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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses. “You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More

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L’Arche internship, and a penny-seeking new friend who sings the Beatles, helps to turn recent grad into D.C. resident

For recent Eastern Mennonite University graduate Mandi Stoll, the past several weeks since ending her cross-cultural semester at the Washington Community Scholar’s Center (WCSC) and walking in commencement ceremonies have been a “different kind of busy.” Instead of looking for a job and worrying about w ...More

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Cross-cultural reunion, ‘Jubilee’ memories, alumni awards, one-man drama, sports, mark successful 2014 Homecoming

“I was on a low-level adrenalin rush the whole time during my cross-cultural,” said Tim Swartzendruber at the 20th anniversary reunion of his Eastern Mennonite University group that spent a semester in France and Ivory Coast. “It was learning at its highest level.” Seventeen of the 28 in the group flew in from as far ...More

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Faculty dismayed by Israel’s bulldozing of trees on West Bank farm owned by Palestinian graduate’s family

A large boulder rests beside the dirt road at the entrance to the Nassar family farm southwest of Bethlehem. On it the following phrase is written, in English, German and Arabic: “We refuse to be enemies.” It is a motto that has been put to the test over and over, most recently in May when Israeli bulldozers destroyed orchards on the farm, some with trees planted by Eastern Mennonite ...More

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Seven fantastic reasons to go on an EMU cross-cultural

As one of the top “study abroad” colleges in the U.S, EMU is well-known for its emphasis on cross-cultural understanding and real-world experience. Students in our program travel with veteran faculty who are more than experts – they’re men ...More

Holy Week Reflection from EMU professor Don Clymer

A new creation: a Holy Week reflection from Don Clymer

A lesson on not judging someone based on outward appearances by Don Clymer, EMU professor of Spanish and humanities “I love Americans,” Pedro announced to the small group gathered for the Wednesday evening Bible study. “I love your music, your language, your people.” ...More

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Helping schools bridge cross-cultural divides

The baggage that comes with feeling new and out of place in a foreign milleu is heavy, especially for children who can’t communicate with their peers in the United States. Having experienced feeling like an outsider during their required cross-culturals, dozens of EMU grads employed by Harrisonburg City schools are using their cross-cul ...More

Fostering international student success at James Madison University

After experiencing cross-cultural studies and interacting with students from all over the world during their undergraduate years, several EMU alumni have found their perfect job in facilitating this same rich exchange at the larger university a few miles away. James Madison University has a thriving community of approximately 450 international students and scholars from 75 countries. More than ...More

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In the ‘real world’ of DC students wrestle with values and career

Photos by Jon Styer. Shoulder–to-Shoulder, a Washington D.C.-based interfaith coalition that works to end anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, has its work cut out for it. Political campaigns throughout the 2012 election season made use of xenophobic language, and vandalism of mosques made headlines repeatedly over the past year, including an incident at a mosque a few ...More

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The history of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center

In the fall of 1976, Phil Baker-Shenk arrived in Washington D.C., intending to advance the causes of international human rights and nuclear disarmament through an internship with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. However, as an 18-year-old college undergrad at the bottom of the organization’s rungs, he found himself shuffled to its underfunded and understaffed N ...More