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A GLOBAL EDUCATION Intercultural education expands students’ global awareness A s the world becomes more interconnected, many employers expect students to be able to navigate diverse and cross-cultural contexts. Recognizing the need to prepare students for a global world, MCC facilitates opportunities to experience diverse cultures and forge global connections. By taking advantage of these opportunities, students can gain the knowledge needed for life in a diverse world. “We nurture a more harmonious college and community by helping our students acquire the education, skills and resources necessary to prosper in a global and multicultural world,” said Mary Umberger, speech instructor and a founding member of MCC’s Institute for Cultural Connections. Bringing such experiences into education can also inspire students to become lifelong learners, Umberger said. Students can draw upon a wealth of cultural experiences as they continue to explore the world. Cultural programs and events MCC’s community-based cultural programs bring people together in ways that express their ideas, traditions and values. Annual events, such as the Cinco de Mayo Celebration, International Fair and Black History Month, bring diverse speakers and performers to the Omaha community. Each September, the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow brings students and the community together with Native American dance, crafts and music. Most of these events are free. For a full calendar of events, visit Diversity Matters Series Recognizing the different learning styles and interests within the community, MCC launched the Diversity Matters Film and Lecture Series and Book Series in 2005 and 2008 as personal and professional development opportunities for students, staff and community members. Each year, materials that highlight a variety of diversity topics are selected. Participation is free and open to the public. For more information, visit 17 • community •

Community - Summer 2014

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