Cross-Cultural Connections (C3)
The C3: Cross-Cultural Connections Program is an organization with a campus wide initiative to provide a meaningful life-time experience for students by broadening their understanding of other cultures and global issues. It serves as an invaluable resource for students of all backgrounds to come together in a safe environment to address the challenges and obstacles that we face as a community. C3 also celebrates the unique talents and experiences that we all bring as global citizens. Through weekly programs, both self-supported and in cooperation with other on- and off-campus organizations, C3 strives to present information in a friendly, interactive setting that encourages questions and sharing of experiences, while supporting and empowering each other to make change.
- To enhance cultural competency, cross-cultural perspectives, and global understanding for C3 participants and the greater college community
- To develop and implement programming that puts theory into practice
- To develop a community of learners outside the traditional classroom
C3 members commit each semester to attending at least 10 hours of Intercultural Development, 5 hours of C3 workshops, 10 hours of Community Service and Outreach, and 5 hours of C3 Community Building.
In 2013-2014, 93 members of the C3 Program engaged in over 1,000 hours of out-of-classroom education and service: Intercultural Development—502 hours; Community Service & Outreach—207 hours; and C3 Workshops—273 hours.
2014 - 2015 Team
Students actively design and implement much of the programming, which is coordinated by the C3 Student Executive Team. Team members register for IDPT 407: Diversity and Global Engagement Practicum and receive 0.5 credit each semester for their contributions to the program.
The team works with the C3 Program Assistant and the CDGE Director to implement C3 programming goals; study cultural competency education; and hone leadership, writing, speaking, and critical/creative thinking skills.
Why Do Students Apply to C3?
There are many reasons why students want to be part of C3, but according to their applications for the past two years, these are the Top 9. Numbers after each identify the number of students who submitted the response.
Gain "a new sense of humility"; learn from others with different cultural experiences (76); share diverse experiences (34); meet people with intercultural interests (27); make new friends (26); ease transition from study abroad to the Wooster campus, and express one's cultural identity (23); grow/change as a person (20); develop collaboration skills, and build and become part of a strong community (17); broaden knowledge about controversial and social justice issues (16); and develop communication skills (14).
Upcoming Workshops - 2014 Fall Semester
- Microaggressions Awareness: Sept. 17, Wed., 6 – 7:30 p.m. Babcock Formal Lounge. Led by LEAD team members.
- Prep for C3 Campus Climate Conversation with President Cornwell: Sept. 26, Fri., Noon in Lowry 250.
- Globalism and Nuclear Energy/Disasters: Oct. 15, Wed., 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Babcock Formal Lounge. Led by Susan Stranahan, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist.
- Safe Zone Ally Training: Oct. 16, Thur., 6 to 9 p.m. Babcock Formal Lounge.
- Borderlands—Social Change/Human Trafficking: "Organizing for Social Change to Eradicate Human Trafficking": Oct. 20, Mon., 7:30 – 9 p.m. Babcock Formal Lounge. Discussion led by Anthony Talbott (Abolition Ohio).
- "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Trafficking: Putting Theory into Practice" Panel Discussion, Oct. 21, Tues., 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. Babcock Formal Lounge. Anthony Talbott and Dan Archer (cartoonist, Standford U.). Moderated by Matt Krain, Professor of Political Science.
- "Standing in Her Shoes: Transnational Politics in U.S. Asylum Policy for Chinese Opposing Population Control." Oct. 23, Thur., 7:30 p.m. Babcock Formal Lounge. Sara McKinnon (U of Wisconsin–Madison). Workshop discussion at 6:30 p.m.
- Masculinities and Art: Oct. 22, Wed., 6 – 8 p.m. Wooster Art Museum. Led by Kitty Zurko, museum director.
- Gaza/Israel—History as the Way Into Dialogue: Oct. 28, Tues., 6 – 8 p.m. Kauke 305. Led by Joan Friedman, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies.
- Safe Zone Ally Training: Nov. 5, Wed., 9 p.m. to Midnight. Babcock Formal Lounge.
- Microaggressions Awareness: Nov. 18, Tues. 6 – 8 p.m. Babcock Lower Level Lounge. Led by LEAD team members.
100 Babcock Hall
Parker Suddeth, 330-287-1910