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January 12, 2017

Service Learning Trip at Lasell

At the heart of the Shoulder to Shoulder International Service-Learning programs at Lasell College, students explore, serve, and grow.  This Spring, students are traveling to Antigua and Vietnam to learn and work alongside their local partners, embracing the active learning of Lasell's Connected Learning philosophy.  

Students from the Vietnam Immersion (ECON207) class are traveling to Vietnam for two weeks with Professors Anh Tran, Ph.D., and Margo Lemieux, M.F.A., M.Ed..  Students are currently in the central coast city of Da Nang, Vietnam, volunteering with the organization SOS Children's Villages International, where they are helping children with English pronunciation.  In preparation for their trip, students studied Vietnamese politics, economics, culture, and history so they are able to immerse themselves within the community.  Their adventures can be followed at  

Led by Professors Elizabeth Hartman, Ph.D., and Amy Maynard, Ed.D., students from the Intercultural Competence and the Global Classroom in Antigua (ED232) class will be in Antigua for a week working within the public schools of T.N. Kirnon Primary School and Green Bay.  The trip includes a school-based experience of forty hours spent observing, supporting, and teaching students with and without disabilities.  Students will be blogging their experiences at   

The Shoulder to Shoulder immersion experiences to Antigua and Vietnam are just a few of the seventy programs that Lasell has to offer, all of which provide students with multicultural and multidisciplinary experiences that bring what they learn in the classroom to a global perspective.  This is one of the reasons why Lasell received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in January 2015, a prestigious endorsement that less than 10% of higher education institutions nationwide have received.  In regards to this recognition, James Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lasell, stated "By building service projects into the actual, credit-bearing activity of college life at Lasell, its students have experienced learning and community improvement as parts of the same activity - and they realize they are members of an institution that is committed to this synthesis." Indeed, when it comes to the Shoulder to Shoulder programs, students are not just learning, they are pursuing great, abroad.