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Not Your Average Summer Camp

by Susan O’Leary

The Times

Article excerpt

VU summer program promotes diversity, tolerance

“We want students to learn what it means to be a leader in the community, especially globally,” said Frake, VU’s assistant director of International Students and Scholars. “We keep the kids very, very busy.”

Our take

Connecting Globally, On Campus

At Valparaiso University (VU) high school students from around the world are coming together to learn about leadership and community. Their diverse backgrounds provide a rich foundation for conversation and collaboration. What benefit might a program like this present for your own high school students—or your university—to come together around topics like technology and innovation?

It’s difficult to learn about different cultures without becoming immersed in those cultures, something few high school students have the opportunity to do. VUs Global Leadership Institute provides somewhat of an approximation through an intense week-long program where students learn, live and socialize with each other. Attendance has grown from 15 the first year, to 70 for this year’s institute.