Research confirms that the trajectories of students like those who attend Guttman Community College can be dramatically and positively changed when they are offered what has now become known as “high impact practices” and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Global Guttman is a program for students to travel and engage in innovative ways with populations and institutions and expand their visions of themselves and the world.
In 2016 the College offered four outstanding short-term, faculty-led travel programs embedded within courses:
- Alaska: Examining youth culture through the study of young adult literature in Anchorage. (April 2016)
- Germany: Exploring urban issues critical to young people in both New York City and Berlin. (June 2016)
- Ecuador: Researching the complexities of ecosystems in the Chocó biodiversity region. (July 2016)
- Jamaica: Working in health clinics and participating in literacy activities. (July 2016)
Studying abroad is transformative. For many Guttman students, these trips mark their first travel opportunities. By experiencing new cultures and languages while grappling with complex global issues, students benefit personally, educationally, and professionally. They gain a better understanding of themselves and improve their ability to evaluate elements of their own cultures. In addition, multicultural interactions become more natural. When asked to reflect on how the trip changed them, the students strove to find the right words to describe new senses of wonder and purpose.