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ERIC Number: EJ792673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Ambassadors: Students Building Foundations for a More Peaceful World
Fitzhugh, Nicholas
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v21 n2 p23, 25 Fall 2006
Conflict and inequality are growing overseas, and anti-American sentiment is growing with them. A recent survey of 350 returning study abroad students, conducted by the Glimpse Foundation, found that 37 percent felt discriminated against because of their identity as Americans, and 13 percent actually felt threatened because of their nationality. More than half the respondents to the Glimpse survey said that most locals who expressed negative attitudes towards and strengthen the United States differentiated between the American people and the American government. It is imperative that the United States reverse anti-Americanism while leading efforts to resolve the challenges facing the members of their global family. Americans are fortunate that the institution of "study abroad" is growing in popularity. It is one of the best ways to provide students with the knowledge and tools they will need to effectively mediate conflict and rapidly and compassionately respond to global crises. Study abroad students serve as "de facto" ambassadors for the United States while they are abroad, helping to explain their policies, politics and culture, and showing that there is often a difference between official America and Americans. Thus, to reduce global anti-American sentiment while leading efforts to resolve the challenges facing their global family, they must devote additional institutional resources to increasing study abroad participation and enhancing its value. They must also devote more resources to leveraging the knowledge garnered by those who study abroad and their enthusiasm for it. This will serve to open the eyes and minds of those who have not shared their experiences and inspire ever-more students to study abroad.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States