Many faculty are working to engage students with diverse ethnic populations. This session will describe the international service-learning experiences of nursing students in Latin America and how these experiences have been linked to the academic goals of their community health course. The process of cultural competence and the learning dimensions of cultural competence serve as the organizing frameworks for this service-learning experience and facilitate the connection between service and practice. Participants will receive practical tips to utilize as they plan their own experiences for students with diverse cultures.
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Dr. Roxanne Amerson is an assistant professor at Clemson University, where she teaches community health nursing and family nursing. She has completed certificates in international public health and transcultural nursing. Her research has focused on international service-learning and cultural competence in nursing students. Her publications relate to teaching cultural competence, working with homeless families, and utilizing Multiple Intelligence Theory in the nursing classroom. She is currently certified as a Certified Nurse Educator by NLN and as a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced by the Transcultural Nursing Society. During her doctoral study at Clemson University, she received the Deborah Partridge Wolfe Laureate Doctoral Scholarship for Multicultural Education. She was the first doctoral student at Clemson University to receive this prestigious award. She is a recent recipient of the Palmetto Gold Award in South Carolina, a statewide nursing recognition program that showcases the valuable contributions nurses make to patient care in South Carolina. She has served as treasurer and president of the Gamma Mu Chapter of STTI at Clemson University. She is currently a member of the International Service Task Force for STTI at the national level. She recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a research study which will focus on preventing and reducing childhood mortality rates associated with diarrhea in Guatemala.
Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes. In 2012- 2013, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas: Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K-12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process. This program comes to you as a public service of Clemson University. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. You will need to call in if you wish to speak on the live program.