Developing Student Empathy in Study Abroad Programming | Seed Grant 2019

By Elizabeth L Karcher1, Jacey Wickenhauser

Purdue University

As the world population continues to grow, students studying agricultural disciplines must be culturally literate and have the capacity to communicate with diverse audiences.

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This research was funded by the 2019 CILMAR Seed Grant. The YouTube link to the presentation can be found at:

In order to begin reaching this goal of student cultural literacy, the research team created an intercultural experience for Animal Sciences students that combined two high impact practices (study abroad and Learning Communities). Students participated in a 10-day summer program studying animal agriculture in northern Italy and then an on-campus course during the fall semester. This presentation discusses the methods and findings for student intercultural development and empathy assessment.

If you are interested in applying for the CILMAR Seed Grant, information can be found here: Applicants should be employed and/or pursuing a course of study at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

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  • Elizabeth L Karcher, Jacey Wickenhauser (2023). Developing Student Empathy in Study Abroad Programming | Seed Grant 2019. (Version 2.0).

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