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Service-Learning in the Navajo Nation - May 10 - 26, 2015

The OSCE is again partnering with Dr. Edward Karshner, Associate Professor of English, the Center for Global Engagement and the Office of Engaged Learning to offer a two-week Service-Learning trip to the Navajo Nation located in the Four Corners region of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.  All students who particpate in this "awesome adventure" must register for ELIT1310-A Literature at Home and Abroad to be held the 2nd eight weeks of the spring term.  The fee for the trip is $2,500, with a $500 deposit due by January 26, 2015.
This life-changing experience will include visiting and learning about sacred and cultural sites explored in class, and providing hands-on volunteer service alongside Navajo residents.  Activities include hiking in Chaco Canyon; a jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly; visiting Window Rock, AZ - capitol of the Navajo Nation, the Four Corners Monument and its Navajo artists, Anasazi Ruins in Aztec, NM, the University of New Mexico Museums, Richardson's Trading Post in Gallup, NM and a Navajo-run horse therapy program in Dilkan, AZ.  Students will have the opportunity to dine with renown Navajo scholar Paul Zolbrod in Old Town Albuquerque.  Students will also have the opportunity to camp in a rural community outside of Gallup, NM at the home of Navajo storyteller and former RMU Rooney International Visiting Scholar, Sunny Dooley, where they will assist the family in preparing Ms. Dooley's new hogan for a traditional blessing ceremony.  Service opportunities will also be available at the Indian Health Services site in Gallup, NM.       

Students who went on the 2013 trip are still raving about it!  Join the adventure!  Contact Dr. Karshner for more information at or 412-397-6444.