Giving students the opportunity to explore, understand, and incorporate new ideas, cultures, and ways-of-life are important components of ALEC’s HIE program.
Throughout the academic year, ALEC offers several faculty-led international study abroad trips for students. These are designed to immerse students in different cultures, develop their intercultural communication skills, and add to their knowledge of agriculture outside of the United States.
The Department also currently offers two faculty-led domestic “study away” trips. These are meant to expose students to the rich multicultural history of the United States, while encouraging students to conduct field research and personal reflection during the experience.
On-campus diversity opportunity
CLUES is a collaboration between ALEC and the Department of Multicultural Services. The program provides an opportunity for sophomore students to immerse themselves as leaders in multicultural and diverse environments across campus and beyond. The program brings together students from different academic concentrations and focuses on leadership, multiculturalism, and diversity.
Domestic Study Away HIEs
This course was established to provide students the opportunity to experience agriculture across the country, en route to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Through this course, students build relationships, engage across differences, apply and test course topics in new situations, and reflect on personal development.
The 10 week program provides students with the opportunity to apply coursework in real-world settings away from campus. Students build relationships, engage across differences, apply and test course topics in new situations, and reflect on personal development. The 30 day field experience includes various stops in the Southwestern United States which are meant to stimulate students’ attitudes on advocacy, outreach, diversity, and community engagement.