Moderator:
Leslie Stone, Executive Director, Lingnan Foundation

Presenters:
1. Prof. William Lee, Associate Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar, Lingnan University
2. Ms. Nurredina Workman, Program Coordinator, Cal Corps Public Service Center, University of California, Berkeley
3. Prof. Bob Erickson, Director of Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars, University of California, Los Angeles
4. Former WT Chan Fellows

Topic:
W.T. Chan Fellowships Program: Curriculum and the Cross-cultural Service-Learning Journey of Chinese Students in the U.S.

Content:
What are the key elements in cross-cultural curriculum planning and implantation of international service-learning programs? How do Chinese students react to a service-learning program planned and administered almost entirely in the United States? How do they handle the cultural shock or what they have seen in the states? Since 2001, the W.T. Chan Fellowships Program** has been selecting exceptional Chinese undergraduate and graduate students for a 5 ½ month service-learning immersion program that is administered by UCLA and UC-Berkeley. Professor William Lee of Lingnan University will offer an overview of the goals and priorities for service learning in the international context. Program administrators from both UCLA and UC-Berkeley will share their cross-cultural development and learning goals. Dr. Carol Ma will address the question of particular needs and expectations for Chinese students in service- learning programs. Finally, former WT Chan Fellows will reflect on their experiences as Chan Fellows and seek to identify their critical cross-cultural service-learning achievements.

Remarks:
** The W. T. Chan Fellowship Program provides challenging educational and leadership opportunities for Chinese Students through community service and intercultural experiences in the United States.
The W.T. Chan Fellowships commemorate Professor Wing-Tsit Chan, former Dean of Lingnan University and distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Religion. The Fellowships extend the Foundation's commitment to higher education, increased international understanding, and personal growth - commitments also very evident in the life and work of Professor Wing-Tsit Chan. In addition, the Chan Fellowships Program addresses and explores the Lingnan motto "Education for Service." It is a step in a movement towards strengthening linkages between academia and communities.
W.T. Chan Fellows are selected on the basis of their interest in non-profit work or service, maturity, flexibility, experience, personal initiative and commitment. After their selection and orientation, each Fellow is assigned to work at a non-profit organization in the United States that addresses a social concern related to his/her interests. With support and guidance from program organizers, the internships are designed to help the Fellows gain practical experience in service work and facilitate inter-cultural cooperation. Fellows live in American homes for the full duration of the program. They also attend seminars on non-profit organization management and community development, cultural events, as well as weekly reflection meetings while in the United States.

Schedule

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2011
Friday, June 10th
9:30 AM

Designing international service-learning programs : WT Chan fellowship at University of California, Berkeley

Nurredina WORKMAN, University of California, Berkeley

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Intercultural service-learning in a liberal arts curriculum

K. M., William LEE, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Needs and expectations : inter-cultural service-learning

Hok Ka, Carol MA, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

W. T. Chan Program at UCLA

Bob ERICKSON, University of California, Los Angeles

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM