Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.82
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sharon Olsen
Director, Education Abroad
Center for International Education (CIE)
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

CSULB offers the following three immersive, sustainability-focused educational study programs:
1. University 300I Special Topics: Urban Poverty: Problems and Prescriptions
In this alternative spring break course, students travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to work on a service-learning urban gardening project with a non-profit organization, Repair the World. Students learn to make connections between theory and practice, while also giving back to the community. During this course, students will learn about topics such as the characteristics of low-wage work and its role in the perpetuation of poverty; the relationship between poverty discourse and anti-poverty policy; and the economic, social, and political mechanisms at play in urban contexts and their intersections with race, class, and gender.

2. ENGR 302. Energy and Environment: A Global Perspective
This study abroad course provides a global perspective of the world’s economic, ecological, and societal structures and the impacts that surround them. As a hybrid course with 50% seat-time and 50% fieldwork in an international location, this course challenges students to ascertain the fundamentals of renewable/non-renewable energy sources, market and technology trends, human-induced climate changes, pollution, ozone depletion, and recycling.

3. MGMT 300/495: Study Management in Thailand
During this 3-week summer study abroad program, business students travel to Thailand’s Mahidol University International College (MUIC) and take classes in international leadership. Students spend the first two weeks in Chiang Rai working with a non-governmental organization called Mirror Foundation that provides support to needy and low-income tribal hill peoples. Students will also have the opportunity to help improve a local school structure for the children of Burmese workers. Additional course activities include visits to local businesses such as a coffee plantation and the Bangkok office of Nestle where students learn about business strategy, operations, and management, including considerations of environmental impact and corporate social responsibility.


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