Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.20
Liaison Juanita Van Norman
Submission Date Aug. 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christie Nairn
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Clearwater: A Global Experience in a Local Community (14 days)

The intensive two-week course allows students to explore the reinvention of rural towns, and to discover the relationships between farm operations, rural culture, and the environment. A uniquely UM education, the world becomes the classroom, and the Clearwater community becomes a living textbook. It’s interactive and experiential learning that you can only get in Manitoba. Deeply rooted in the homesteader traditions of the past century and a half, and with an eye on a sustainable environmental and economic future, the town of Clearwater and the Harvest Moon Society work collaboratively to ensure the health of their community.

International, rural, and urban students process their way through assumptions of difference towards developing an understanding that we’re all bonded by our shared human experiences. You sense this immediately when you see the students interact with each other, and with the town at large. What the students receive in learning, they give back in labour. Part of the course includes community projects. You’ll see students mending fences of the chicken coop, painting the stands at the local baseball diamonds, and helping in the coordination of community events.

As part of the many Travel/Study courses available in Summer Session, students encounter a truly global learning experience. Courses can pack as much as 6 credit hours in a span of two weeks, while offering a truly remarkable education.


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