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OTM Award

Month and Year: February 2009
Nominee’s School: UNC Wilmington
Region: SAACURH
Category: Diversity Program of the Month
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Program Title: Around the World
Person in Charge: HRL Staff Nominator: Igor Vasilj
Address: 601 S. College Road Address: 601 S. College Road
Phone: 910-962-4600 Phone: 704-877-3070
E-Mail: tuckera@uncw.edu E-Mail: iv3230@uncw.edu
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On-Campus Population: 3,100
Chapter Size: 31
Target Population for Program: 100 Attendance: 100
Number of People to Organize: 68
Time Needed to Organize: Around 10 hours
Date of Program: February 9, 2009 Cost of Program: Around $2,000
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Program Description:

The RA's turned their respective residence halls into various countries around the world
to get residents to learn all about the countries. We encouraged residents to go to other
areas to learn about different cultures and to appreciate different people from around the
world!

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Program Origin:

It was originally started by Housing department a few years back and is now a tradition
all over campus.

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Goals of Program:

To educate students on the different cultures and things in other countries around the
world.

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Positive and Lasting Effects of Program:

Residents got a great first hand look at many different countries and had fun learning
something new.

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Short Evaluation of Program:

The Apartments/Belk Resident Assistants as well as many of the residents themselves
came together to transform the lobby and study rooms of Belk Hall into Australia. We
focused on three main parts: the tropics, the city, and the Outback. We had many
residents, staff members, and other RA's come out and learn about Australia's culture. We
also encouraged residents to travel over to other countries/areas to experience their
culture too, and to see how they compare and differ. Overall the program was a great
success, a lot of hard work, and lots of fun.

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How Could the Program Be Adapted to Other Campuses?

Very easily if their areas have a lobby or common room. You just pick a country and
focus on its main parts and educate your residents on its cultures and differences. Make it
educational but fun!