William Woods University is planning a 15-week spring semester class focusing on the society of Kenya and climaxing with a week in the African country.
Called “Woods Around the World,” the class will be a cultural study that includes a service-learning trip over spring break and action planning for service-learning projects in the local community when the students return.
The class will be multi-cultural, interdisciplinary, collaborative and service-based in its curricular approach. Issues such as religion, media, economics, health, human rights and the arts will be reviewed before students and faculty see the society first-hand.
William Woods University received a $10,000 grant for the project from the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). WWU also received $5,000 from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation.
William Woods was one of six schools chosen to receive special funding from the College/University Grant fund, a program administered by HELM.