Kelsey - Navajo Reservation
"I feel that the most change has occurred in recognizing the unique qualities of a culture. The Navajo Reservation is the equivalent of a third world country within the United States. Seeing the people of the Navajo culture and interacting with them in their environment aided in recognizing the unique qualities of a culture. The Navajo have traditions, customs, values, etc. that people who live two miles from the Reservation do not have. It was interesting to see the differences between the 'Navajo World' and the 'White World.' For example, the Navajo people use traditional Navajo healing ceremonies and blessings in place of Western medicine."
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has offered the Navajo Cultural Immersion in Arizona annually since 2012. Students take a spring semester course which focuses on the culture and history of the Navajo Nation. Students then travel to Arizona during the summer to spend ten days immersed in the culture. In 2012, the group met a World War II Code Talker. This program is open to students of any major.