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What It Was Like to Study Abroad in the LGBTQ+ Capital of Australia

Jun 3, 2019 10:45:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Jeff Chan tells us about his experience as an LGBTQ+ student abroad. He tells us why he chose Sydney as his destination for a semester away from UMass Amherst and how he has been celebrating his identity!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Diversity Abroad

Asian Pacific Artistry Meets the Land Down Under

May 26, 2019 10:02:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Kim Corona attends an immersive art exhibit reflecting multiculturalism from Asia Pacific to Brisbane and talks about some of the compelling artwork she came across. Check out the backstories of the renowned pieces and artists she's covered, including Aboriginal, Pakistani, and Thai artists.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Diversity Abroad

Culture, Colleagues, and Concentrate: How I Broke the Ice at my Internship in London

May 24, 2019 10:32:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Juan Gonzalez shares some of the memorable moments from his internship with Kingston Smith LLP in London. He also talks about his innocent mishap involving juice that made for a great laugh with his colleagues! As he reflects on the positive corporate culture and how he was able to foster social connections, he expresses his gratitude for a fulfilling experience during his semester and internship abroad.

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Posted in: London, England, Internships Abroad

What It's Like Studying Abroad in Shanghai as An American Raised Chinese

May 13, 2019 11:08:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Malia Waltman opens up about her American identity and Chinese heritage, as well as how she is reconciling these facets of herself in Shanghai. She also talks about her experiences with locals, including the advantages and disadvantages of blending in abroad.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Diversity Abroad

Experiencing Carnaval de Fraga in Spain

Apr 13, 2019 2:45:00 PM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Juan Gonzalez attends the Carnaval de Fraga and celebrates this lively annual tradition in Fraga, Spain. With millions of people of all ages participating in the Carnaval, the city ramps up its energy and shows off its fun side. Juan also falls in love with the city's culture and shares how he was welcomed by the locals!

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

The Empowering Experience of Women in the Sydney Music Scene

Apr 7, 2019 3:12:00 PM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Kim Corona writes about the sense of camaraderie she experienced after seeing singers Mitski and Clairo live in Sydney. As a music enthusiast, she tells us about the creative spirit in the city, what it's like to be surrounded by locals with similar interests, and the empowering experience within music. 

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Diversity Abroad

Experiencing Lunar New Year in Sydney as a Chinese American

Feb 23, 2019 10:22:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Jeff Chan shows us how Lunar New Year is celebrated in Sydney. He tells us about the similarities and differences between the celebrations in Sydney and Boston (where he grew up), as well as what he enjoyed the most during this cultural festival. 

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of a new year based on the lunar calendar. Determined by the cycles of the moon, this date changes from year to year. Typically held in January or February, cities all across the world hold festivals and celebrations to help ring in the new year. Unlike the United States, Sydney celebrates the holiday for a week!

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Posted in: International Education, Sydney, Australia, Diversity Abroad

On Black History Month in Florence and the Black Archive Alliance

Feb 19, 2019 2:56:31 PM / by Guest Posts

The following is an excerpt from a paper written by Lauren Ehrmann—currently a sophomore of Indiana University—that focuses on Black History Month as celebrated in Florence, Italy. The research paper was completed as a requirement of receiving a Diversity Advocates Program Grant and studies other organizations in Florence that explore and encourage the intersections of cultural heritage and immigration. Lauren's focus on these organizations is born of an effort to explore the porosity of multiple cultural heritages made possible in Florence, and the ways that CAPA students could become involved with either cultural heritage or immigration issues while there.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Diversity Abroad

How Teaching English at Anelli Mancanti Reshaped my Perspective of Florence

Feb 13, 2019 11:45:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Fall 2018 Diversity Advocates scholar Lauren Ehrmann reflects on her time teaching English at Anelli Mancanti in Florence and how her experience teaching locals with diverse backgrounds completely changed her preconceived ideas about Florence.

I arrived at the specified time to a historic building with bright orange hallways decorated with optimistic murals about community and diversity, ready for my first day of volunteering. Linguistic confusion ensued when I asked the young adults at the front desk where to find Jacopo, the person I was supposed to meet: they cheerfully tried out their English on me, while I further confused things by attempting to use my rudimentary Italian. Just as I was about to despair, I was saved: Jacopo came down the stairs, shook my hand, and greeted me (much to my relief) in excellent English.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Diversity Abroad

The Forgotten Story of Florence’s Cultural Exchange with the Islamic World

Feb 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Fall 2018 Diversity Advocates scholar and art history major Lauren Ehrmann experiences the Islam e Firenze exhibit at the Uffizi Gallery and shares her Revisionist History-style take on the forgotten story of Florence’s exchange with the Islamic world.

Like any good art history major, the Uffizi was first on my list of things to see in Florence. I hurried to the galleries my second day in the city. When I arrived to the grey arched courtyard that contains the entrance to the museum, I noticed a large banner proclaiming the special exhibit currently running: Islam e Firenze.

My specialization within art history is Islamic art, so naturally I was overjoyed to see an exhibition about my area of interest. I rushed through the whole museum to get to the special exhibit space at the very end which housed the show.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Diversity Abroad

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