La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – Two instructors at Western Technical College will gain a new understanding for of the Hmong culture.
Lin Rauch and Pam Solberg will travel to Thailand as part of the Fulbright-Hays-Group Project Abroad program.
They will learn more about the Hmong culture and incorporate it into their future curriculum.
The two hope it will help students better relate to those around them in their future careers.
“Understanding other cultures is essential to cultural competency, effective communication and both the Hmong students and non-Hmong students will be sharing workplaces in the community,” Solberg said. “So that communication is important.”
“Bringing this cultural awareness, sensitivity and ability to communicate in methods and manners that are not only just verbal, but physical as well and being able to reach out, that will not only reach out to the Hmong population, but the other cultures they may come across in the future,” Rauch said.
The trip will leave mid June and return a month later. It will include visits to schools, historical sites and even home stays to immerse them in the Hmong culture.