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Building the Intentional UniversityMinerva and the Future of Higher Education$
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Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037150

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037150.001.0001

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Multifaceted Acculturation: An Immersive, Community-Based Multicultural Education

Multifaceted Acculturation: An Immersive, Community-Based Multicultural Education

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Building the Intentional University

Norian Caporale-Berkowitz

James Lyda

The MIT Press

Minerva’s education model expands the meaning of a multicultural education by bringing together a truly diverse group of students and immersing them in seven different cultural settings. Our current students come from 50 countries and a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, vary in age from 16 to 25, represent every major world religion, and have personal identities that span the spectrum of racial and ethnic groups, as well as gender and sexual affiliations. In this chapter, we describe the ways that we create a diverse, dynamic, and complex student culture, as reflected in the processes of admissions, orientation, residential life, community programs, extracurriculars, and the creation of student traditions and legacies. The unique model at Minerva provides many opportunities to create a new definition of multicultural education that may be described as "multifaceted acculturation."

Keywords:   Multiculturalism, multicultural education, acculturation, student culture, community

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