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  • Locations: Hayward, WI, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
Faculty-led programs

Ojibwa Tribe: Contemporary Mental Health, Social, and Cultural Issues | Faculty-led Program

This program will expose students interested in nursing, public health, counseling, psychology, social work, education, and criminal justice to life issues, mental health concerns and social justice needs of Indigenous Peoples, namely the Ojibwa of Wisconsin in Lac Courte Oreilles. These include, but are not limited to: the effects of internalized oppression, the effects of poverty on mental health and wellness, women's issues, effects of assimilation, addiction, depression, and suicide. Major topics and themes to be covered in the course include Ojibwa history, customs, language, culture and society, significant historical events, current mental health concerns and interventions used in counseling, and social justice issues prevalent in Native and Ojibwa culture.This program includes travel to Lac Courte Oreilles, WI, where students will be immersed in Native American culture, geography and history. As part of this program, students will attend a Pow Wow, meet with the Tribal Judge to discuss Treaty Rights, participate in an indigenous edible hike, visit a tribal farm, take part in a language lesson, participate in a beading class, and interview local mental health professionals and service organizations.

Students will be expected to walk a few miles on moderate hikes and tours.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be required to provide their own transportation to/from Hayward, Wisconsin and throughout the program. The estimated number of miles students will drive in/around Hayward while participating in the program activities is 150-200. Students will be provided a detailed itinerary of specific dates, times, and locations for the program activities. Students are responsible for getting themselves to/from the course activities unless otherwise stated within the itinerary. Winona State University does not provide insurance coverage for personal vehicles.

Lac Courte Oreilles and Hayward, Wisconsin

  • Class Sessions from 5-8pm on June 17, June 24, and July 3 (held in Winona, but students can Skype in if necessary)
  • Travel Dates: July 15 - 19, 2020
  • Post-trip class session from 5-8pm on July 29

CE 495/595: Ojibwa Tribe: Contemporary Mental Health, Social and Cultural Issues (3 credits)

  • Declared majors in Nursing, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice; Graduate students in Counselor Education
  • Junior or senior class standing or graduate student

  • Range from $1,700 - $2,000 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
  • Includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 3-credit course, all lodging, most meals, admission/event fees for all educational activities, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. PLEASE NOTE: Students will be required to provide their own transportation to/from Hayward, Wisconsin and throughout the program. The estimated amount of miles students will drive in/around Hayward for the program is 150-200.
  • Dr. Mary Fawcett, Professor in the Counselor Education Department (
  • Tracy Martin, M.S., LPC at the Black River Falls Ho-Chunk Nation Behavioral Health Department (
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2019 at 4pm. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. After being accepted, the $500 confirmation deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled. Students will be accepted for this program on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • April 16, 2020: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance should be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • June 24, 2020: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of June 24, 2020.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 11/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/15/2020 07/19/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.