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Understandings of Puerto Rican Identity | Faculty-led Program


Understandings of Puerto Rican Identity (GS 350) is a faculty-led course that examines the complex culture and diversity on the Puerto Rican Island. The specific sites to be visited in Puerto Rico are important in Puerto Rican history and culture and encapsulate the essence of the island and its people. Participants will have ample opportunity to use Spanish outside the classroom and interact with Puerto Ricans from diverse backgrounds. The unbreakable ties between Puerto Ricans who live on the island and those who live on the mainland of the United States will be explored both in our interactions with communities, people and organizations on the island, but also through literature, poetry and film. This course will also examine the turbulent history that Puerto Rico has had with Spain and the United States. As participants synthesize the knowledge and experiences gained on the trip, we will look to the future as Puerto Ricans grapple with decisions regarding statehood and Americans on and off the island reconcile beliefs about freedom, human rights and the American Dream. Although this course is designed to meet the needs of new travelers stepping outside of their comfort zone, all students are welcome.

In order to deeply explore and develop understandings of Puerto Rican identity (as a people and a commonwealth), this travel study will be grounded in lessons and experiences about personal identity, cultural and linguistic identity and the places, experiences and cuisine that make Puerto Rico quintessentially Puerto Rico. It is impossible to study Puerto Rican identity without also exploring Puerto Rican communities on the mainland and their connections to the island as well as the historical political and social events that has created the Puerto Rico of 2022. To achieve learning this material, we will study:
-The history of colonialism and the founding of Puerto Rico
-Puerto Rico's culturally diverse history
-Puerto Rico and its political status/standing as a part of the United States
-Reasons that Puerto Ricans remain or leave the mainland and a compare/contrast of Puerto Rican communities on and off the island
-Language in Puerto Rico
-Indigenous and Afro Latino histories and cultures of Puerto Rico
-Expressions of identity culture and history through literature, poetry and film
-Other important facets of life on the island such as food, art, architecture and geography
-Biodiversity and sustainability of Puerto Rican natural treasures

In order to deeply explore and develop understandings of Puerto Rican identity (as a people and a commonwealth), this faculty-led program will be grounded in lessons and experiences about personal identity, cultural and linguistic identity and the places, experiences and cuisine that make Puerto Rico quintessentially Puerto Rico. It is impossible to study Puerto Rican identity without also exploring Puerto Rican communities on the mainland and their connections to the island as well as the historical political and social events that has created the Puerto Rico of 2022. To achieve learning this material, students will study:
  • The history of colonialism and the founding of Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico's culturally diverse history
  • Puerto Rico and its political status/standing as a part of the United States
  • Reasons that Puerto Ricans remain or leave the mainland and a compare/contrast of Puerto Rican communities on and off the island
  • Language in Puerto Rico
  • Indigenous and Afro Latino histories and cultures of Puerto Rico
  • Expressions of identity culture and history through literature, poetry and film
  • Other important facets of life on the island such as food, art, architecture and geography
  • Biodiversity and sustainability of Puerto Rican natural treasures
Students must:
  • have the ability to hike on hiking trails for up to two hours at a time.
  • have the ability to participate in walking tours of historical and cultural sites.
  • have the ability to tolerate heat, humidity and mosquitoes.
  • must be able to carry their own luggage to and from transportation and lodging.
TENTATIVE TRAVEL DATES
June 18-July 1, 2022
The length of this program is approximately 14 days. The program start date may shift earlier by up to 10 days. Finalized program dates will be determined in October 2021.

DESTINATIONS
Puerto Rico: San Juan, El Yunque, Fajardo, Isabela, Mayaguez, Ponce

COURSE
GS 350 - 4 credits

TARGET AUDIENCE
  • Spanish majors and minors 
  • Spanish Teaching majors 
  • Bilingual and Bicultural Education minors
  • Students interested in developing Spanish proficiency
  • Freshmen and Sophomores
ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES
Successful completion of SPAN 102 or higher

COSTS
  • Range between $3,600 - $4,400 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for the 4 credit GS 350 course, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational activities, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
INSTRUCTORS
  • Dr. Amy Hornby Uribe (ahornbyuribe@winona.edu)               
  • Oscar Uribe Mardones (oscar.uribemardones@winona.edu)        

STUDY ABROAD CONTACT INFO
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs
kathy.jicinsky@winona.edu

                      
DEADLINES 
  • February 1, 2022: Application Deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • March 20, 2022: 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 Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.   
  • May 28, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of May 28. 


 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/18/2022 07/01/2022

** 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.