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2011.10.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Service-Learning Project Focuses on Immigrants

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Service Learning Academy will bring together 45 UNO students and 20 Avenue Scholars students from Ralston Public High School for a P-16 service learning project in collaboration with the Intercultural Senior Center in South Omaha.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, UNO and Ralston High School students will meet with the seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Intercultural Senior Center to engage in meaningful dialogues through interviews with the seniors. The Avenue Scholars will learn how to interview and write up narratives while focusing on the life experiences of the Latino immigrant population in South Omaha.

Avenue Scholars from Ralston High will work with students from a UNO Latino/Latin-American Studies class to create a book entitled Face to the Faceless: Immigrants Who Built Omaha. The project aims at identifying the stereotypes people have in Omaha about the immigrants, learning about the life stories of immigrants, their struggles when emigrating, and their contribution to building the City of Omaha.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences. The Service Learning Academy at UNO and Avenue Scholars work in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Maria Arbelaez, UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and History Department, 402-554-3649 or marbelaez@unomaha.edu; Ferial Pearson, Ralston High School Avenue Scholars Program, 402.898.3575 or fpearson@avescholars.org.

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