Gaudino Fellowship: Immersive Engagement and Reflection Winter 2024

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The Gaudino Fund is offering Gaudino Fellowships for a group of 2 to 4 students during Winter Study, based upon a proposed domestic or foreign collaborative project. Student teams should organize their proposed projects around two main components: direct encounter with otherness and self-reflection. Projects will be evaluated on whether they subject the students to “uncomfortable learning”, i.e. having an experience that challenges and perhaps alters one’s view of what it is to live a good life and the group’s commitment to incorporate separate home stays for each fellow as part of their project, either joint or separate work/engagement internships, and a structure to facilitate collaborative action and learning. The team selected will be guided and overseen by the Gaudino Scholar who will conduct appropriate preparatory discussions and follow-up sessions to optimize and help students articulate lessons learned from the overall experience. The intent of the program is to open the student to an understanding (of both the familiar and unfamiliar), and to a development of empathy, that could not be achieved without the fellowship experience. N.B. Each prospective team needs to meet with the Gaudino Scholar as early as possible, but no later than September, and submit their group application by September 30. Application guidelines can be found at winterstudy.williams.edu. Each student is expected to write a short (3-4 page) self-reflection before leaving for WSP, keep a journal of their experience, as well as write a 8-10 page paper by the end of the Winter Study period reflecting on their experiences and what has changed in the student’s perceptions and beliefs from the opening essay. They will also meet the other members of the team on a weekly basis during Winter Study and regularly update the Gaudino Scholar by email and/or Skype calls. The team that receives the Gaudino Fellowship will give a brief presentation to the Board about their experience at the Board’s spring meeting in April. The team whose project is approved will receive the Gaudino Fellow designation. In addition, students on Financial Aid will receive Gaudino funding from a minimum of 50% to a maximum of 90% of the budget for the project up to $2,500, as determined by the Financial Aid office. No additional funding for students’ projects will be provided by the College.
The Class: Format: independent study
Limit: 10
Expected: NA
Class#: 1312
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: 10-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: selection is made on basis of proposal
Unit Notes: Once proposals are approved, the Registrar's Office will register students.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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