CED 497 Application
Application due May 30, 2021.

Have you ever wondered about the lives of the immigrant workers who harvest your food? Are you interested in community engagement with immigrants living right here in the State College area? Does your future career involve working with or managing Spanish speakers? This two-credit course gives you the opportunity to learn first-hand about immigration, local agriculture, and labor issues through a language partnership with Spanish-speaking immigrant farmworkers on a local dairy farm. Every week you will visit immigrant farmworkers to provide tailored English-language tutoring that contributes to better communication in their personal lives and on the farm. We will also meet every week in the classroom to engage in readings and discussion on issues such as immigration policy, immigrant social integration, labor issues in agriculture, the economic crisis in the U.S. dairy industry, and developing your pedagogy.  By the end of the course you will achieve a deeper understanding of the transnational dimensions of Pennsylvania agriculture, awareness of the lives and experiences of immigrant farmworkers, intercultural sensitivity and awareness, improved skills to communicate and work with Spanish-speaking farm personnel, and stronger teaching skills. This course offers an opportunity to practice Spanish with native speakers from Latin America, but Spanish language skills are not required to participate. The course meets every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm and you must be available at this time to take the course.
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Name *
Email address *
What is your major? *
What year in your program will you be in by Fall 2021? *
Why would you like to participate in this course? *
Do you have previous experience working with immigrants or members of other marginalized communities?  If yes, please describe. *
Do you have any experience studying agriculture, or working or living on a farm? Please describe. *
Do you have any experience or career aspirations to work on a farm with immigrant personnel? Please describe. *
Spanish will be a useful skill in this course, although Spanish proficiency is not required.  How would you rate your level of Spanish ability? *
Can't say much more than "hola" and "gracias"
Commitment Statement
If accepted to participate in this experience, I agree to attend all scheduled course sessions, and participate fully in the preparation, site visits , and follow up- activities. I agree to participate fully and represent Penn State University appropriately during this experience.

Type your name to signify you agree to the above statement. *
Questions? Contact Kathy Sexsmith at kjs95@psu.edu, Melanie Miller Foster at mjm727@psu.edu, or Adrian Barragan at axb779@psu.edu 
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