Centro Educativo Latinoamericano Delegation Visits B-CU for Cultural Immersion
On June 30, 2018, a 20-member delegation of students from Centro Educativo Latinoamericano, a Methodist School in Rosario, Argentina, entered the Rosario – Islas Malvinas International Airport in Argentina headed to Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Their mission: to participate in a two-week cultural immersion program designed to prepare young scholars to be socially conscious civic leaders.
Throughout their experience, the 16 students participated in African American history classes, tours of Daytona’s Black Heritage Trail and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, workshops on prejudice, privilege and community leadership.
"Our tutors at B-CU gave us a really warm welcome. We were surprised by their way of working and getting involved with people. Always ready to help us or others, as they say, 'we work for the community'," said Martin Redolfi, a 16-year-old participant. "We went on a walking tour around the campus where we learned about the history of Dr. Mary McLeod, the founder of B-CU. Back at the University, we had a meeting and shared our first impressions."
The group also participated in Independence Day celebrations at Daytona Beach’s Bandshell. This week, the group will tour the Kennedy Space Center and visit Disney Theme Parks. The delegation's visit was organized by Dean of the Chapel, Reverend John Baldwin, II.
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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.