MSU Staff Travels to China during Spring Break

MSU Staff Travels to China during Spring Break

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Mar 1, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University’s department of Residence Education and Housing Services, which oversees on-campus housing operations, is sending a delegation to Beijing, China over spring break, March 2-9, to explore higher education in China.


The group will include six full-time REHS team members, six resident assistants and one Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions Aide. In addition to these, Dr. Denise Maybank, MSU interim vice president for student life will also participate in the trip.


“As the international student population at Michigan State University continues to grow,” said Dr. Kathy Collins, director of REHS, “our department is committed to creating an environment that embraces and celebrates the global diversity of our student residents. One of the best ways to truly exemplify that commitment is to create opportunities like this for our team members to experience a different country and culture firsthand.”


Learning outcomes of this educational and professional development trip include developing an understanding of why it is critical for members of the MSU community to have a global, world grant perspective. The delegation will have conversations about Chinese culture and what is means to be immersed into a foreign environment as a student; something that many international students experience upon their arrival to MSU. 


While in China, students will participate in self-reflection exercises based on Baxter Magolda’s work on self-authorship. Throughout completion of the exercises, the students will chronicle their trip with photography. At the conclusion of the trip, the photos will be compiled into a collection called “The China Photo Project.” Images will be available on MSU Live On’s Instagram, as well as in other formats. 


“We are excited to provide members of our team with this incredible opportunity to travel to Beijing,” said Collins, “to chronicle their experiences through print and visual media, and to bring back invaluable information and insight to share with the rest of our team as a part of our staff training initiatives.”


During the trip, students will visit Beijing Normal University and Beijing Forestry University. Students will be asked to identify similarities and differences between the higher education systems in China and MSU. Special attention will be paid to a comparison of the university housing systems. The group will also visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, Summer Palace and Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), among other locations. The group will be joined in Beijing by Scott Westerman, associate vice president for alumni relations and Sue Petrisin, associate director of the Michigan State University Alumni Association for an alumni event with the MSU Beijing Alumni Association.


Residence Education and Housing Services is a department of the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services at Michigan State University.



Source: Press Release