Gannon University Students Participate In Diversity Days
Posted: May 24, 2016
Gannon University English as a Second Language Program (ESL)
students from China, Germany, India, Libya, Turkey and Saudi Arabia
have visited Diehl Elementary and Emerson-Gridley Schools, and most
recently, Luther Memorial Academy to teach the elementary school
students about different cultures.
The Gannon students created learning stations for each of their
home countries. The students at Luther visited each station and
learned about the countries' geographical location, demographics,
political and social systems.
Dressed in the traditional clothing worn in their country, the
Gannon students explained to the Luther students why those items
are worn and for what reason. Using images, videos and explanation,
they also taught their younger counterparts about life in their
The students got to enjoy activities such as soccer, henna and
learning basic greetings and phrases in Arabic, Chinese, German and
Gannon's ESL students also visited Diehl and Emerson-Gridley in
the Fall 2015 semester. At these interactive events, as each
student entered the gym in their school they were handed a boarding
pass and asked to sit as if they were on plane.
Once all arranged, the students watched a video of a flight
attendant preparing everyone for "takeoff." When the video was
finished, the students then "got off the plane" and were rotated
through six stations to learn about the Gannon ESL students' home
countries and their traditions.
The days Gannon's ESL students spent with the local elementary
schools is an example of how Gannon is working with Erie to improve
its neighborhoods through the Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve
Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative, which
sponsored the Diversity Day program, and other outreach and
service-learning activities. Gannon is a diverse university with
over 800 international students from 39 countries and continues to
For more information on Gannon's involvement in the Erie
community, click here.