Gannon’s Global Students to Hold Diversity Day at Diehl School
Posted: November 15, 2016
Students from the Erie School District's Diehl Elementary School
will get a first-hand immersion in cultures from around the world
at a Diversity Day event on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Approximately 50 students from Gannon University's Office of
English Language and Global Training will spend the day at the
school, located at 2327 Fairmont Pkwy., to share their cultures and
customs with the 600 Diehl students.
The project seeks to bridge the cultural divide between
nationalities and languages and to provide a connection between the
ESL students and the Erie community. Additionally, while the
elementary school students learn about cultures and languages not
their own, the Gannon English Language and Global Training students
are aided in the development of their language skills while
recognizing their connection to their local neighbors.
Ronald Fye, assistant director of the Office of English Language
and Global Training, said, "It is important for students to develop
a global awareness and an understanding of other cultures to meet
success in the global village of the work field. Fear and prejudice
can be alleviated through experiences with other cultures. This
project enables young children and their families to cross many of
the cultural barriers through fun and exposure."
The goal is to continue the project so that it becomes a part of
the community conversation to demonstrate progress in the
international cultural understanding of the community, especially
for the benefit of the global students and families in the refugee
population who have made their homes in Erie.