Six Ohio Wesleyan students traveled to Belfast in May to explore how issues of Catholic-Protestant sectarianism in Ireland compare to issues of racism in the United States.
Of their beezer (fantastic) experience, psychology major Eli Reed ’19 says: “We’re really defining sectarianism and racism and how they parallel with each other. We’ve talked with several speakers; we’ve talked with members of the policing system here; we’ve talked with specific writers and journalists that have dealt with this directly. …”
English major Anna Davis ’19 adds, “It’s helped me learn how to learn – to let myself make hypotheses and make theories, and then see if they’re actually true or not.”
Their 12-day trip was supported by an OWU Connection grant and led by OWU staff members Lisa Ho and Leslie Melton.
The OWU Connection is Ohio Wesleyan’s signature experience to help students think big (understand issues from multiple academic disciplines), go global (gain international perspective), and get real (translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience).