SABIC in Puerto Rico: A Documentary

Friday, August 3 | 3 p.m. | Trabant University Center Theater

SABIC students under a black and white mural representing the flag of Puerto RicoIn May 2018, a group of 11 SABIC scholars traveled to Puerto Rico with ELI SABIC coordinator MariaJosé Riera and assistant professor Scott Duarte to help build more hurricane-resistant houses in the Villa del Rio community northwest of San Juan.

The ELI introduced this service learning component to the SABIC Foundation Year here at the University of Delaware in 2016. The Core Intensive Language and Culture Course in Puerto Rico, designed by Karen Asenavage, Duarte and Riera, has been chosen by SABIC as a model for implementation in Foundation Year programs across the U.S.

The course, which was taught by Duarte this year, includes an introduction to the culture and context of Puerto Rico and prepares students for their trip. A Critical Thinking component, taught by Riera, helps students critically reflect on the project they worked on while in Puerto Rico.

As a culmination of this year’s Puerto Rico experience course, SABIC Cohort 4 students recorded and edited a documentary. The students learned to film, write the script for, and edit their documentary as part of English through Film: Puerto Rico edition, taught by Duarte.

The University community is invited to view the documentary at the Trabant University Center Theater on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.


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