Thirty DMin students, from the cohorts of Disconnected Youth, Pastoral Care and Environmental Justice traveled to Cuba in August, 2017, as part of their DMin 780 course. Hosted by SET – Seminário Evangélico de Teología of Matanzas, Cuba the ITC participants engaged with many organizations and agencies while abroad. The following professors joined the students on this immersion trip: Rev. Dr. Riggins Earl, Professor of Ethics, Rev. Dr. Keith Slaughter, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Carolyn McCrary, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care, and Rev. Dr. Reginaldo P. Braga. Jr., Associate Professor of Religion and Education, served as the trip coordinator. Ms. Melody Berry, Assistant to the D.Min Director, also attended.

DMin 780 Intercultural Immersion Travel Seminar course immerses the students in a cultural context of the African diaspora different than the one of the US. Using critical social theory, critical race theory and intercultural competence readings, students are challenged to first develop an awareness of different leadership models that are culturally competent; secondly explore examples that may inform their own ministry leadership model; and thirdly develop his or her own intended leadership model that is both competent for his or her ministry and coherent with the student intrapersonal awareness to think and act interculturally.

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