Managing Diversity In The Midst Of Homogeneity: Lessons Learned In Rural Service Learning

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Nicholas Holton

Keywords

rural areas, homogeneity, Alaska, cultures

Abstract

Rural areas are known for their homogeneity. Although cultures in different rural areas are often distinct and even unique, the culture within a given rural area is often easily characterized by one skin color, one language, one set of morays, and one mindset toward governmental institutions. Service Learning combines real academic learning in a community service setting. Are some diversity issues pandemic across rural areas? How do these issues impact Service Learning programs in rural areas and how can even remote places like Alaska benefit from the lessons learned?

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