Santa Clara University is committed to fostering a strong culture of inclusion regardless of differences. An important part of participating in global programs throughout the University programs is preparing yourself to encounter issues of identity beyond campus.
When you study in a foreign culture, you may have one or more aspects of your identity challenged by others, and the way you view yourself may be challenged as well. An aspect of your identity that defines you here in the States could go completely unnoticed while abroad. Alternatively, an aspect of your identity you never had to think about could become highlighted and questioned continuously in another country due to different cultural norms and standards.
The goal is to anticipate how different aspects of your identity may be received in the host country. To do so, it is essential to understand the constructs of your identity and empower yourself with knowledge of the complex cultural, social, and historical dynamics of the host country/city culture.