Mount Union Community Travels to San Francisco, CA for 2010 Multicultural Retreat

April 05, 2010

This spring break, 21 Mount Union students, faculty and staff members traveled to San Francisco, CA to experience multiculturalism and absorb the unique diversity of major metropolitan cities.

“It was different because although we did have a lot of fun, we learned a lot of new and valuable lessons that cannot be learned from just sitting around,” said Sarah Hawkins, a sophomore early childhood education major from Carrollton, OH. “It gave us all a chance to experience something completely different than what we are used to.”

Members of the Mount Union community learned about Asian culture and the Asian immigrant experience, as well as the history of the United States Immigration Station that primarily processed Chinese immigrants coming into the country. While in San Francisco, the fourth most populated city in California and the twelfth most populated in the U.S, the group visited the Angel Island Immigration Station, Muir Woods, the Asian Art Museum, a Tibetan protest march, the Japanese Tea Garden and Alcatraz Garden. They also explored the city by trolley, bus and foot, and enjoyed local Thai food.

“My favorite part of the retreat was the people that we met,” said Jason Gudalis, a junior mathematics major from Monaca, PA.  “Aside from a few bus drivers, everyone was eager for conversation. There was this positive energy in the city that seemed to influence everyone.”

“It’s hard for me to pick a favorite part of the retreat because it was all an experience of a lifetime,” added Hawkins. “If I have to pick though I would say just simply walking around and taking in all of the different sights, sounds and smells. I can remember walking down one city block and hearing five different languages in just that small amount of time. San Francisco is truly the ‘melting pot’ that it is so often referred to as in American history.”

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