The Culture and Identity Envoy Program was initiated by Fall 2017 Temple Rome participant, Ewan Johnson, who served as a Diversity Abroad Ambassador during his term abroad. Ewan built upon the strengths of that program but tailored the Envoy Program to the specific needs and resources of the host location.
The Culture and Identity Envoy Program takes advantage of the existing programming at Temple Rome in order to enhance its current diversity initiatives. The program is designed to support its participants during their time abroad and produce additional resources for students from communities we know have encountered particular challenges in Rome, including ethnic and racial minority students, LGBTQIA+ students, first generation students, students with high financial need, and students with disabilities. We hope the resources developed based on participants’ experiences, observations, and reflections will ultimately encourage and support further study abroad participation. Additionally, we hope participants will begin to cultivate an understanding of the lived experiences of historically marginalized people in a global context that will inform their continued engagement with challenging social justice issues after the program ends.
MEET THE SPRING 2020 ENVOYS
Hi! My name is Alissa, and I’m a sophomore studying Sculpture within Tyler School of Art. I am currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy during my spring semester. As an artist, I am very excited to find inspiration within the warmth and beauty this culture has to offer. I will be documenting my experience here as a black woman and a member of the LGBT+ community, and I am looking forward to sharing my perspective!
Hi, I’m Jennifer Hall! I’ll be studying abroad in 2020 during the spring semester of my junior year. I am a Black american woman who was born and raised in Delaware. All of my life, I have grown up in the Evangelical Lutheran church. I’m very interested in embarking on my spiritual journey during this time and also learning more about myself!