Cross Cultural Leadership in the Dominican Republic

Study Abroad Program Offered by Siena Heights University's Graduate College from March 11-18, 2007

Siena Heights University is inviting graduate students to participate in a cross-cultural leadership course in the Dominican Republic this spring.


The study abroad program is from March 11-18, 2007, and is offered as a three-credit-hour elective ($1,100 plus $25 tech fee). The collaborative research seminar will examine what constitutes “effective” leadership across cultures, and will count as an elective in SHU’s Master of Arts in Leadership program.


According to Pat Palmer, Dean of SHU’s Graduate College and the course instructor, the goal of the course is to help students prepare for business assignments outside of their native countries. After arriving in the Dominican Republic, the group will participate in half-day classes in the morning, and then take part in cultural activities and company visits in the afternoon.


The group will stay and take classes at the Universidad Catolica de Santo Domingo. Meals and transportation to and from the airport as well as to the company visits are included in the $500 housing cost. Some of the company visits will include Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, a national manufacturing company.


Study abroad programs are not new to Siena Heights University, however, this will be the first time a group will travel to the Dominican Republic.


“We want to do more in South and Latin America,” Palmer said. “We want to tie into the many Catholic institutions there. That’s our long-term goal.”


A syllabus and itinerary of the course, GRS599 SA, is available as a PDF file by clicking here. Flight arrangements will be made as a group through Conlin Travel Agency in Ann Arbor.


The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2007, and space is limited. For more information on the course details, contact Jill Gardner-Bakewell at 1-877-438-1596 or 517-264-7665 or email her at

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