Professor Michelle Cromwell Highlighted in Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Multicultural Village at Cumaca

When close to 30 young people from various ethnic backgrounds came together to participate in a vacation retreat, the experience had a powerful impact on them.

Through a camp facilitated by Multicultural Village, the young people, who were between the ages of 12 and 19, were given lessons on conflict resolution, dealing with violence and how to be socially responsible and culturally competent citizens. Multicultural Village provided an environment where they could learn about one another, themselves, and their environment, exchange experiences and grow together.

The 17-day camp was spearheaded by founder of Multicultural Village, Trinidad-born political scientist Michelle Cromwell, a professor at Pine Manor College, a liberal arts college for women in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Science degree in Dispute Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

Cromwell explained that the camp allowed participants from diverse backgrounds to interact with each other while obtaining skills in conflict resolution, cross cultural relations and leadership.

By VERDEL BISHOP Thursday, August 28 2008
This article originally appeared in Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

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