The Winter-Cohen Family Brueggeman Fellows Program
The Winter-Cohen Family Fellows Program at the Brueggeman Center offers up to 10 students each year the chance to combine a year of independent study with an international immersion experience. The program is highly competitive and draws upon Xavier's most accomplished graduate and undergraduate students from all three colleges and a wide range of disciplines.
The Fellows program has two goals. First, the research, through which we hope students will learn about a topic of their choosing from a global perspective. Second is to help students develop a new level of self-confidence by challenging them to conceive, plan and complete a program that begins with a yearlong independent study, followed by an immersion trip to engage in research and service. They must plan every aspect of this trip themselves; create the network of people and institutions with whom they will interact, plan all the travel and housing details and at some point step off a plane and manage an intense and ever-changing set of challenges including language, food, illness, transportation, loneliness and culture shock in some of the most difficult places on earth.
Because the groups are choses from Xavier's three colleges, they spend an intensive year engaged as an interdisciplinary learning community. We all become each other's teachers.
The program is high risk and high reward. The Center's hope is that the Fellows program will offer personal, intellectual, moral and spiritual self-discovery and growth that will change their lives in ways we can only begin to imagine.
They take the risks and they are transformed.