CIEL - Students & DISCUS Leadership
The Service Learning Component provides international students with an opportunity
to collaborate with members of the community outside of Dillard University. For second
language learners, this can be extremely helpful in the language acquisition process.
Initially, many second language learners are apprehensive about communicating with
their academic counterparts. However, they tend to be less reserved when talking to
children or members of the elderly population. Hence, as an added proponent, students
have the opportunity to take part in one of the following organizations each term:
- The Boys and Girls Club
- Children’s Hospital
- Retirement Homes
- Food Banks (optional)
DISCUS Leadership Program
- The Dillard International Campus Unity Service (DISCUS) Leadership Program is a volunteer
program that allows domestic students to assume voluntary leadership roles for groups
of international students wishing to acquire university student perspectives on American
characteristics and New Orleans culture.
- DISCUS Leadership Program is a fun and exciting way for international students to
become acquainted with American students already enrolled at Dillard University. As
such, a group of 5 students is led by an American student leader to various sites
in the New Orleans area. As part of the learning process, students are able to discuss
topics ranging from how to engage in proper American classroom behavior to the latest
fads and trends in music and clothes.
- This program ensures that an indelible connection is made between Dillard University’s
current student population and their future international student counterparts.