UM Student and Research Professor Teach Each Other Valuable Lessons
Hyeok Yun, an undergraduate student from South Korea, is gaining a wider perspective on how art therapy and counseling are impacted by disability research. Under the direction of Dr. Craig Ravesloot, a research professor at UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Hyeok’s work is exposing her to other issues too. “I didn't pay attention to or think about rural communities very much. I've grown up and lived in big cities. This job made me think as if I were in their shoes,” she says adding, “I’m very happy being a part of this project.”
While Hyeok expands her UM education experience by learning about disability and rural community issues, Dr. Ravesloot is learning valuable lessons to help him better connect with the South Korean culture. He is putting these lessons to good use. Dr. Ravesloot recently took his evidence-based peer support training to South Korea. He conducted multi-day workshops in Busan and Seoul for more than 140 members of the South Korean disability advocacy community. This was the second time in a year that Dr. Ravesloot visited South Korea. His task? Teach the growing disability community a variety of skills to improve health and increase community participation of people with disabilities. Dr. Ravesloot summed up this experience by stating, “I have been deeply honored to share evidence-based training curriculum for independent living with the people of South Korea.”
This type of cross-cultural exchange is exactly what makes UM a great place to learn, for both students and faculty.