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Dulce Rodriguez' three nieces in Tijuana were happy to participate in her project. Two of them, Melanye Correa, left, and Elennyel Correa, right, shown here on the computer screen during one of their group Skype sessions with, from left, Sister Carl Fischer, PBVM, Sister Helen Matosich, PBVM, Dulce and Sister Eileen Diggins, PBVM.
Sisters connect with young people in Mexico
When Dulce Rodriguez stayed at the Presentation Motherhouse during the summer of 2015, she was impressed by the Sisters' love, knowledge and wealth of experience. She was also aware of the young people in her native Mexico growing up pretty much by themselves because their parents work all day.
Why not connect the Sisters here with those young people using technology to overcome geographic and language barriers? This question led Dulce to design an online cross-cultural intergenerational project for her master of arts degree in Educational Leadership and master of science in Education, Technology and Society for her studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
For this project, Dulce enlisted the help of her three nieces, Melanye Correa, Ahylen Rodriguez and Elennyel Correa in Tijuana, Mexico, and at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco, Sister Eileen Diggins, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary James) Presentation High School, San Francisco, Class of 1941, Sister Carl Fischer, PBVM, Catholic Girls High School, Los Angeles, Class of 1945, and Sister Helen Matosich, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Alphonsus) Presentation High School, San Francisco, Class of 1957.
Sister Helen admitted to being nervous during her first Internet connection with her student, Melanye Correa. A rapport was quickly established when Sister Helen introduced Melanye to Star, Sister Helen's cockatiel. After just three online sessions, Sister Helen and Melanye — and Star — were pals!
Sister Eileen also experienced that initial nervousness, wondering how everything would work. Prompted by Dulce to share a classic story with her student, Ahylen Rodriguez, Sister Eileen let Little Red Riding Hood open the door to engaging Skype and email conversations.
Music opened that door for Sister Carl and her student, Elennyel Correa. Sister Carl tells us Elennyel really enjoyed Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and the tenor Juan Diego Florez, so they had much to discuss and share.
Since the results were amazing, today, Dulce is expanding this model as she continues her studies in her first year of a doctor of philosophy in Education at the University of Bristol.
(Cathy Pickerel is a Presentation associate, a lay partner of the Sisters.)
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