Dominican University of California

Bali Institute Presents

Dominican University
Explorations in Equity Program

June 7 – 24, 2017
(18 days/17 nights)

Professor:  Dr. Rosemarie Michaels

Join Rosemarie Michaels in Bali for a course that examines the principles of equity and diversity and their implementation in schools and other intuitional settings. Students examine their own beliefs, biases, and expectations about equity, diversity, and multiculturalism, so that they may be better prepared for their future careers. We will explore Bali through the lens of culture and tradition with the goal of developing comfort with difference through heightened self-awareness. Students will participate in community engagement projects, thereby integrating course content with cultural immersion.

Co-Curricular Activities:

In Bali students will have opportunities to explore their own cultural and institutional biases through individual and group activities that compliment course content such as: guided visits through indigenous art museums, temples, family compounds and markets; observation and participation in religious rites, ritual dances, and artisan craft-making, and excursions to traditional villages, rice terraces, a coral restoration project, women’s center and local schools.

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students; especially of interest to Liberal Studies, Education, and Teacher Preparation majors.

TanahLot-DaytimeLocation 1: West Bali – Mengwi June 7-14
Mengwi is located in the western part of Bali and is famous for its rolling green landscapes, clove and coffee plantations and spectacular rice paddies. The village of Mengwi has a long and rich history associated with its royal family, one of Bali’s main ancient kingdoms, and is nestled in shady coconut groves, surrounded by rice fields and rivers.

Highlights in Mengwi:

  • Welcome dinner of authentic Indonesian Cuisine
  • Learn about Tri Hita Karana (three causes of goodness) in Balinese life
  • Venture out into Mengwi during our Scavenger Hunt and learn more about the culture through interacting with the Balinese people
  • Spend an afternoon with Agung Rai, founder of an iconic Balinese art museum as he shows you remnants of Bali’s ancient history hidden under Ubud’s more modern facade
  • Enjoy a special full moon Kecak fire dance at ARMA
  • Visit the Green School to see an international approach to green education
  • Experience cultural immersion arts in the banjar as you learn Balinese Dance and Gamelan Music
  • Attend a private tour, dinner and dance performance at the Peliatan Palace. Over dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the Prince questions about Bali’s traditional culture as well as modern-day challenges
  • Spend a morning with Agung Prana, one of the founders of the Coral Restoration Project and visionary for his community-based tourism initiatives in Mengwi
  • Learn to make offerings and try your hands at woodcarving
  • Experience a traditional market, walk through serene rice paddies, and visit a holy spring temple where countless Balinese go for purification rituals each year
  • Participate in a community engagement activity in a local village
  • Have dinner at a Balinese women’s center and learn about their job skills and healthy living programs
  • Visit Tanah Lot, an iconic sea temple on the west coast of Bali

BIOROCKLocation 2: Northwest Bali – Pemuteran June 15-18
Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali. This is a small laid-back village which has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years. There are a number of waterfront resorts and its proximity to Singaraja and the West Bali National Park together with the extreme natural beauty of the area, has fuelled quite rapid growth in tourism infrastructure in the area. Pemuteran is also home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world and there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area (Coral Restoration Project).

Highlights in Pemuteran:

  • On the way to Pemuteran visit Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most iconic temples in Bali on Lake Bratan
  • Learn about the Coral Restoration Project and have the opportunity to snorkel over the coral structures
  • Stretch with a morning hike in West Bali National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Gilimanuk Bay
  • Take a day trip to Menjangan Island for some of the region’s most amazing snorkeling sites


2ac25fb5efd5a243cc3f52ec55e824a3_f38Location 3: North Bali – Singaraja June 19-21
Singaraja is the largest city in North Bali, and the former colonial administrative capital for the Dutch. Singaraja still has some of the feel of an old colonial capital. The streets are wider and grander than elsewhere in Bali and some of the old houses set in large gardens recall days long gone. This is also a noticeably multiethnic city. The Arabic influence is especially apparent and the largest Chinese temple in Bali is here. There are over 25,000 students who live in Singaraja, as this is also a major academic center with two universities.

Highlights in Singaraja:

  • Visit Bali Mandara High School, a special boarding school for disadvantaged students that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership potential
  • Participate in a cross-cultural seminar with students from Ganesha University in Singaraja
  • Take in the sunset on a boat ride in Lovina for swimming and snorkeling
  • Special evening bonfire with Balinese music

fruit marketLocation 4: Central Bali – Ubud June 22-24
Ubud is a thriving village in central Bali and is considered the cultural capital of this tiny island. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the village and nearby areas consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. Here you find remarkable architecture and other sites—historical museums, famous woodcarvers and artists, and an array of interesting cafes, local foods, and non-stop ceremonies. The word Ubud comes from the Balinese word for medicine, so it is here that people flock for healing energies, good spirits, meditation, yoga, artistry, and indigenous knowledge.

  • Explore Ubud for last minute shopping and some free time between classes
  • Enjoy a delicious final dinner to end your journey in Bali

Class times are interspersed throughout the program with special activities to enhance the learning experience.

Included in program fee:

  • Shared rooms in beautiful Balinese style hotels and compounds
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the program
  • All breakfasts, lunches and 9 dinners

Application deadline is January 27, 2017

Course number: EDUC 4010/5010: Teaching for Equity (3 units)

Limited travel stipends are available to students.
Students register and pay directly through Dominican University.

For more information on the program, pricing and tuition:


Video: Explorations In Equity: Bali Summer 2017


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RMPhoto smallAbout Rosemarie Michaels

Dr. Rosemarie Michaels is an Associate Professor of Education at Dominican University of California in San Rafael where she is the chair of the Teacher Preparation Program. Rosemarie received her doctorate from the University of San Francisco, obtaining the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2002. An experienced, certified classroom teacher, Rosemarie has taught in higher education for over 15 years and is dedicated to developing partnerships abroad. Her professional interests include effective teaching practices in both undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on the 21st Century Skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and the integrative use of technology. In November 2015, Rosemarie presented her research on teaching English learners at an international conference of educators in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Rosemarie has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Cuba.

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