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SU Student Joins International Exchange Program In Japan To Explore Disability Rights And Leadership

Jessica Guerrero will explore the country and culture of Japan as part of “U.S./Japan: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability and Volunteerism Exchange Program,” sponsored by Mobility International USA.

Guerrero, who has cerebral palsy, is a theatre major from San Antonio, TX. She joins 12 other delegates from schools across the United States who will travel to Japan with Mobility International on a cultural immersion program designed to enhance the leadership skills of participants. Participants will volunteer with Japanese counterparts in a 5-day service project at an international work camp. Participants will travel to Tokyo to experience Japanese culture and traditions with native citizens. Finally, participants will take part in discussion sessions on a variety of disability-related topics.

When asked about her motivation to pursue this trip, Guerrero said, “I’ve long been fascinated by Japanese culture, including the traditions as well as the cutting edge technology. This trip is a fantastic opportunity to combine several of my interests–Japan, community service, disability issues and travel adventures.” When asked if she was worried about the trip, Guerrero said, “I hope to be an example for disabled persons who wish to travel abroad. It’s important to recognize that disability rights are an international issue.”

Guerrero has been an active member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity while attending Southwestern. She also is a fan of Japanese anime and a student of martial arts.

The New York Community Trust and the DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund provide resources in support of the “U.S./Japan: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Disability and Volunteerism Exchange Program.”

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is an organization dedicated to creating opportunities in international exchange, leadership roles, training and community service for people with disabilities. Mobility International also provides technical assistance, consultation and publications relating to disability issues.