Location: Montezuma, New Mexico, USA; student profile: 200 students aged 16-19; founded: 1982
UWC-USA was founded in 1982 by the late Dr. Armand Hammer on the site of the historic Montezuma Castle near Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Campus and facilities
The former mountain resort spa was a major attraction in the 1890s, hosting distinguished visitors such as Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt. The White House Millennium Council named it one of “America’s Treasures,” the first property west of the Mississippi to receive that honour. UWC-USA is accredited by ISAS, IB and the State of New Mexico. It is an NAIS member school.
Beyond the classroom
UWC-USA’s programmes emphasise community service, wilderness experience and Southwest studies through weekly service commitments and multi-day projects and expeditions. Students and faculty devote over 20,000 hours each school year to community and wilderness services. Students study intercultural communication and mediation through the Constructive Engagement of Conflict (CEC) and Global Issues programs, which build skills in facilitation, intercultural communication, peer mediation, community-based action research, power analysis, strategy and campaign development, budgeting and fundraising, and leveraging privilege for social change. Students are encouraged to analyse local and global issues and to practice their skills within the international campus community and throughout Northern New Mexico. Students also identify ways they might apply these skills in their countries of origin.
“I came to UWC-USA with nothing and left with the tools to do anything. Indebted would be an understatement; grateful would also fall short. Thanks are forever due to a community that is far greater than the walls in which it is housed, the zip code in which it resides, and the world it calls home. The UWC movement is just that, a movement with the incredible ability to always move forward. Today, while many strive for change, UWC embodies progress.” Meghan Jennings, (UWC-USA 03-05)
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