I visited a mosque last October with LU’s Global Serve Program, a one-year mentoring process designed to train students in cultural intelligence and cross-cultural communication. Islam is a major world religion, so naturally we wanted to learn more about this culture and belief system! The McLean Islamic Center was so gracious to allow us to visit their center, and we really enjoyed our experience. Looking back, I learned four key things from the imam who spoke with us.
Welcome visitors into your space.
Hold visitors to high standards.
Snacks build cross-cultural bridges. Always.
Arm your visitors with literature.
D.C. is one of my favorite places to visit; I always discover something new every time I’m there! During this weekend with LU Serve, we also visited D.C.’s Chinatown. I snapped this quick picture of the archway while we stood in the drizzling rain, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite shots.
Til next time, D.C.!