CRIM 451
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Dana Wesneski

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Hometown: Hanover, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In Fall of 2022 I went on an embedded trip to Curaçao with CRIM 451. We studied the culture, history, and criminal justice system of the island. Being a Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao has been heavily influenced by the Netherlands. Throughout our trip we got to see just how much the Netherlands impacted life on the island. It was a wonderfully educational experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It allowed me to experience a culture vastly different from my own. It also opened my eyes to how different the criminal justice system was to the United States system. To be able to study such a diverse and intriguing system in person was an experience I’ll never be able to replicate. I can't put into words how beneficial this program was to the course.

"It allowed me to experience a culture vastly different from my own. It also opened my eyes to how different the criminal justice system was to the United States system."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

While on the island we visited Human Rights Defense Curaçao, I had never been able to directly interact with people involved in the human rights crisis of asylum seekers. This experience was incredibly moving, it made me realize just how diverse the criminal justice system is.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Through the enrichment funds I was able to afford a plane ticket. Let’s be honest, the plane ticket was almost as much as the class fee, so without this enrichment fund I might not have been able to participate in this course.

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