Connecting youth across borders: Chapman Italian Studies students will serve as counselors to Italian juniors in Lombardy

Italian Studies minors Massimo Lesti and Morgan Barraza have been selected by the Dante Alighieri Society to participate in the VoluntarItaly Program during summer 2018. For a period of six weeks, they will be hosted by an Italian family and assist with educational and recreational activities in summer camps at oratories throughout Lombardy in Northern Italy. Chapman Italian Studies is proud of Massimo and Morgan for their commitment to developing a meaningful relationship with our communities in Italy.

Morgan Barraza: “I am a sophomore majoring in Creative Producing in the Dodge College of Film and am minoring in Italian Studies. I have always been extremely interested in meeting different cultures. After spending my junior year of high school in Viterbo, Italy, my passion for anything Italian was born! I immediately fell in love with the people, the language, the culture, and the history that the country has to offer. I am so excited to continue learning about Italy and to put my knowledge of the language to practical use while studying and connecting with other young people!”

Massimo Lesti: “I’m a graduating senior from the Argyros School of Business with a minor in Italian studies. I have relatives in Rome and Lombardy and have kept in touch with them over the years. I am very excited and honored to represent our university and country as I mentor Italian boys and girls in this six-week summer camp program near Milan.”

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