Dominique Peterson

Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
Home Institution: 
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Heinz Programming Area: 
Children, youth, and Families
Study Abroad Country: 
International Experience

Dominique Peterson had the opportunity to study traditional Chinese medicine and Mandarin in Kunming, China.  She learned the theories of traditional medicine such as the Daoist ways.  She also achieved her goal of becoming intermediate in speaking Mandarin.  She observed the Oncology Unit in the Kunming hospital as well as first hand diagnosis.  She was taught by physicians that worked in the hospital.  This helped her understand channels, meridians, points, as well as external remedies.  These consisted of tea, music, and understanding which element you are, according to the traditional way (water, earth, fire, wind, and metal).  She experienced a treatment of acupuncture after learning about the benefits of this technique as well as cupping and moxibustion.  She indulged herself into the diversity of Kunming and grew to be comfortable with the locals. Also during this time, she walked through the markets and did Tai Chi in the neighboring parks.  Her vision and perspective changed during her life abroad as she has now become more determined to go into the medical field.  She spoke with physicians who took time to talk with her about their own ideas and thoughts of the western medical world compared to eastern medicine.  She also learned balance and serenity in Kunming.  Despite challenges, her confidence soared and she became very knowledgeable in traditional Chinese medicine.

Community Engagement Experience
CEE Title: 
Fabrications in Films

The Community Engagement Experience, Fabrications in Films, consisted of an introduction, the experiences by the CEE team members, power point slides with films, and thoughtful discussions.  During the introduction we spoke about the Vira I Heinz scholarship and where it all began.  This included the requirements, the goal of the scholarship, and the foundation behind it.   After this, the team, Dominique Peterson, Kristina Faupel, and Elizabeth Prager told the audience about each of their experiences while abroad and where they had gone.  Following this, the team introduced an ethnicity or community and had the audience watch a film or two about a few stereotypes for each race.  The ethnicities consisted of Asians, African-Americans, and American "blonde" females.  An example of one community was LGBTQ. At the end of each video the team bought up a question or two on a following slide and spread out into the two groups of students.  The team gave the groups ten to twenty minutes to discuss what they had saw in the film and to answer the questions presented.  At each table there were one to two professors who also helped facilitate the discussions.  After continuing this with the other stereotypic communities and ethnicities, the group closed with a heartwarming thankyou to all that had come and congratulatory for some of the new Vira I Heinz winners for the 2017 cohort.

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