A group of ten Russian journalism students visited the Iowa Public Radio studios in Cedar Falls Tuesday. They are part of an exchange program with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. The project is known as Challenge Our Bias, Midwest-Russian Alliance on Dialogue and Education or COMRADE. The Russian students are on a whirlwind tour of Iowa with stops at media outlets in Waterloo, Iowa City and Des Moines.
They will return the favor in May when 11 students from HCC will make the trip to Russia. As part of the exchange, students are expected to gain a greater understanding of the world, be informed to challenge respective stereotypes and as a result perhaps have a more competitive edge in the workplace. The project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S State Department. At the end of the tour of the IPR facility, they presented a gift of a photo collage which read "From Russia with Love."