We are pleased to introduce a new series called Cultural Conversations as part of our Beyond Global Spartan Welcome program. Cultural Conversations introduces timely and pertinent topics related to U.S. culture, and are facilitated by our campus partners who have expertise in the area. These conversations take place in a safe, non-judgmental space where students can ask questions to further their understanding and share their perspectives on how the topic is viewed through their cultural lens. Oftentimes these topics are something international students may be curious about as they have heard about it in the news or perhaps saw it referenced in social media, but haven’t had the opportunity to explore further or discuss with Americans. For example, our first Cultural Conversation was Exploring Social Justice, led by our friends Chris Yang and Sharon Singh from the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center. We learned about the social justice concepts of power, privilege, and oppression, and also reflected upon our own identities and experiences with difference.
Are you an international student who wants to learn more about U.S. culture? Are you an American student who wants to explore these topics from different perspectives? We hope you’ll join us for a future Cultural Conversation. Simply click on the links below to register and save your spot!
Understanding Academic Integrity Personal and professional relationships can differ by culture. How do we appropriately and effectively communicate with our peers? What about with faculty? In this Cultural Conversation, we’ll also talk about social norms and expectations in relationships both abroad and in the U.S.
Facilitators: Gisi Thompson, Student Conduct & Ethical Development & Keri Toma, International Student & Scholar Services
Gender & Identity Why do some Americans introduce themselves with “they/their/theirs”? What does queer mean? How can I be an ally? If you’ve ever wondered these things, you won’t want to miss out on this Cultural Conversation, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and share what you feel comfortable sharing in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Facilitators: Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi & Dr. Robert Marx, Lurie College of Education