Cultural Conversation: Gender & Identity 

Join us on Friday, September 25, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

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 (she/her) & Dr. Robert Marx (he/him), Lurie College of Education 

Dr. Robert Marx & Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi

 Message from Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi 

“Welcome, new international students! My name is Kyoung Mi Choi and I am an associate professor in the department of counselor education at SJSU.  I was an international student from South Korea when I first came to the United States in 2001. I remember learning and navigating the cultural differences and norms were both exciting and challenging. Compared to U.S. culture, Korean culture is more collective and conservative. It was not easy for me to explore and embrace my own sexual orientation in a new culture. However, I can say that it has been the most inspiring and healing journey. I’d like to share my story with you and would also love to hear yours. I hope you can us” 

Message from Dr. Robert Marx

“Hi, there! I’m so excited to meet with all of you! I’m Robert Marx, and I’m an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Development at SJSU. I grew up in Virginia in the U.S., lived abroad as a student in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and worked abroad in Singapore. I definitely had to adjust to new ways of thinking about gender and sexuality, not only living outside of the U.S. but also moving from the South to the North to the West Coast. I’d love to talk more with you about gender and sexuality, and I’d love to get to know you! I also hope that Kyoung Mi and I can answer any questions you might have!”

What we are planning to share:

  • Diversity in Gender and Sexual Identity
  • What Are Pronouns? Why do they matter?
  • Your Culture vs. US Culture: Are They Different or Similar?

Useful Resources

  • Queer Educators and Counselors Network. To learn more about Drs. Marx and Choi’s work, check out QECN
  • Here is a list of resources for LGBTQIA+ International Students

Cultural Conversations

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

Friday, September 18, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

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

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

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Visit our ISSS events page to see our featured events. Learn more about Beyond Global Spartan Welcome, including Global Leader Chats and workshops.

Welcome to our new blog!

ISSS Welcome Blog

It is with great pleasure that we present the brand-new ISSS News & Views blog! This blog will officially replace the ISSS monthly Newsletter, which we have been proudly distributing to international students, staff, and faculty at the beginning of each month for several years. We decided to transition to a blog format to create a much more interactive and holistic experience for students, in which different themes/topics from previous blogs will be categorized into easily searchable tags. Moreover, by transitioning to a blog format, we intend to be more consistent with the rest of the university community, as most departments and offices at SJSU are currently utilizing blogs as their primary source of news and updates. 

The blog will be distributed directly to international students as well as staff and faculty emails on a bi-weekly basis, which will then be archived and available on our website indefinitely.

 

How to Subscribe & Blog Content

To subscribe to our blog, please go here. Blog topics will include culture, news, immigration/policy updates, and general topics relevant to our international student population. We will also include local restaurant and event recommendations from the ISSS staff!

 

 Student/Faculty/Staff Spotlight

We are excited to announce that in addition to the ISSS News & Views Blog, we will be introducing the monthly Student/Scholar/Faculty/Staff Spotlight to highlight the academic/civic achievements and diversity of our vast Global Spartan community! Our featured “Spotlight” could be any Global Spartan or perhaps an SJSU faculty or staff member. 

 

Our Mission

During these unprecedented and difficult times, we are happy to increase our efforts to support the large international community that we serve and to provide our students with as many helpful resources as possible. At SJSU, we are immensely proud of our diversity and the countless invaluable contributions that international students have bestowed on our culture, economy, and values as a community. 

Sincerely,

The ISSS Staff