Summer 2021 Events

Stay connected and engaged with our #GlobalSpartan community this summer! ISSS is open over summer, and we’re here for you.

Need to speak with an International Student Advisor or have a quick question?

You can still book virtual appointments over the summer or stop by the virtual Front Desk Q&A. You can also email us at international-office@sjsu.edu

Looking for ways to connect with other students?

We’re planning some fun virtual events this summer. For the latest updates, follow us on Instagram or visit our events page on the ISSS website.

    • Thursday Tea Time @ 3:00 PM will continue throughout summer. Join Global Leaders for this weekly casual meetup and get to know other students in a small group setting. Click here to join.
    • Monthly Game Nights: Our first one is on June 17, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Drop by and hang out with Global Leaders. July and August dates will be posted on our events page.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Happy summer, everyone!

 

De-stress for Academic Success

Finals are just around the corner. Papers, presentations, and projects are due soon. The end of the semester is often a stressful time for many of us. In these hectic times, we may find ourselves skipping or even forgetting to eat a meal because we’re so busy. We might forego sleep to complete our work. We might study for hours on end without a break. 

Sound familiar? Then give yourself a break! Even in these busy times, it’s important to pause and take a moment to take care of yourself. Breathe and let go of some stress so that you can recharge and power on to achieve academic success!

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Celebrate Earth Day!

Every year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated around the world.  Earth Day was found by SJSU alumni Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.  Earth Day would come “to provide a voice to emerging environmental consciousness, and putting environmental concerns on the front page.” Learn more about the history of Earth Day at earthday.org. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore our Earth’.

Although the COVID 19 pandemic dampened last year events restrictions are now easing throughout Santa Clara County. There are many opportunities for you to participate, attend, or get involved in 2021 from community-led clean-up efforts, Earth Day challenge Run/Walk, to environmentally-themed lectures and events.

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Culture in the Global Workplace

Globalization and advances in technology have increased interconnectivity across the world. You may find yourself working on a diverse global team, interacting with people virtually across time zones and cultures. These colleagues may have beliefs, values, and a communication style that is different from your own. So, what does it take to adapt to and succeed in a global, multicultural workplace? Sarika Pruthi, Ph.D., will explore this very question in her upcoming talk, The Role of Culture in Global Workplaces: The Case of Start-Up Firms on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 PM (PT). Continue Reading…

2021 Photo Contest Winners

The Global Spartan Photo Contest is an annual event that coincides with our Global Spartan Month festivities. Each year, we ask San Jose State University students to share their unique cultural perspective through photos and short narrative. Photos could be taken anywhere in the world (including the U.S.) and must be accompanied by a brief description that responds to the questions: What aspect of culture does this photo represent? Why is this photo important to me? 

The Global Spartan Month Planning Committee selects the winner of the Most Impactful Narrative prize and also determines our set of finalists. Finalists then have their photographs and narratives posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages, where our first, second, and third place Fan Favorite winners are determined by the public.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo entry and to all those who voted. Congratulations to all our finalists and a special congratulations to our winners! 

Winner: Most Impactful Narrative

Thi (Blue) Nguyen, MA Journalism & Mass Communication

Gregory Johnson–A decade doesn’t ease the pain. (San Jose, CA)

“Gregory Johnson’s death is a controversial topic, especially in SJSU community. I took this photo at a protest on October 10, 2020, where Gregory’s mother shared why she believed her son was killed as a result of racism, objecting to the police’s conclusion that he suicided. After 12 years, the pain is still in her eyes. This is how I learn about the real agony of racism, and also, about sympathy.”

Fan Favorite: First Place

Aadesh Sharma, MS Industrial Engineering 

Famous Dagduseth Ganesh Temple Pune (Pune, India) 

“This photo was clicked during the Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the widely celebrated hindu festival in India. This is culturally important for me because it teaches us how we should come together and help each other in need. During the tough Covid times we all are connected to each other through praying Lord Ganesha helping to fight this pandemic. With the blessings of God our life will be normal again.”

Fan Favorite: 2nd Place

Rachael Allen, BS Biochemistry

Queen’s Life Guard Ceremony (London, England) 

“For many centuries horses have been an essential part of England’s majesty in warfare and royal and state occasions. This photo represents how a country can keep the rich history of its past while celebrating its heritage and reminding all of its accomplishments, but also recognizing its injustices. This photo is important to me because I believe that the history of the past should not be lost.”

Fan Favorite: 3rd Place

Juwon (Kelly) Lee, BA Graphic Design

Welcome to Korea (South Korea) 

“Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea and the fifth tallest in the world with 123 floors. People can find the aspects of Korean food and fashion, as well as the beautiful nightlife of Korea inside of the tower. This tower has gained a reputation as one of Korea’s most frequently visited tourist places and it also became a symbol of the country’s economic advancement.”