Engage as Global Citizens
The Global Village is one of four Living-Learning Communities at Concordia. It leads the campus in exploring what “global community” means and what it actually looks like in everyday living. In addition to attracting local students passionate about travel, global issues, world cuisine, and building authentic cross-cultural friendships, the Global Village positions international students to play an active role in shaping the communal experience with their cultural expertise and perspectives.
Faculty-in-Residence: Jeff & Stacie Mallinson (2013-16), Alanna Bretzmann (2017 Spring), Caleb & Jennifer Karges (2017 Fall to present)
The Global Citizens Club and Arab Culture Club are student-led clubs that empower CUI students to become true global citizens through learning (e.g., Arab Culture Fest), celebration (e.g., Noodle Night) and service (e.g., Operation Christmas Child). Events provide a platform for students around the world to collaborate on meaningful goals and to celebrate their differences, instead of being divided by them.
For the story on the birth of Arab Culture Club, read this article from the CUI Courier.
CultureFest is an annual tradition and longest-running campus-wide event at CUI, led by the Diversity Awareness Coordinators at the Center for Student Leadership & Development (CSLD). In addition to an outdoors lunch and mainstage performances, international students step up to represent and share about their culture through food, visual displays, dress, and storytelling.
International Student Ambassadors (a.k.a. ISAs) are a team of globally engaged local or international student volunteers who are positioned to help new international students feel welcome and supported at Concordia. Students gain professional experience by designing and coordinating the International Student Orientation program every summer. As a student leadership position, the ISA role can strengthen resumes, serve as a foundation for requesting references from International Center staff, and function as a preparation for future opportunities such as paid positions with the International Center and/or other campus departments.
The Global Graduate Reception celebrates the achievements of international graduates who successfully complete their programs of study at Concordia. It is a joyous gathering of family, friends, faculty, and staff as graduates share their experiences and hear words of blessing from their loved ones and mentors before embarking on the next stage of their journeys.
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