The Spring 2018 semester had an icy start, with snow falling the day before most new international students were due to arrive in their temporary home of Raleigh. Hundreds of new SKEMA students as well as degree-seeking and exchange students, however, landed on campus the first week in January. The Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) is just one of hundreds of options for these students to get involved on campus and interact with other NC State students, but the CENet Leadership Council has been hard at work prepping for a full semester of opportunities for NC State students to gain some global perspectives outside of the classroom. And despite a snowy setback after the MLK Jr. holiday weekend, the crew has already co-hosted UAB’s Global Karaoke Winter Welcome Week event and coordinated a very well-attended Speed Friending social!
For the past two summers, a select group of student leaders from Zhejiang University in China and NC State University have met in Raleigh for an intense week-long training focused on the skills demanded for today’s global society. GTI Global Leadership Institute
For 2017 we are pleased to announce we will be working with the LeaderShape Institute to offer this unique program. The LeaderShape Institute has developed a national reputation as a premier leadership development program for young adults. The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day program for participants interested in producing extraordinary results in an organization and developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity. NC State has been hosting an annual campus-based session of the LeaderShape Institute since 2004.
We have a very unique opportunity for NC State students to learn alongside students from Zhejiang University in China as we offer LeaderShape here at NC State on July 24-29th. Interested students must attend the entire Institute (from 3pm on July 24th through Noon on July 29th) and stay on campus with the other participants. All meals will be included and there is no cost to NC State students who commit and fully participate. The institute schedule is intense with days starting at breakfast and lasting until 9 or 10pm so participants must be able to fully commit to the experience. You will not regret spending your week in this transformative, cross cultural leadership development experience.
The Mission of LeaderShape, Inc.
To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.
The Vision of LeaderShape, Inc.
A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.
It is hard to believe that my summer as the GTI intern has come to an end. As I think back on all of the events that have been packed into the past eight weeks, I know that I will always remember the interactions I had and the new friendships I made with international students and faculty. Just a few of my favorite parts of the job have included taking the Chinese Summer Math students all over the Triangle (UNC, Duke, NC Science Museum, an Imax movie, and the list goes on!), giving the Lebanese Fulbright grant recipients a tour of campus, traveling to DC with the Chinese Technical Communication program, and even attending a Ramadan Iftar with the Saudi KAUST students. Who would have thought that I would even get to play with drones my first week? I will be sad to leave the office for the last time this week, but I won’t be too easy to get rid of as a CENet member this fall!
Technician writer Gavin Stone’s article highlighting a versatile lounge space in Talley Student Union features a photo of GTI’s Leadership Council during their monthly meeting to plan the Spring 2016 semester of Cultural Exchange Network activities.
In addition to monthly leadership meetings, GTI’s Cultural Exchange Network has used the Cultural Hearth in Talley Student Union as a meet-up space before CENet events as well as a planning space for the Global Colors Shack–the group’s first Shack-A-Thon shack.
The Thanksgiving Holiday is one of the few holidays in the U.S. for which schools and businesses are closed for a number of days. Most American students use this break to travel home or visit with out-of-state family. And many international students use the 5-day holiday to travel to big cities like Chicago or New York City. The tradition can be troublesome, however, for other visiting students who suddenly find themselves without plans, transportation or even housing.
This semester, GTI took initiative to set-up local American homestays during the holiday weekend. Calls for hosts started the last week in October, and we were able to find 28 families offering 55 spaces for international guests to share in their family’s Thanksgiving celebrations!
Applications then opened for GTI students who wanted to experience Thanksgiving with an American family. All 32 students who applied were contacted within a week with information about a host family for the holiday.
Some students were able to stay multiple days of the holiday weekend while others opted to join in just for Thursday’s festivities.
“It was a really great experience! The family has been so welcoming and nice with us. They talked about their family and they ask us about us and our families too. It was a sharing moment for all of us. We couldn’t have dreamt living a better first Thanksgiving!” — GTI student.
Having a local connection at a time like Thanksgiving can make a huge difference in the American experience for visitors. It’s not so much about the turkey and the pumpkin pie, but about the human feelings that go along with cooking, family, and holiday tradition.
The satisfaction of sharing America’s holiday may be visible in the gratitude expressed by the guest, but perhaps is even more moving in the feelings expressed by the host: “It was just what my family needed.”
GTI arranges American Dinners with local families a number of times each year. If you are interested in joining our database of Host Families, please fill out this simple Google Form.
The Office of International Affairs unveiled the “Wolfpack World” display as a part of the Grand Opening of Talley Student Union this week. This display highlights accomplishments in International Education at NC State and will remain through the end of the Fall 2015 semester.
Where will you find this special showcase? The Culture Hearth at Talley.
Like the fireplace near University Dining’s One Earth- World Cuisine, the Culture Hearth is a newly designated lounge area of Talley–fully equipped with an electric fireplace! Located on the main floor of the Student Union, the Culture Hearth is a meeting place of cultures and nations. In addition to acting as a showcase for international programs ranging from Study Abroad to Intensive English Program, the Culture Hearth serves as a comfortable environment for intercultural exchange and global collaboration.
Check out the Cultural Hearth (located around the left corner of the main entrance off Cates Ave) next time you’re in Talley.