The Global Connect Conversation Club at Arkansas Tech offers students native to the United States and from other countries a way to form bonds and shape intercultural understanding.
Global Connect is a mentoring program, and it’s organized by the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services. International students are paired with Tech students to “learn the ropes” of a college campus.
Within this mentoring program, created in 2006, American students are paired with international students based on their similarities and interests. It creates a formalized environment to form a friendship.
Mentors help students with speaking skills, assist in acclimating them to college life and integrate them in new activities such as student organizations or intramural sports
Additionally, the program allows American students to learn about other cultures through the bond created with their partner.
Pairs are required to spend at least one hour a week together, scheduled by the students.
“The program is so simple. We placed students together in a formalized way to facilitate a relationship that may not have formed otherwise,” Advisor to International Students, Danny Eshcol said.
For more information about Global Connect or to fill out an application to become a conversation partner, contact the International and Multicultural Services Office at 479-964-0832.