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FSCS Launches a Peer Mentorship Program for International Students

Tags: Vol. 1, Issue 1, October 2020

The Faculty of Social and Community Services is launching its inaugural Peer Mentorship Program for international students, welcoming over 40 students into the first cohort. This program was designed to support International Student Success while developing Leadership Skills and promoting Intercultural Fluency. Through participation in the program, international students are connected to an upper-year student in the same (or similar) program within the Faculty. Participants will explore the services that Humber has to offer and have opportunities to build meaningful connections with their peers while working collaboratively on reflective assignments and presentations. The assignments encourage students to work as a team to identify goals and to explore Humber’s student services. Students will also explore the Humber Learning Outcomes and reflect on their learning throughout the program. Students will also have the opportunity to attend information sessions on International Student Services and Academic Writing Skills, and will participate in a series of workshops focused on Intercultural Training and Professional and Career Development.  

The Intercultural Development Series, developed and facilitated by Global Learning and Engagement Manager, Rebecca Trautwein, and will be delivered through two workshops. In the first workshop, participants will receive an opportunity to explore the relationship between their own culture, language and communication, and their personal identity. The workshop will introduce the cultural diversity that exists in our daily interactions with the community and our peers. Students will also learn how to build intercultural capacity and reflect on their ongoing experiences. The second workshop in this series builds on the students’ experiential learning and dives deeper into intercultural fluency by examining cross-cultural skills in action, in classrooms, the workplace, and at-home and in the larger community. Students will openly reflect on their implicit bias and intercultural conflict management.

The third workshop, developed in collaboration with the FSCS Global Learning Team, the Career Centre and Humber Global, will explore how to reflect on the mentorship experience, global learning developments, and what it means for students’ future careers. There is a focus on resume building, interview skills and how to market the Peer Mentorship Program experience to potential employers. Students will also reflect on how skills developed throughout the Mentorship program are valuable as a practitioner in their field.

Stay tuned to hear more about this initiative and to hear from our first cohort of Mentors and Mentees!

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