What is the Culture 2 Culture program?
Culture 2 Culture is a program that helps new international students with the transition to life at Allegheny College. Each new international student is paired with a current Allegheny student, who will act as a mentor and guide during the student’s first semester at Allegheny. Mentors offer opportunities for social interaction, strategies for academic success, and help his/her mentee(s) feel welcome. The program is guided by a mandatory one credit special topics course.
CLC Special Topics Course:
(Course by signature only, is required for all program participants. 1 Credit. Dates/time TBD for fall 2017)
A study of cultural expectations and their particular relevance in an academic setting for participants in the Culture 2 Culture peer-mentoring program. Course emphasizes readings that explore elements for successful cross-cultural communication and examine strategies for academic success in an international comparative framework. Students apply the knowledge from their readings to their community and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities to articulate their understanding of cultural competency as central to academic success in an international context and as well as at Allegheny College.
Who can apply to be a C2C mentor?
Any current Allegheny student that will be at least a sophomore the semester they begin as a mentor (Fall 2017). In addition, students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75
Is this is paid position?
No, this is not a paid position.
What will I do?
As a C2C mentor, you will initiate contact with your mentee(s) during the summer preceding his/her fall semester arrival. Mentors will have the option to return one week early to campus for fall semester to assist with international student orientation. If you choose to participate, you will move directly into your fall housing, and all meals during this time will be provided by the International Education Office. Throughout the fall semester, you will be enrolled in the CLC Special Topics course and will be expected to engage in community activities as part of your course grade.
How will I be prepared and ready to be a C2C mentor?
If you are selected as a mentor, the International Education Office will provide you with an initial mandatory training in April.
How do I apply?!
You will need to submit the application form, and a 1-2 page typed essay describing why you want to become a C2C mentor and detailing any experience you may have working with diverse cultures. All application materials are due by April 7, 2017. Applications are submitted online and can be found on the International Education Webpage or at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/f1zfJHRfnBUahFxT2. Personal statements should be emailed directly to Lenee McCandless in International Education, or dropped off at the International Education Office in Pelletier.
Questions? Contact Lenee McCandless at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-332-4891