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:
(Is required for all program participants. Fall 2020, Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 Module A)
An experiential learning-based course for participants in the Culture 2 Culture Peer Mentoring Program. Course emphasizes the practice of cross-cultural understanding and communication through the curricular and co-curricular. Participants examine cultural identities to improve cultural competency and learn communication skills necessary to engage in successful cross-cultural relationships. Students apply knowledge learned from readings and simulations to their community engagement opportunities. Course prepares students for engagement in a global society by facilitating the development of leadership skills and awareness of cultural influences that impact interpersonal interactions. Module A, one credit, taken on a letter grade basis only.
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 2020). In addition, students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75. Applications for fall 2020 are available here.
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 first seven weeks of 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 mandatory training during the spring 2020 semester