Global Connections

Learn, explore, connect!

Open to all students.

Join our weekly Global Connections meetup to connect with people from around the world, explore cultural topics, and learn tips for improving your overall well being. 

Each week we rotate through different themes:

  • S=Social: Meet others, play games, and hang out.
  • C=Culture: Develop intercultural skills and explore cultural topics.   
  • W=Wellness: Tips & tricks to a healthy mind and body.
  • D=Diversity in America: Learn, share, and ask about diversity in the U.S.

We meet every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST) online. Everyone is welcome. Click on the link to join us: http://csu.sjsu.edu/globalconnections 

Global Connections is brought to you by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), International Gateways, and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).

Spring 2021 Schedule

We are excited to return to our weekly meet ups this spring!

[S] February 1: Global Connections Kick Off!
This is our first meeting of the year! We'll spend the hour getting to know each other through casual conversation and fun activities. Join Global Connections!

[C] February 8: Lunar New Year
Join us to learn more about how different cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year. Share your stories and learn from others. Join Global Connections!

[C] February 15: Love & Relationships Around the World
What does love look like in your culture? How do values and beliefs about romantic relationships and friendships differ around the world? Join us as we explore these topics in a relaxed, non-judgmental space. Join Global Connections!

[W] February 22: Mindful Eating Habits & Body Acceptance
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This presentation will address varying topics related to body image and perception variations across cultures; standards of weight and beauty; variations in diet and the ways in which the body processes food; how to promote body acceptance based on each individual, societal and cultural norms.

[C] March 1: Women's History Month
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[S] March 8: International Games
We're celebrating Global Spartan Month through games! Join us to play some games from around the world. Join Global Connections!

[W] March 15: Sleeping for a Better You
Everyone knows we need sleep to survive, but not everyone knows how important sleep is to THRIVE! This workshop will give helpful tips and information about sleep to improve your mood, physical health, and your ability to learn. Faciliated by Karin Voelker & Sarah Urda, CAPS. Join Global Connections!

[C] March 22: Nowruz (Persian New Year)
Celebrate and learn about Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Parinaz Zartoshty shares about Nowruz traditions. Join Global Connections!

March 29: SPRING BREAK (no Global Connections)

[S] April 5: Supporting Asian International Students: How are you doing?
Today's Global Connections will be a space for Asian-identified international students to connect with one another and discuss how they are doing in the midst of several acts of anti-Asian discrimination ongoing in the U.S. and larger world. Non-Asian identified international or domestic students are welcome as usual but are asked to listen and offer support as the conversation will be focused on supporting Asian-identified students.

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[C] April 12: American Slang
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[C] April 19: Work Culture
It's almost summer time and maybe you're about to start a new job or internship. We'll be talking about what workplace culture is like around the world and discussing some cultural components that can help you navigate working on a global team. Join Global Connections!

[W] April 26: Coping with Racial Trauma: A support space for International Students.

In light of several acts of discrimination, we would like to offer a support space for international students to continue some conversations on racial discrimination and trauma, and to connect and support one another. Please join us!

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[S] May 3: De-Stress Activities & Games
Take a break and come hang out with us. Today's meet up is a chance to relax and enjoy some down time with friends. Join Global Connections!