cultural & social

Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cost: $45 for round trip transportation. NO REFUNDS. You will need to bring money for local transportation, food, shopping, museums, etc. Please note: This is not a guided tour by the International Center. You will be responsible for your own plans for the entire day upon arrival in Chicago. Students, scholars, friends, and families are welcome. Same price for all, regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Peace Corps & optiMize Mentor Event

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Description: During this event, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will serve as mentors to their optiMize undergraduate Social Innovatoin Challenge teams. Student teams will present their project ideas and mentors will provide advice, support, and feedback to teams on challenges they may face in their social impact project. RPCVs will have the opportunity to share about their service experience and do some interactive role-playing with student teams about challenges they will face when doing social engagement work in communities around the world.

Dangerous English

Friday, March 24, 2017
Dangerous English

Description: Do you feel anxious when you are speaking to native English speakers because you do not know which words or phrases are offensive or "politically incorrect"? We will cover some common "dangerous" English words or phrases. We will talk about when to use and when not to use certain words, "dangerous" pronunciation of words, common double meanings of words, as well as the meanings of some non-verbal gestures.

This workshop is cosponsored by the International Center and Munger Graduate Residences.

Understanding Cultural Norms to Avoid Social Mistakes in the U.S.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Cultural Norms

Description: Each culture has norms established that are usually unwritten and may be unclear to people who are new to that culture. Part of adjusting to a new country is learning about what to do and what not to do in social situations. This interactive workshop will highlight 10 common U.S. cultural norms and expected behaviors that could save you from discomfort or embarrassment later.


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