Cultural Mentor Program

9564024781_516687016f_bThe Cultural Mentor Team is a group of U.S. American and international student volunteers who have been trained to assist new international students with their adjustment to the U.S., on everything from finding housing to tips about Fort Collins to cultural adjustment.

Why Connect?

After signing up, we will assign you a pair of Cultural Mentors who are part of an Interest Group. Each group will have various planned activities each semester. Cultural Mentor Interest groups provide members a great opportunity to connect with others who hold similar interests, share in fun experiences, build a support system, and to learn about various cultures from around the world!

You can remain in contact with the Cultural Mentors who communicated with you throughout the summer, but your new Mentors 1619492_10203114148919653_695672527_nwill also stay in contact the rest of the semester and let you know about fun events to attend. It’s a great way to start building your community here at CSU! (Note, this is different from the First Year Mentoring Program.)

Sign up here to be matched with a Cultural Mentor

Interested in Becoming a Cultural Mentor?

We will accept applications for the Fall 2017 semester beginning in late March/early April. Visit our Cultural Mentor application page for information about the benefits, requirements, and time commitment of being a Cultural Mentor.

Cultural Mentor Events:

In addition to being paired with a Cultural Mentor who can answer your questions, the team of 30 Cultural Mentors regularly hosts activities and events open to all international students!

Past events have included: 

  • Night at the Corn Maze
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Intramural Basketball Team
  • Ice Skatingmentors 2
  • Scavenger hunt of Old Town
  • Salsa Dancing lessons
  • Game Night
  • Karaoke Night
  • Movie Nights
  • Valentine’s Day Card-making Party
  • Easter Egg Dying/Hunting Party
  • Trip to the “Cheap Theater”
  • Laser Tag
  • Day in Boulder
  • and more!!


Meet the 2016 Cultural Mentors

Rohan Jhaveri
Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering 

Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, movies, music, exploring new places, and cooking.
Places Lived: Mumbai, India and Fort Collins, USA.
Interesting Fact About Me: I am a little introvert person but love being in a good company. I am a die hard cricket fan. I love to explore new places and make new friends. I am always ready for hiking and adventures.


Oriana Meldrum
Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine and a minor in Statistics. 

Hobbies: Reading, sewing & crafting, taking little trips around Colorado.
Places Lived: Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona; Dublin Ireland; and London, England.
Interesting Fact About Me: I am always wearing something Disney, sparkly or polka-dots!

Julie Herrera
Senior in Social Work

Hobbies: Reading, hula hooping, dancing, crafting, coloring, and being outside!
Places Lived: Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, then moved to Fort Collins August of 2015 to attend CSU.
Interesting facts about me: I have never been out of the country. I will be studying abroad this summer (2016) so I am excited to use my passport!


Kelsey Easton 
Senior in English, Psychology; minor in Spanish

Hobbies: Camping, hiking and finding a nice spot int he shade to read the classics and international affairs.
Places Lived: Fort Collins native, also lived in Costa Rica
Interesting Fact About Me: I am one of the worst basketball players you’ll ever see, but I am a master marshmallow roaster.


Gaurav Harshe
Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Hobbies: Sketching and painting on glass, canvas, sandpaper, plastic, walls, shoes, faces, stones, etc. (almost anything). Exploring Colorado’s landscapes and lending a helping hand to volunteer organizations.
Places Lived: Mumbai, India and Fort Collins, Colorado (USA).
Interesting Fact About Me: I have been a vegetarian all my life and believe in Karma. I can wiggle my ears and raise my eyebrows following song beats. Collecting rare currency notes/coins of the various countries. You man find me relaxing with a Dan Brown at the oval, attending some of the 250+ CSU UCA’s events, making new friends and catching up with besties over dinner or planning fun events.


Jenna Miller
Interior Design, Minor in Spanish. 

Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, triathlons, Taekwondo, cooking, reading, sketching
Places Lived: Greeley and Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting Fact About Me: I can often be found watching Scooby-Doo.

Athith Amaranth
Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Hobbies: Traveling, biking, cooking, playing music and being outdoors!
Places Lived: Born and raised in many cities of Southern India; Fort Collins, CO USA.
Interesting fact about me: I am an aspiring DJ and a travel addict. I am into snowboarding, backpacking and motorcycling; and a partner in a company on Basketball journalism ‘Ekalavyas’ in India. I am a gregarious person and always find reasons to have fun!


Shakota Dilley
Microbiology and Anthropology double major

Hobbies: Outdoor activities- Hiking, kayaking, camping, sports, traveling; Reading, art, cooking, volunteering
Places Lived: Colorado, Nebraska, Virginia, Oklahoma
Interesting Fact About Me: I shaved my hair for St. Baldrick’s, a fundraiser for children’s cancer research.

Shweta Sharma
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Absolutely love travelling, painting/crafting, reading, hiking
Places Lived:
Hyderabad, India; Visakhapatnam, India; Kolkata, India, Fort Collins, USA
Interesting Fact About MeMy moods rule me. I enjoy spending a complete day in bed with a good book and my laptop just as much as I enjoy crossing a river on a zip wire while the scorching sun swelters my skin. Equally happy in a group of 50 as well as in my own little corner. I have an exploding wardrobe and a dying bank balance but you would still find me happily buying things I don’t need 😛


Samhitha Tippa Reddy
Masters in Horticulture

Hobbies: Painting, reading books, coin and shell collection, being outdoors
Places Lived:
Hyderabad(India), USA
Interesting Fact About Me: My world revolves around plants


Hari Surayagari
Masters in Computer Science

Hobbies: Soccer, gaming
Places Lived:
Hyderabad, India
Interesting Fact About MeI have like 5 credit cards and still manage to be broke most of the times. Seriously though I am an all-round guy. Love Liverpool FC, love rock concerts, hate iPhone and Justin Bieber!!

Ally Gran
Sophomore in Forestry

Hobbies: Hiking, climbing mountains, adventuring, anything outside really, photography, meeting people
Places Lived:
Minnesota, Wisconsin & Colorado
Interesting Fact About Me: I love to go on adventures and do basically anything, I love to be busy!


Carly Caprio

Bachelors in International Studies (Latin America).  Minors in International Development, Spanish, and Caribbean Studies. 

Hobbies: Skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, traveling, reading, cooking.
Places Lived:  Fort Collins and all over South America
Interesting fact about me: I hitchhiked and couchsurfed my way through South America for a year and I’m planning on finishing all 58 Colorado 14er’s this summer.


Haneet Singh
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: I love to play soccer and watch all the matches, varying from Barclay’s Premier League to Liga BBVA. I also like to train for mixed martial arts.
Places Lived: New Delhi, India and Pune, India.
Interesting fact about me: I am a die-hard Manchester United fan. I also like to read about human and criminal psychology.


Sayali Shirode
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Painting, calligraphy, listening to music and being outdoors!
Places Lived: India, USA
Interesting fact about me: I am a camera-poised person. I have an extensive vocabulary when it comes to songs!!


Kalli Perrine
Bachelors in Anthropology with a Cultural Concentration and a Minor in Media Studies.

Hobbies: Traveling, going to concerts/festivals, yoga, hiking, reading, meeting and talking to new people!
Places Lived: California, Colorado, Brazil
Interesting fact about me: I am a vegetarian.



20120505-img_70002Anurag Hiwanj
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Reading, gaming, playing sports, roaming around, chess.
Places Lived: India & Fort Collins, USA
Interesting fact about me: I am a kind of shy but friendly person, play most of the sports. I love to meet new people and if you share chocolate with me you are my best friend.


Matthew Rohan Raj
Masters in Electrical Engineering

Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, gaming, watching anime and exploring new cuisines.
Places Lived: Visakhapatnam, Fort Collins
Interesting fact about me: I love learning about new cultures from people of different countries. My humor can be very wry but I can be quite entertaining to be with, or so I’ve been told. Also, you’ll fine me gaming a lot in my free time, especially Dota 2.


Sharvari Malunjkar
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Painting (Oil medium), Sketching (Pencil, charcoal), listening to music, reading, outdoor activities
Places Lived: India, Fort Collins (USA)
Interesting Fact About Me: I am a poet, love watching and playing sports like cricket, table tennis. I love to learn new languages.

Srivathsan Vivekanandhan
Masters in Computer Information Systems

Hobbies: Photography, Cricket, Dancing, Volleyball, Hiking, Driving
Places Lived: India (Chennai), USA
Interesting Fact About Me: I am a Candid Photographer who loves to shoot people and capture moments, diehard fan of Cricket and am a professional Cricketer. I love to keep people around me happy and am travel addict who loves to explore new places and mingle with new people. Dancing is my passion and am a great fan of Diversity dance crew.


Ross Owens
Bachelors in International Studies with a concentration in Northern Africa and the Middle East

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, outdoor activities, Netflix
Places Lived: South Carolina and Colorado
Interesting Fact About Me: I am a dj for weddings, other events, and music venues around the front range of Colorado.


Nayonika Roy
Masters in Computer Information Systems

Hobbies: Singing, dancing and creative writing
Places Lived: India and Colorado
Interesting Fact About Me: I like to learn something from every given situation I face and I believe in the saying, “Everything happens for a reason!”





Gayatri Pendharkar
Masters in Electrical Engineering

Hobbies: Singing, hiking, reading, dancing. Outdoorsy; and at the same time equally lazy!
Places Lived:
USA is the first country I have lived in apart from India. I did visit Seattle and Portland.
Interesting Fact About Me: I am a jolly and a really chatty person. Love to meet people (implied from the chattiness). I do have an unusual appetite for tic-tacs (I know…)