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 Spring 2018 semester in October. 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!!


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.

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.

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.

Gaurav Harshe
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Sketching and painting on glass, canvas, sandpaper, plastic, walls, (almost anything). Exploring Colorado’s landscapes.
Places Lived: Mumbai, India.
Interesting Fact About Me: I have been a vegetarian all my life.You can find me attending some of the 250+ CSU UCA’s events, making new friends and catching up with besties over dinner or planning fun events.

Shakota Dilley
Double Major in Microbiology and Anthropology 

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.

Hari Surayagari
Masters in Computer Science

Hobbies: Soccer, gaming
Places Lived:
Hyderabad, India
Interesting Fact About Me: I 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!!

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…)

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.

Shubhanshi Tyagi
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Watching TV shows, exploring new places, mixing up with new people, reading poems and writing them.
Places Lived: New Delhi, India & Fort Collins, USA.
Reasons why I love CSU!: It’s forever in my life. An Experience worth living!

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.

Laura Dunlap
Junior in  Political Science and Minor in International Development

Hobbies: Aerial dancing, stand up, traveling

Places Lived: Colorado, Czech Republic, Italy

Interesting Fact About Me: It’s my goal in life to travel to every continent by the time I turn 30. I already have North America, Africa and Europe crossed off my list!

Mirza Baig
Masters in Electrical Engineering

Hobbies: Photography, Food

Places Lived: Hyderabad, Fort Collins

Reasons why I love CSU!: The place is amazing, peace and calmness all around.

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.

 Melanie Leong
Junior in Wildlife Biology

Hobbies: Nature, lacrosse, rock climbing, hiking, music, dancing

Places Lived: California, Colorado, New Zealand

Reasons why I love CSU!: The friendly community and passionate people!

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!

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!!

 Jo Buckley
Junior in International Studies, Spanish, History

Hobbies: I love the time outdoors in beautiful Colorado. I do yoga, bike the trails, and hike near Fort Collins. I love to cook and try new recipes.

Places Lived: Northern Colorado, studied abroad in Spain, Kenya, Zambia, and Cuba.

Reasons why I love CSU!: CSU has something for everyone. I love that you can connect to your interests while expanding yourself and trying things you never thought you would. We are all here to learn and take care of each other. I love the academics, the scenery, the opportunities, but mostly, the people!

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

 Megan Palizzi
Sopohomore in Political Science and Communication Studies

Hobbies: Volleyball, soccer, concerts, hiking, community service, crafts, skiing, rock climbing.

Places Lived: Denver, United States

Reasons why I love CSU!: I love CSU because of the enriching academic programs and the multiple opportunities to get involved. I was incredibly nervous about choosing a career path but the courses I’ve taken at CSU as well as the amazing staff made the decision seem almost effortless. I find myself getting excited to go to classes on a daily basis, something I never thought would happen!

 Syed Naqvi
Junior in Economics and Math (Minor)

Hobbies: Soccer. Reading articles and news, mainly related to my major.

Places Lived: Karachi, Pakistan. Fort Collins, USA. Girne/Kyrenia, North Cyprus.

Reasons why I love CSU!: I love CSU for the opportunities, diversity and the support it has given to me.

 Mariah/Zhiyun Wang
Sophomore in Environmental Engineering

Hobbies: Badminton, cooking, and baking.

Places Lived: Shanghai, China; Harlan, IA; Summerville, SC; Fort Collins, CO.

Reasons why I love CSU!: CSU is the most sustainable/green institute of higher education in the United States!

Amy Kalinski
Junior majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, minoring in Japanese

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Painting, Volleyball, Playing Video Games

Places Lived: Niwot, and Fort Collins, CO; Takamatsu, Japan.

Reasons why I love CSU!: I love CSU because it is a community that is positive and accepting.