Become a Cultural Mentor


Applications for the Fall 2019 Cultural Mentor program will open in March. For an overview of the requirements and time commitment to the program, please check here.

Volunteer Leadership Experience

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services at Colorado State University is proud to present their mentoring program for new international students at Colorado State University. The Cultural Mentor program is one of the few mentoring programs on campus that has assumed the mission of providing new international students at Colorado State University with a support system composed by Cultural Mentors. Cultural Mentors are CSU students and scholars that assist international students in the process of transitioning into the American culture as they become part of the Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities.

9564024781_516687016f_bThe function of Cultural Mentors is to act as peer advisors to international students in order to help them transition and adjust to life here. In addition, the Cultural Mentors assume the role as a resource for navigating campus resources and life in the US. They also serve as a cultural liaison to the international student population and are responsible for helping international students acclimate to the life and culture of Colorado State University and the greater Fort Collins community. All students and scholars (international or American) are welcome to apply!


Selection Timeline

March 11: Cultural Mentor application opens. Send to your friends who may be interested!

April 14: Deadline to apply.

April 19: Notification of selected applicants.

end of April: Cultural Mentor training for summer responsibilities (~1.5 hours, choose from one of two sessions)


General Expectations and Responsibilities of Cultural Mentors1896887_10200639649233287_1740027946_n

Cultural Mentors will be assigned mentees throughout the summer, with whom you will communicate and provide helpful resources before their arrival.

The Cultural Mentors help extensively during International Orientation, leading discussion groups, campus tours, and helping to plan and execute the many events.

After Orientation, the team focuses more on developing activities and events open to the whole CSU international community, where you will meet new students who become your “adopted” mentees, while still encouraging communication with your originally assigned mentees.

Cultural Mentors will be expected to work in close conjunction with other members of the Cultural Mentor team, to be knowledgeable about campus resources that may be helpful to international students, and be interested in helping international students build community, especially outside their own culture. Additionally, you should maintain regular communication with your mentees (assigned and adopted) throughout the semester. Ultimately, you are expected to help support international students in making a successful transition into the new culture by getting involved on campus–and have a great time in the process!



Before Fall 2019 Orientation Week:

Attend Cultural Mentor training in April and August.
Email a group of incoming students, welcoming them to CSU, answering questions they may have, responding promptly, and keeping in touch throughout the summer.

During Orientation Week: August 19th – 23th, 2018

  • Attend Cultural Mentor training and retreat on Monday, August 19 from 10am – 4:30pm
  • Help at the all-day program on Tuesday, August 20 and the half-day program on Wednesday, August 21
  • Help during at least two other optional orientation events during the week, including:
    • Helping at night activities during Orientation Week
    • Lead shopping trips and other fun trips
  • Encourage new international students to participate in all orientation week activities

Throughout the Semester:

  • Communicate with your mentees once a month to support them during their cultural transition, answer questions, and let them know about upcoming events
  • Attend monthly Cultural Mentor meetings on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the semester
  • Volunteer at ISSS fall events, such as Football 101, Weekend in the Mountains, and more.
  • Brainstorm, organize, advertise, and lead at least one activity each month.
  • Invite questions from your mentee group and answer them in a positive and professional manner.
  • Stay updated about the programs offered by International Students and Scholar Services and send out personal messages to remind your mentees about such events.


  • Have tons of fun getting to know people from around the world!
  • Become a recognisable leader within the international community at Colorado State University
  • Gain interpersonal skills, understand people better and develop skills in how to motivate people
  • Develop strong intercultural communication skills
  • Contribute to the community by sharing your time, ideas, talent, and expertise
  • Develop a support network with students and staff
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Expand your problem-solving skills
  • Gain references for future job prospects
  • Attend free training on intercultural communication, culture shock, and leadership