Become a Cultural Mentor
Applications have closed for the Fall 2017 Cultural Mentor program. Applications for the Spring 2018 program will open in October; check back then if you’re interested in becoming a mentor! 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.
The 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!
April 3rd: Cultural Mentor application opens. Send to your friends who may be interested!
April 20th: Deadline to apply. Apply online today!
April 21st – 23rd: Notification of selected applicants.
April 24th – 25th: Cultural Mentor training for summer responsibilities (~1 hour, choose from one of a few sessions)
General Expectations and Responsibilities of Cultural Mentors
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 2017 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 14th – 18th, 2017
Encourage new international students to participate in all orientation week activities
Co-lead campus tours with your small group
Help at several activities happening each day and night during Orientation Week
Lead small groups of students for shopping trips and other fun trips
Throughout the Semester:
- Meet in person with your mentees once a month
- Attend monthly Cultural Mentor meetings throughout the semester
- Maintain bi-monthly (twice a month) email or phone communication with your mentees to support them during their cultural transition
- Volunteer at ISSS spring events, such as Football 101, Fall Break trips, Weekend in the Mountains, and more.
- Brainstorm, organise, advertise, and lead at least two interest group activities during the semester.
- Attend and help at some of the events that your fellow Cultural Mentors organise.
- 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 emails to remind your mentees about such events.
- Have tonnes 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