Global Connections

Learn, explore, connect!

Open to all students.

Join our weekly Global Connections meetup to connect with people from around the world, explore cultural topics, and learn tips for improving your overall well being. 

Each week we rotate through different themes:

  • S=Social: Meet others, play games, and hang out.
  • C=Culture: Develop intercultural skills and explore cultural topics.   
  • W=Wellness: Tips & tricks to a healthy mind and body.
  • L&L=Lunch & Learn: Enjoy lunch while learning from a guest speaker.

Spring 2020 Schedule
Mondays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Wellness Center Rm 122

***Starting March 16, 2020, Global Connections is moving to an ONLINE ONLY format. See individual dates below for Zoom links.***

[S] January 27: Spring Kick Off Event (FREE LUNCH)
Let’s start the year off right! Join us for lunch, new friends, games, and conversation.

**Location change for Jan 27. Please come up to the Wellness Center 3rd Floor, room 375**

[C] February 3: Friendships Across Cultures
Making friends isn't always easy. Join us for an interactive discussion exploring the topic of friendship and what it means in different cultures. Come up with tips & strategies for making new friends. Snacks will be provided.

**Location change for Feb. 3. Please come up to the Wellness Center 3rd Floor, room 325*

[L&L] February 10: Love & Relationships in Different Cultures (FREE LUNCH)
Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi and Dr. Robert Marx lead a discussion about love and relationships just in time for Valentine's Day. Lunch is provided.

[W] February 17: Managing Perfektionism
Ever feel like you have certain standards that you try to meet but you have a hard time being satisfied? If so, you may be struggling with perfectionism. Please join Minji Yang (CAPS Counselor) to learn about what perfectionism is and how to develop self-compassion to help you be an overall more successful and healthy SJSU student! Snacks will be provided.

[S] February 24: Fun & Games
Take a study break and relax with some board games. Snacks will be provided.

[S] March 2: Fun & Games--International Edition
Kick off the start of Global Spartan Month by playing some games from around the world. Have a game from another culture you'd like to share? Bring it with you and teach us how to play! Snacks provided.

[L&L] March 9: Celebrating Norwuz (Persian New Year)
Parinaz Zartoshty, Director of ISSS, shares about the Persian New Year celebration. Lunch is provided.

**Location change for Mar. 9. Please come up to the Wellness Center 3rd Floor, room 375**

[W] March 16: Managing Anxiety in a Time of Uncertainty
Global Connections understands that many of us are feeling stress or anxiety related to the coronavirus. We want you to know that you are not alone. Please join us ONLINE ONLY via

[C] March 23: Coping with Change
Change is happening quickly these days. How are you coping with all this change? Share your experience and insight with us! Please join us ONLINE at

[S] April 6: Fun & Games
Take a study break and come hang out with us. Snacks will be provided.

[L&L] April 13: Slang (FREE LUNCH)
Increase your ability to understand American English idioms to communicate what you mean in college and work environments. Presented by International Gateways staff. Lunch is provided.

[C] April 20: Work Culture
Interviewing for or starting a summer job or internship? Curious about what the workplace is like in the U.S.? Join in our discussion about work culture in the U.S. and around the world. Snacks provided.

[W] April 27: Developing Grit

Find yourself feeling streed out and at times feeling like you want to give up when something is hard? Grit, also known as having "passion and perserverance for long-term goals" (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007, p. 1087), can help! Snacks will be provided.

[S] May 4: End-of-the-Year Party
Let’s celebrate the end of the semester!