Beyond Global Spartan Welcome


Beyond Global Spartan Welcome (GSW) is an opportunity to connect with our Global Spartan Community, explore cultural topics, and prepare for academic success. Open to all international students and scholars, Beyond GSW is designed to help you navigate cultural, social, and academic transitions.

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Cultural Conversations  |  Global Leader Chats   Workshops



Cultural Conversations

Have you ever wondered why Americans introduce themselves with pronouns like “they, them, theirs” or wanted to better understand what academic integrity means? Cultural Conversations introduces you to aspects of American culture that you may have heard about, but have not had the chance to explore. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your perspective and engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue.

Navigating Cultural Transitions

Moving from one culture to another isn’t always easy. This workshop will address the process of cultural transition, and provide you with strategies to ease the transition.
Facilitator: Keri Toma, International Programs Manager, ISSS
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Understanding U.S. Academic Culture

In this Cultural Conversation, we’ll discuss how culture can impact our beliefs, behaviors, and interactions in an academic setting. The expectations and “norms” of the educational system you grew up in might be quite different than what you’ll find in the U.S. We’ll take a closer look at U.S. academic culture, and we’ll share tips and strategies to help you on your way to academic success!

  • Marta Ramirez-Rodenas, Engineering Graduate and International Student Advisor, Engineering Student Success Center
  • Keri Toma, International Programs Manager, ISSS

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Exploring Social Justice

You may have heard the term “social justice” before, but have you ever wondered what it’s really about? In this Cultural Conversation, we’ll explore the concepts of privilege, power, and oppression to understand better what social justice means, both in your home country and in the U.S.
Campus partners: Chris Yang & Sharon Singh, MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center

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Global Leader Chats

Get peer-to-peer advice on everyday life, and connect with other international students. Each session is facilitated by our Global Leaders and focuses on a particular topic.

Study & Job Search Tips for International Students 

Peer-to-peer advice on studying for online classes and where (and how) to start looking for jobs.
Facilitated by Global Leaders Mindy & Hazel.
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Making Friends

Making friends in a new place isn’t always easy, and it’s even harder when we’re still social distancing. Global Leaders discuss ways to meet people, and tips for starting friendships both online and in person.
Facilitated by Global Leaders Hazel, Neng, and Lina.

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Staying Connected Overseas

Some of you are starting your life as a Global Spartan from your home country. Others are continuing SJSU students who have returned to their home countries. You may be miles away from San Jose, but you can still be connected to our SJSU community. Come and connect with us, and learn how to stay engaged.
Facilitated by Global Leaders Yuki, Riya, and Mindy.
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American Slang & Culture

Slang! We use it all the time, but do we all know what they mean? What are some aspects of American culture that might be different than what you're used to? Join our conversation on American slang and culture to learn more! 
Facilitated by Global Leaders Neng & Mindy.
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Zoom Culture

Are you new to Zoom? Do you wonder whether to leave the camera on or off? Or do you just want to figure out all the cool shortcuts on Zoom? We can help you with all of that with our GL Chat Zoom Culture.
Facilitated by Global Leaders Thi and Lina.
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Canvas Basics

Never heard of Canvas or haven't used it before? Join us to learn how to navigate your online coursework on Canvas.
Facilitated by Global Leaders Thi and Lina.
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Accessing Virtual Resources

We may be mostly virtual, but did you know that SJSU has many resources and services to help students succeed? Explore what virtual resources are offered at SJSU with us in this GL Chat!
Facilitated by Global Leaders Hazel, Riya, and Thi.
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Learn about campus resources as well as tips and tools to ease your transition to SJSU.

ISSS is here for you!

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is here to support you! Learn more about the services we provide, common topics we advise on, and how to make appointments and access resources.
Facilitators: Khim Lok & Lena Meadows, ISSS

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F-1 Employment Options

ISSS International Student Advisors, will give more information about employment options for students in F-1 visa status.
Facilitators: Suzanne Pendergrass, ISSS

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Writing Workshop Series

ISSS is teaming up with the Writing Center to offer a series of writing workshops each semester. Register and learn more.
Facilitator: Amy Russo, SJSU Writing Center

Career Workshop Series

ISSS and the Career Center partner to bring you a series of Career webinars and panels each semester. Register and learn more.

For OPT Workshops, please visit our F-1 Employment Workshops page.