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.

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

Friday, August 28, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

Tips from Professors

How should I communicate with my professors, especially now that most of our classes are online? What do professors expect? In this Cultural Conversation, you'll have an opportunity to chat with an SJSU professor to learn tips for learning in an online environment and also how to interact with faculty.
Campus partners: Sarika Pruthi, Ph.D., College of Business

Friday, September 4, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

Healthy Relationships

Personal and professional relationships can differ by culture. How do we appropriately and effectively communicate with our peers and with faculty? What unspoken social norms are expected in our interactions?
Campus partner: Jenny Harper, Title IX Office

Friday, September 11, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

Understanding Academic Integrity

Personal and professional relationships can differ by culture. How do we appropriately and effectively communicate with our peers? What about with faculty? In this Cultural Conversation, we’ll also talk about social norms and expectations in relationships both abroad and in the U.S.
Campus partner: Alex Froehlich & Gisi Thompson, Student Conduct & Ethical Development
Friday, September 18, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

Gender & Identity

Why do some Americans introduce themselves with “they/their/theirs”? What does queer mean? How can I be an ally? If you’ve ever wondered these things, you won’t want to miss out on this Cultural Conversation, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and share what you feel comfortable sharing in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Campus partner: Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi & Dr. Robert Marx, Lurie College of Education

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM (PST) via Zoom


Global Leader Chats

Get peer-to-peer advice on everyday life, and connect with other international students. Each 30-minute session is facilitated by a Global Leader and focuses on a particular topic.

Study & Job Search Tips for International Students (NEW!)

Peer-to-peer advice on studying for online classes and where to start looking for jobs.

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Good Eats

We’re discussing our favorite local restaurants, grocery stores, and more! 

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Getting Around Town

Learn about transportation options in San Jose and in the Bay Area, how to get a Clipper Card and how to ride the VTA light rail and buses.

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Getting Involved

Student Involvement joins us to talk about Weeks of Welcome, Greek Life and joining one of our 450+ Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).

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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.

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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.

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American Slang & Texting Language

Hang out with us and learn some American slang and “texting language” (e.g., ICYMI, BRB).

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Best of the Bay

Want to learn more about what to do, see, and eat around the Bay Area? We’ll be sharing our top recommendations to help you explore the Bay.

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Learn about campus resources as well as tips and tools to ease your transition to SJSU.

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

Engaging in Online Learning

Engaging in online learning can be isolating. You can figure things out on your own, but time is of the essence. You want the learning process to be efficient and effective. In this interactive session, you will learn about student support services that you may not know about, and how you can use them optimally. You will have the opportunity to share your specific struggles and have your questions answered.
Anamika Megwalu, Assessment & Engineering Librarian, University Library
Anthony Bolaños, Instructional Designer, eCampus 
Michelle Hager, Director, University Writing Center
Annina Wyss-Lockner, Liaison Librarian, University Library

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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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Life as a Global Spartan: What I wish I knew sooner.

Current international students share their experiences and advice with you. Get to know them, and ask them questions about student life in this panel discussion.
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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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