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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, International Student Services held a workshop called “Dating Across Cultures.”
This workshop is part of a weekly series that allows international and U.S. students to explore the differences between cultures. Promoting better understanding between students from different areas of the world and improving communication skills are just a couple of the benefits. Students from 14 countries took part in the workshop.
“Because of globalization, nobody lives in a homogenized world anymore,” said Nancy Fillat, director of International Student Services.
The goal of the dating workshop was to explore differences in dating cultures and to break down stereotypes and prejudices. Students talked about their experiences with dating in their home countries and what was accepted where they came from. In Saudi Arabia, for example, the male suitor would ask the father for permission to date the girl, but the girl has the final say in whether or not the two will go out.
Students also discussed how they made friends at Salt Lake Community College. Establishing a common ground and smiling were an important part of the process in communicating and making friends.
“How do we become better communicators? You have to practice,” said Fillat.
Workshops are held every Thursdayin Parlor B, downstairs in the Student Center across from the Thayne Center beginning at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join and no RSVP is needed.
“If you are interested in the world, this is a wonderful opportunity to see the vastness (that exists at SLCC),” Fillat said.
International Student Services offers programs through the International Diplomacy Programs for students to get involved with those from other countries, including advocacy diplomats, student to student diplomats and programming diplomats.
Advocacy diplomats are responsible for making sure that people in the community and on campus know the benefits of international exchange. Not only do they work with school leaders, but they may also work with legislators at the state capitol.
The Buddy Program allows Student to Student Diplomats to welcome new international students to life in the United States and at SLCC. Students are expected to be a resource for the new studetns and to help with resources and guidance when needed.
Programming Diplomats focus on campus activities that will broaden horizons for all students on campus.