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Sun Devil Global Connections

The Sun Devil Global Connections program at ASU connects international Sun Devils with local community hosts for mentorship, friendship and support as students and scholars transition to living in the greater Phoenix area.

This program is for students who are interested in learning and sharing about different cultures and gaining a deeper understanding of cross-cultural issues. It will:

  • give international students a non-student resource on campus
  • provide new international students emotional, informational and social support
  • enhance intercultural experiences of students’ culture and U.S. culture
  • provide an informal environment for new international students to ask questions and seek assistance

Interested in participating in the Sun Devil Global Connections program?  Please join our private group on ASU's Mentoring Platform.

Fall 2019 Event

Where: Saturday, October 5, 2019

When:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Jaycee Park: 817 W 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Why: ISSC will be hosting a BBQ event in the Fall semester to facilitate in-person meetings between students and their mentors.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Sun Devil Global Connections?

What is Sun Devil Global Connections?

Sun Devil Global Connections connects international ASU students with local “Mentors,” who are ASU staff members and local community members, with the hopes of developing mentorships, getting students more involved in their local communities, and encouraging a cross-cultural exchange through friendship. We generally strive to enrich the lives of both the student and mentor in as many ways possible. Mentors and students mutually decide what kinds and the frequency of interactions and activities that work best for everyone involved.

Why should I participate?

Why should I participate?

Sun Devil Global Connections can help students make valuable connections with Phoenix residents through helping them transition into life in the U.S. and by introducing them to a new environment and culture. It is also a good way for students to balance their academic life by going out, socializing and exploring what is happening in the communities around them.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

 

Simply join the Sun Devil Global Connections private group on the ASU Mentoring Platform. After joining this private group, students will be able to see all of the ASU Staff Members and Community hosts who are a part of the program.  Students are expected to peruse the list of mentors and identify those that they would like to connect with.  By using the online “connect” feature, students are able to send a message to a potential mentor.  Through this online dialogue, mentors and students are then encouraged to meet on campus for coffee or a study break. 

Lastly, the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC) will send students and mentors additional information about the Fall 2019 BBQ event.  This mixer will allow students to meet with their mentors in-person if they haven’t done so already.    

 

What are the student's responsibilities?

What are the student's responsibilities?

  • Students are expected to communicate respectfully with their mentors through email, phone calls, text messages, etc.
  • Students are expected to meet with their mentors at least twice a semester though more often is certainly encouraged.  
  • Students should keep in mind that this program is a volunteer program and mentors are not responsible to provide financial support or housing for students.  
  • Students should be considerate and respectful as mentors are investing their time and energy in this program.

What are the Mentor's responsibilities?

What are the Mentor's responsibilities?

  • Mentors are encouraged to attend cultural events on campus during the semester.
  • Mentors are expected to spend time with their student(s) in person at least twice a semester.
  • Mentors are NOT expected to spend money on their students.
  • Mentors are NOT expected to provide housing for their students.
  • Mentors are NOT allowed to meet one-on-one with their student in a private setting.  Public spaces are strongly encouraged.

What if I have concerns about the program or the friendship relationship is not working out?

What if I have concerns about the program or the friendship relationship is not working out?

Students or mentors who have concerns should contact internationalwelcome@asu.edu.  All concerns will be addressed as best as they can.