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2016 International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) Graduate Coordinator Position Application

Multicultural Affairs is looking for a Graduate Student Coordinator for the undergraduate International Student Orientation Program (ISOP). Supporting the Director of Education, Outreach and International Student Support, the Coordinator is responsible for planning, devising, and managing components of ISOP for Summer 2016. This position plays an integral role in managing ISOP logistics, shaping a positive orientation experience for new students and student orientation leaders, and preparing new international students to achieve a successful beginning to their Columbia University career.
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2016 ISOP Head OL and OL Application

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) Orientation Leaders (OLs) are undergraduate students in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering who assist Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in welcoming new international students to Columbia University. Leaders play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience and preparing new international students to achieve a successful beginning to their Columbia University career. This position is open to domestic and international students.

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2015 Thanksgiving Lunch for CC and SEAS Undergraduate Students on Campus

Undergraduate Student Life and Columbia Dining invite you to join members of the Columbia family for a free Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at John Jay Dining Hall! Join us for a delicious meal shared with other students and learn about the history of Thanksgiving. 

International @ Columbia Event: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour on October 4, 2015

Are you interested in learning the history of the Lower East Side with other international students? Want to try out different food from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown? If so, join International @ Columbia for this two-hour walking tour. During the course of our walking we will sample about 10 different items, representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian and Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Offerings will include vegetarian options. 

What are some of the themes of our monthly meeting? What will we do in those meetings?

General themes may include intercultural communication styless, intercultrual conflict styles, religious identity, race, gender, language, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation among others. In the meetings we will discuss common themes and issues and conduct activities around self-awareness and intercultural understanding. Themes will try to coincide with heritage and history months.


Is this a mentorship program? I am a senior and am looking for an opportunity to mentor younger students and make new friends. How is this program different from the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI)?

We hope to include both upperclass students and first-years in each ambassador group, because our fundamental goal is to connect people from different backgrounds, and this includes age and class year! However, we at GAP hope that this is a learning and sharing expereince for all members of the group  - the premise of your ambassador group is an equal rather than mentor-mentee relationship.


Is this a language exchange program? I am learning a foreign language now and would like to meet someone to practice the language.

This is not exclusively a language exchange program. However you can state that you would like to be partnered with someone who speaks the language on your application and you are free to practice a foreign language with your paired ambassador! GAP offers not only language exchange opportunities but also cultural exchange opportunities. 


What is the commitment like if I were to be selected?

Ambassadors are expected to participate in the GAP kick-off event and complete the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (takes 10-15 minutes). After that, one mandatory group meeting every month. These meetings will typically last for about 90 minutes, and dinner will be served. In regards to meetings with your ambassador group, the time commitment can vary and is really dependent on you and members of your ambassador group. Ambassador group members can meet over lunch or plan an excursion in the city.


When will I know whether I am accepted?

You will be notified whether you are accepted to GAP and, if accepted, information about your ambassador group by October 3, 2016.



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