Mentor Skills Webinar: Strategies for Mentoring International Students: Become a Cultural Mentor

Date: July 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual Venue (Online)

Mentoring an international student can be an incredibly rewarding opportunity. However, inherent challenges exist when communicating and building relationships across cultural difference – whether that be due to differences in language or due to differing cultural value sets. While these hurdles may seem daunting or dissuading, they are actually very easy to navigate and overcome. Join Justin Jeffery, Director of International Student Life at the University of Georgia, as he outlines various tips and best practices to assist cross-cultural mentorships. Justin will pull on his experience living abroad, his 10 years of working with international student populations, and his academic course on intercultural communication that he teaches each semester, to provide participants a solid foundation to support mentors engaging with international student mentees.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Participants will better understand the concept of culture and how it connects to one’s own identity and worldview.
(2) Participants will be able to articulate how their values may differ from those that they mentor and what this means for their mentoring relationship.
(3) Participants will learn best practices related to intercultural communication and intercultural competence.

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Recommended dress for this event: Casual

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Justin leads a team of dedicated professionals who work to internationalize the UGA student experience by providing opportunities that allow for students, staff, and faculty to develop intercultural competencies, while also providing programs and services that support UGA’s 2,700+ international students. Justin started his career abroad in Doha, Qatar and has visited more than 25 countries. It is from these personal and professional experiences that he believes deeply in the transformative power of international travel and intercultural exchange. Over the past 10+ years of his career in higher education, Justin has worked both domestically and internationally at a variety of institutional types, including public and private colleges, in various functional areas such as residence life, student union programming, and student leadership and service initiatives. Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Education, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

This event is sponsored by University of Georgia Career Center

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