Going international doesn't have to wait until you leave your country's borders. There are plenty of ways to learn about the world right here at Laurier. From sharing food and culture to more formal intercultural education, you can internationalize your education without leaving home.
Laurier International, in partnership with the Diversity Equity Office and the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, offers the Intercultural Certificate to all students. Those interested in learning more about culture, developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that support their ability to communicate, and building relationships within an intercultural context, are encouraged to enrol in this free certificate.
This unique certificate is designed to stimulate a commitment to lifelong learning to strengthen one’s capacity to become a globally engaged and active citizen with an appreciation of values and ways of thinking that are different from your own. The certificate includes six highly interactive 80-minute modules which focus on topics including:
Participation in all modules is required for certificate completion and, once the certificate is completed, participants will receive recognition on their Co-Curricular Record. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are many ways for you to get involved! Join our Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESA) to help plan and execute intercultural programming, including International Education Week, student exchange events and International at Home initiatives. Team members will gain new competencies and use existing knowledge as well as receive personal and professional development opportunities.
Volunteer to support the Student Refugee Program with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Local Committee. This committee of student leaders welcomes newly arriving students who were previously living in other countries as refugees. The Local Committee helps to set up housing, and provide social and academic supports for the arriving students. The Local Committee also plans fundraising and awareness campaigns to raise campus awareness about global issues such as women’s empowerment, refugee girl’s education, ethical purchasing, food security and health care for people living with HIV and AIDS. This rewarding volunteer opportunity is a great way to meet new people and make a lasting impact.
In Brantford, become part of our Intercultural Students Association of Brantford (ISAB) and get involved in planning and hosting social events throughout the year that provide international and domestic students with opportunities to learn more about different cultures in the world. The ISAB also marks important global events and helps to promote student mobility opportunities, including exchange programs and field courses. These groups are great opportunities to meet new people, practice your intercultural communication and be recognized on the Laurier Co-Curricular Record.
The International Students’ Association (ISA) is an inclusive and official campus club at our Brantford and Waterloo campuses. The ISA provides international and non-international students a collective voice, a space to make friends, an opportunity to develop leadership skills and help supporting each other in making a successful transition to living and thriving in Canada.
With events ranging from semi-formals and hockey games, to international movie nights and Chinese New Year dinners, the ISA creates a community for international and other interested students on campus.
Laurier International’s Global Kitchen, located on the Waterloo campus, is a community kitchen that explores and celebrates culture through food. All cultures celebrate with food and, through the Global Kitchen, you can share not only food but your cultural traditions and celebrations, and be part of a community that encourages and embraces diversity.
Programming at the Global Kitchen is developed in partnership with various Laurier and community partners and is offered throughout the academic year to help students improve their health and well-being, as well as diversify their diets, by teaching nutrition and culinary skills.
Food brings family and friends together for conversation and interactions and the Global Kitchen is a great place for students to come together to meet new people, discuss and share cultural identity, and explore cultural customs, rituals and celebrations.
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