cultural & social

Peace Corps & optiMize Mentor Event

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Description: During this event, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will serve as mentors to their optiMize undergraduate Social Innovatoin Challenge teams. Student teams will present their project ideas and mentors will provide advice, support, and feedback to teams on challenges they may face in their social impact project. RPCVs will have the opportunity to share about their service experience and do some interactive role-playing with student teams about challenges they will face when doing social engagement work in communities around the world.

Dangerous English

Friday, March 24, 2017
Dangerous English

Description: Do you feel anxious when you are speaking to native English speakers because you do not know which words or phrases are offensive or "politically incorrect"? We will cover some common "dangerous" English words or phrases. We will talk about when to use and when not to use certain words, "dangerous" pronunciation of words, common double meanings of words, as well as the meanings of some non-verbal gestures.

This workshop is cosponsored by the International Center and Munger Graduate Residences.

Understanding Cultural Norms to Avoid Social Mistakes in the U.S.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Cultural Norms

Description: Each culture has norms established that are usually unwritten and may be unclear to people who are new to that culture. Part of adjusting to a new country is learning about what to do and what not to do in social situations. This interactive workshop will highlight 10 common U.S. cultural norms and expected behaviors that could save you from discomfort or embarrassment later.

Exploring Spiritual Communities

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Exploring Spiritual Communities

Description: The Ann Arbor area and Southeast Michigan are home to a great diversity of religious communities from many traditions. Exploring Spiritual Communities is a great opportunity for international students and scholars to learn about several different religious communities and to visit their places of worship.

Registration and Questions: If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Jessica Greenfield at


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