Cultural Companions

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Cultural Companions is a newly developed leadership program to support our incoming international student population while providing an opportunity for cultural discovery for first-year domestic students. The Honors College looks for first-year domestic students to apply to be a companion to a first-year international student. Taking concepts from the International Programs office, these companion pairs will meet one-on-one at least two times in the first academic semester and attend one of the two social “Mixers” put on by the Honors College. Through Cultural Companions students create meaningful friendships spanning across cultural barriers to come together as one community in the Honors College.


Domestic Cultural Companions are expected to:

  • Attend mandatory domestic student cultural training session and Pairing Party (August 29, 2016 and September 2, 2016)
  • Attend at least two social Mixers with your international companion
  • Meet at least three times for one-on-one interactions with your international companion (coffee, ice cream, lunch, studying)
  • Complete follow-up reflection at the end of the Fall 2016 semester



To apply to be a Cultural Companion, you must be an incoming first-year Honors College student. If you are interested in this opportunity please complete the application below. All selections of first-year domestic students for this program will take place after STAR is complete.


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