Event displays global network
Workshop aims to create diverse leaders
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
The International Students Association will be hosting its third annual I-Global Leadership Workshop on Sunday in the MSC to teach students networking and leadership skills in a culturally diverse community.
The event will feature guest speakers with culturally diverse backgrounds. Linda Edwards, director of community outreach in the Office of the Provost, will be presenting a seminar called “Raising Your Cultural IQ,” designed to educate students on how to improve cross-cultural interactions and avoid communication clashes.
International Student adviser Lesley Vaculin and theatre arts professor Michael Greenwald will be conducting interactive team building exercises.
President of the International Student Association (ISA) Sakshi Gupta said the activities and lectures led by the guest speakers will help students step out of their comfort zones and learn.
“When you are from another culture, you may feel suppressed,” Gupta said. “You may have an accent and feel unable or afraid to express yourself. The I-Global Leadership Workshop teaches you to not be scared, to be a leader wherever you go.”
Graduate student Amit Ghoshal is a newcomer to both the workshop and to Texas A&M. He is working on his second doctorate, but said he is going to the event because there is always more to learn.
“They say that it doesn’t matter what you know, but who you know,” Ghoshal said. “If you want to be successful, you have to network. That is key.”
Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion, get to enjoy an array of international foods and have a chance to win prizes. Yashwant Vyas, junior electrical engineering major, said the value of the program will be the education and experience it provides.
“A certificate of completion may get damaged or lost,” Vyas said, “but nobody will be able to take away what you have learned.”