At Maryville College, all students become active leaders in their community. The Center for International Education's Cultural
Let's get into more detail on the three requirements of the program. Each term, Cultural Ambassadors share their culture both 1) on campus and 2) off campus, as well as 3) actively participate in a campus club or organization.
|Group of students at Homecoming|
Many students share their culture on campus (1) through the Global Citizenship Organization’s (GCO) cultural presentation times, in your resident halls or during international education week. There is a lot of flexibility in sharing your culture on campus, so students can also plan their own event or way of sharing. For example, perhaps you love to cook traditional food from your culture and want to host a small event teaching others how to cook a dish. If you have traditional clothes or items from your country that you want to share, remember to bring them with you to Tennessee. Staff at CIE are always here to help you brainstorm ideas and put plans into action. We will ask you to present your culture AT LEAST ONCE formally on campus, so be prepared!
|Jamaica presentation at Alcoa Elementary - Spring 2018|
|Chinese New Year Celebration at Isaac's Cafe|
The last requirement is a fun one that will help you find your place on campus. You can join any organization (3) you want and participate fully to fulfill this requirement. Participating fully means that you will go to meetings and be involved in at least one event each semester in your chosen organization. Being a member of GCO or the International Education Week Planning Committee may be a good option, but you could also join the Student Government Association or one of the many groups on campus (we’ll talk more about these groups in a later post!). One of the best things about a small college is that there are many leadership opportunities within organizations right from Day 1. Attend the Opportunities of a Lifetime Fair the 2nd week of class to get to know all the clubs.
The CIE is looking forward to seeing how each of you embraces your ambassadorship this coming year!