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Slutzker Center Invites You to Break Bread and Share Stories
The Slutzker Center for International Services, in collaboration with the local Syracuse community, is holding its fourth annual “Global Encounters: Breaking Bread and Sharing Stories” event on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6-8 p.m., in 304ABC Schine Student Center, and encourages individuals to submit their information to participate.
“We have been working to create the kind of inclusive campus that prepares students for work, life and success in a global community,” says Elaine Granger Carrasco, an associate director at the Slutzker Center. “Students who have participated in this event are so grateful for the experience. It can be difficult for them to develop these intercultural skills on their own, so we are excited to assist them and show them how valuable, fun and enriching the experience can be.”
The event includes faculty, staff, students and community members, and it is designed to bring together people from all different places and walks of life to experience an intercultural exchange of stories. The evening includes a buffet dinner and time during and after the meal dedicated to participants sharing their stories of cultural exchanges at home and abroad. Events like this focus on the rich diversity of individuals on the Syracuse University campus as well as the refugee and immigrant populations in the Greater Syracuse area. It is driven by the need to help students learn how to talk to each other and to people that are different from them.
At one of the most recent gatherings, a Fulbright Scholar shared her thoughts on what it means to be part of a globalized world. “I am here to share my experiences about Botswana and to learn about the American culture,” said Keneliwe Ndlovu, a public communications graduate student. “And, from what I learn, I will go back and share my experiences and hope that I leave a little bit of Botswana here.”
To attend this event, send the following information to Max Wojnowski by Friday, Nov. 6: name, email address, phone number, country of origin, study abroad country (if applicable) and whether you are an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty or staff member, SU Abroad participant, and/or Syracuse community member. American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided if requested by Nov. 1 and the room is accessible by elevator. For more information, contact Granger Carrasco. This event is free.