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September 9, 2011

The Cultural and Language Mentor Program from Red River College on Vimeo.

This past week, I had the opportunity to join the Diversity & Immigrant Student Support staff, and RRC’s Student Association, at our Stevenson Campus Diversity BBQ.  It was a lot of fun with great food, prizes and a gut wrenching hotdog eating contest.  The Student Association was serving up hotdogs and drinks, while the Diversity & Immigrant Student support staff, and I walked around promoting the Cultural & Language Mentorship program.

Last fall I was approached by the Cultural & Language Mentorship program coordinator here at RRC.  She began to tell me about this awesome program she runs called the Cultural & Language Mentorship program.  She went on to explain how it gives Canadian born students (or staff) at RRC the opportunity to be paired up with an immigrant or International student for the purpose of mentorship.  I automatically thought to myself what do I have to offer a new immigrant or international student?  The reality of it was that I had a lot to offer.

I was able to share my knowledge about Canadian customs, the English language and college life.  I also had the opportunity to broaden my cross cultural skills, learn about cultural practices from around the world and made a new friend.  It was an experience I will never forget, and I am looking forward to participating again this year with a new mentorship partner.

Click to learn more about the Cultural & Language Mentorship program and how you can get involved, check out their video (above), or contact the Mentor Program Coordinator Lauren Konrad lkonrad@rrc.mb.ca .

Clint Thiessen,
Recruitment Officer