Each semester a new group of international students arrives at UMW. Not only do these students face the challenges of entering a new university, they also face the challenges of dealing with a new culture that is often extremely different from their own.
Through InterLink, UMW students will welcome incoming international students and help ease their transition to campus life. The program will create opportunities for international and internationally-minded American students at UMW to interact on a personal level and develop greater global and cultural awareness.
International students will each be “linked” to an InterLink Mentor who will serve as a campus host during their stay in the US.
The Center for International Education (CIE) is seeking new InterLink mentors for the fall 2014 semester. Interested students must submit the on-line Interlink Mentor Application no later than April 18, 2014. Students selected to serve as mentors will be notified on an ongoing basis. Commitment to serve as mentor is for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Mentors will move in to UMW housing on Sunday, August 17 and will be eligible for three meals a day at Seacobeck until classes begin. All Mentors must attend an Orientation on Sunday, August 17 in Lee 412 from 4:00-8:30pm. Pizza will be served.
Requirements for Prospective InterLink Mentors
- Must be a full-time undergraduate at UMW in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Must have completed at least one year of study at UMW
- Must attend Interlink Mentor Orientation Sunday, August 17 at 4:00pm in Lee 412
- Must complete the Interlink Mentor Application
- Study Abroad or overseas experience desirable, but not required
- Initiate contact with your linked student during orientation and the first week of classes
- Maintain weekly or bi-weekly contact with your linked student throughout the semester
- Attend at least one CIE International Student Event with your linked student during the semester
- Attend at least two other UMW programs with your linked student each semester (e.g., athletic events, James Farmer Multicultural Center Programs, UPC programs in The Underground, UMW traditions like Rocktoberfest or Devil Goat Day)
- Inform the Interlink Advisor of any concerns or problems you experience, including inability to make contact or poor communication with your linked student
- Provide a brief report at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters about your experience as an InterLink Mentor, including feedback and suggestions for improving the InterLink Mentor Program (e.g., propose a new event; suggest other forms of compensation in addition to early arrival and knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life)
Linked students will sign an agreement which states that they will NOT ask their mentor for any of the following forms of assistance. Likewise, you should know that Interlink Mentors are NOT responsible for and should NOT feel obligated to:
- Offer housing to students, either during the academic year or during breaks
- Provide transportation to and from the airport or around the city
- Spend any money on, or loan any money to, the student for food, clothes, entertainment, etc.
- Give advice or intervene in academic, legal, or employment matters
In the event you would be asked to take on any of these tasks (or find yourself in any other uncomfortable situation), please notify CIE right away so we can help manage the problem.
InterLink Mentors will receive a monthly email message from the Center for International Education informing them of events Mentors might enjoy attending with their linked student, as well as one featured event that all international students and InterLink Mentors are highly encouraged to attend. Likewise, if you know of any upcoming events which we should include in this monthly message, please let us know.
We hope you will join us in this program designed to link new international students with internationally-minded American students at the University of Mary Washington. You’ll enjoy some benefits from your cross-cultural relationship as well as helping someone else.
Contact the Center for International Education
Lee Hall, Suite 434