Connecting Across Cultures is an informal, supportive discussion group for international students, students who have studied abroad and any students who are interested in dialoguing and connecting across cultures. It is a place where students can obtain support and make connections at Montclair State University. You will have an opportunity to engage with others from different (or similar) cultures, while also supporting each other and sharing experiences and challenges. It is also an affirming and safe space for you to obtain support after experiencing unfortunate interactions such as perceived bias, racism, homophobia, micro-aggressions, other forms of oppression or other such interpersonal situations that may have been difficult to deal with.
The group meets every Thursday from 3-4 p.m. in the Drop-In Center. It is facilitated by Dr. Sudha Wadhwani, with interns from Equity and Diversity, Global Education, and CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors. It is an open group, which means new students can participate at any point of the semester – we always welcome new members! You can come weekly or whenever you are able to attend. It is a nice place to build relationships, make connections and learn about the world. Come have tea, snacks and celebrate our diverse community at Montclair State University.
Connecting Across Cultures, on occasion, may collaborate with other organizations to co-sponsor culturally related events or dialogues on particular topics. Examples include particular discussions on body image across cultures, coming out across cultures, women and gender across cultures, and bi-cultural identity and acculturation issues.
Connecting Across Cultures is co-sponsored by CAPS, Equity and Diversity, Global Education, Health Promotion, Psychology Club and Multicultural Psychology Scholars.