August 2014

Diversity and Intercultural Services welcomes you to Red River College!

August 28, 2014 • Written by

Team pictureDiversity and Intercultural Services offers support programs to help immigrant and international students be successful in their integration into the local culture, the College environment and the Canadian labour force. We also provide support programs to students, faculty and staff to ensure that the learning environment is inclusive and respectful of diversity and to develop valuable intercultural skills necessary in today’s global work environment. Diversity and Intercultural Services also coordinates the LGBTT* Initiative that provides educational opportunities and resources to build communication, understanding and respect for diversity throughout the College.

Student Integration Services

All Immigrant and international students can access the Student Integration Services for cultural or settlement supports that will facilitate your integration to the College environment and the local community. Student Integration Coordinators work with you to find solutions, offer advocacy and build support plans to help meet your integration needs.

Notre Dame Campus and Stevenson Campus Contact: Norlan Page, Student Integration Coordinator at 204-631-3309 or email nopage@rrc.ca.

Exchange District Campus and Regional Campuses Contact: Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator at 204-631-3345 or email lkonrad@rrc.ca.

Language Training Centre Contact: Jillian Hoogland, Student Integration Coordinator at 204-945-8776 or email jhoogland@rrc.ca.

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The Intercultural Mentorship Program: Learning about each other

August 25, 2014 • Written by

MAWOD_Event_084A growing body of evidence suggests that multicultural engagement is a predictor of subsequent career success. Not merely being exposed to a multicultural environment, but actually being actively engaged with these environments greatly improves creativity and enhances personal and professional prospects. Spending time with people from different cultures will help build intercultural intelligence which is an increasingly valuable skill in a globalized setting.

One of the programs that Red River College runs through Diversity and Intercultural Services is the Intercultural Mentorship Program (formerly known as the Cultural and Language Mentorship Program) whose vision is to provide students and staff with a successful intercultural mentoring relationship, contributing to empowered students, work-ready graduates and richly diverse, healthy communities for all.

The Intercultural Mentorship Program is a Local-Global partnership that pairs immigrant and international students with Canadian-raised students or staff for friendship and intercultural exchange. There are benefits on all sides: participants get to make a new friend, network, improve intercultural communication skills, learn to work with culturally diverse individuals, explore the city together, participate in events, and step out of their comfort zone and try out new things!

Last year, 298 students successfully completed the Intercultural Mentorship Program! 24 participants were staff at the College, which just goes to show the level of commitment and interest our staff has in connecting with students on a personal level and developing valuable relationships. Let’s have a look at some of the experiences our staff have had as Local Mentor Partners in the Intercultural Mentorship Program. Read More →

You are invited to a Welcoming Celebration

August 25, 2014 • Written by

RRC’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations team will host a Welcoming Celebration for students on Thursday, September 4, from noon to 1pm, at the Notre Dame Campus.

Students have a lot on their minds when going back to school — like housing, buying textbooks, and just finding their way around campus. The Welcoming Celebration offers a break from it all — complete with a free lunch and the chance to meet other students while being entertained by comedian Don Burnstick.

Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time: Doors open at 11:15am, Comedy Show starts at 12:00pm

Place: F209, Aboriginal Support Centre (Notre Dame Campus)

For more information, please call 204.632.3773.10624580_698793283527662_5540103753911227896_n[1]