Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)

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About the Program

Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)
Established January 2015.

Global Engagement Mondays (GEM) are an opportunity for American and international students and scholars to share and learn about common topics of interest to all from different cultural perspectives. American student volunteers facilitate small group conversations on topics ranging from decoding American Slang to exploring the latest fads in pop culture. GEM offers the chance for students and scholars to share their experiences with American culture, as newcomers or lifelong residents, and learn from each other’s stories and insight. We welcome all students, scholars, and international spouses or partners to join and are always open to new topic ideas!

Do you want to join the discussions as a participant?

GEM participants enjoying ice cream together.

Participants engage in small group conversations on topics ranging from decoding American Slang to exploring the latest fads in pop culture. They can share their experiences with American culture, as newcomers or lifelong residents, and learn from each other’s stories and insight. We welcome all students, scholars, faculty, staff, and international spouses or partners to join and are always open to new topic ideas!


Please see the topic schedule to the right. Just bring yourself and your insight!

Do you want to be a GEM Discussion Facilitator?

GEM Discussion Facilitators are students who are lifelong American residents and interested in cross-cultural interactions and meeting new people! All students who can share their unique American experience/perspective is welcome to apply as a facilitator. These students have participated in a training prior to the new GEM quarter.

GEM Discussion Faciliators - Apply to be a facilitator for the Fall 2017 Quarter

Outside the recruitment period, students can email us to express their interest in becoming a discussion facilitator. If you are interested, please email sissconnect@ucdavis.edu.

GEM - Fall 2017

GEMs are held every Monday beginning October 23rd, from 5:30 to 6:30PM at the UC Davis International Center 2nd Floor Conference Room.

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Fall 2017 Dates and Topics

 
5:30 - 6:30pm, International Center 2119
 
Monday, October 23
Technology and Social Media
Monday, October 30
Fall and Winter Holidays
Monday, November 6
Slang
Monday, November 13
International Education Week special, 3-5pm, International Center Lobby
Monday, November 20
Art and Entertainment
Monday, November 27
Food - Yuck & Yum
Monday, December 4
Hometown and Family