Become a Cultural Mentor

Volunteer Leadership Experience

Cultural Mentors serve as student peer mentors to new international students arriving each semester. They support international students in their adjustment to CSU and the greater Fort Collins community. Cultural Mentors act as intercultural peer advisors to international students to help them transition and prepare for academic and personal success at CSU. They also serve as volunteers for initiatives hosted by the Office of International Programs, such as Orientation, Weekend the Mountains, and World Unity Fair.

Benefits of being a Cultural Mentor

  • Develop cross-cultural communication skills
  • Gain experience working with populations from different backgrounds
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Clifton Strengths training opportunities
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Have tons of fun getting to know people from around the world!

Selection Timeline

May 3: Deadline to apply.

By 4: Notification of selected applicants.

Early May: Cultural Mentor training for summer responsibilities. This training will be done online.

Minimum Requirements

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at CSU in good academic standing
  • Interest in working with diverse populations
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professionalism, respect and common courtesy towards students, other Cultural Mentors, and program supervisors.
  • Desire to help incoming international students adjust to life in the United States
  • Ability to meet all expectations and attend required events listed below
  • All students (international and American) are welcome to apply!

Required Events

  • Communicate regularly with assigned mentees before their arrival, through orientation.
  • Attend trainings (early May and the Monday of orientation week). The May training will be done online and the August training may be done online.
  • Attend and assist with Fall and Spring orientation programs (week before classes in August and January).
  • Attend monthly meetings at Laurel Hall (day/time TBD).
  • Assist with one program or event in the fall and one in the spring.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and reflect the model behavior of a campus leader.