Cultural Coffee Hours

Friday, November 05, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Virtual Event

If you are struggling to adapt to the American way of life, let’s first take a step back and look at the bigger picture of cultural differences and intercultural communication styles. Having a deeper understanding of where we come from will help us navigate our new environment.

Attendance at all 4 sessions is strongly encouraged. Facilitated by Jennifer Recklet Tassi, Senior Program Manager for MIT Spouses & Partners Connect.

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Understanding Cultural Adaptation October 15th at 1pm

It's not easy to move to another country or a new city. We'll talk about the signs and phases of culture shock, the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, uncertainty, confusion, etc.) felt when people have to operate within a different cultural or social environment. Join us for an interactive discussion about how to transition to a new culture and ways to support yourself and your family.

Understanding Cultural Differences October 22nd at 1pm

How can we make sense of differences between cultures? In this session, we will discuss a classic framework for understanding the values and roots of cultural differences in behavior.

Understanding intercultural communication October 29th at 1pm

A big part of navigating cultural differences is understanding differences in communication. In this session, you will learn about culturally influenced communication styles and how we might perceive people whose style differs from our own.

Understanding the American Personality November 5th at 1pm

Learn about American values and how they shape behavior. We will discuss Americans' optimism, their obsession with time and efficiency, and the importance of equality and achievement.

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