International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Scholars to Speak at Portland Rotary

February 26, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

PSU’s International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) has attracted quite an array of international students from around the globe.  Our club will have the privilege of meeting 15 of them on Tuesday, February 26th.   Four of the students are being selected to represent the group as a keynote panel.

The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) is a scholarship program for F-1 international students. ICSP students spend 90 hours each academic year volunteering at cultural events or giving presentations about their cultures to audiences at PSU and in the local Portland area.

The four international student representatives on the panel will describe their home country, town, or village.  Speak about their family’s life including values, relationships, and everyday routines as well as share their personal aspirations and how education in the United States contributes to their personal goals.

Each panelist will then select one question to answer to introduce their country of origin to the Club and guest attendees.

Questions range from –

  • Education System: structure, typical school day, uniforms, teacher-student relationship, etc.;
  • Gender Roles: activities typically associated with male and female roles, etc.;
  • Geography: maps, globe, how the climate and borders influence daily life, minority groups, etc.;
  • History: past and current events affecting daily life and their future;
  • Civics: system of government, beliefs and values, customs, and traditions, etc.;
  • Water: the role of a resource like water and how it affects the day-to-day lives of people from your country.

As time permits, they may also address other inquiries –

  • What have you found most difficult while adjusting to life in the United States?
  • How is climate change affecting your country?

Join us to meet these outstanding representatives of other cultures and to better understand these global citizens.