Building Bridges Across the International Divide: Fostering Meaningful Cross-Cultural Interactions Between Domestic and International Students

  • CindyAnn Rose-Redwood University of Victoria
  • Reuben Rose-Redwood University of Victoria
Keywords: conversation partner program, cross-cultural interactions, international students, international friendships, narrative

Abstract

In this article, we consider the ways in which both formal and informal social practices at colleges and universities can lead domestic and international students to engage in meaningful cross-cultural interactions. Employing a narrative-based approach, we reflect upon our own personal experiences as domestic students who developed close friendships with international students at two higher education institutions in the United States at the turn of the twenty-first century. In one case, an internationalfriendship  grew from a formal, university-sponsored conversation partner program organized by the university’s international office, and, in the other case, a close friendship with an international student emerged through informal social interactions on a college campus. Taken together, these cases suggest that higher education settings have the potential to be spaces of meaningful cross-cultural interaction. However, this requires an active commitment on the part of both domestic and international students to engage in social interactions across the international divide.

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Author Biographies

CindyAnn Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria

CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD, PhD, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. Her research examines the social experiences of international students in higher education settings, the social geographies of immigrant communities in North American cities, and the Caribbean diaspora. She is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (with Reuben Rose-Redwood).

Reuben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria

REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. His research examines the cultural politics of place, critical social theory, and the spatialities of power. He is the editor of Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (2014, with Michael Glass), The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place (2018, with Derek Alderman and Maoz Azaryahu), and Gridded Worlds: An Urban Anthology (2018, with Liora Bigon). He is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (with CindyAnn RoseRedwood).

Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
Rose-Redwood, C., & Rose-Redwood, R. (2018). Building Bridges Across the International Divide: Fostering Meaningful Cross-Cultural Interactions Between Domestic and International Students. Journal of International Students, 8(3), 1328–1336. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i3.56
Section
Research Articles