International students are enrolling in US colleges and universities in record numbers. Heading the pack of international students pursing an American education are thousands upon thousands of Chinese applicants. How well prepared are US university staff members to engage and understand the new arrivals from Asia and how prepared are Chinese students for a western academic environment?
Bill was inspired to write Western Culture: A Guide for Asian Students by his significant and positive encounters with the genuine, often untitled, bevy of academic leaders, administrators and students who strive to make such a difference—but don’t have the cross-cultural skill set to do so.
He understands the challenges and the gaps between east-west communication styles like few other speakers or trainers. He has spent a lifetime exploring other cultures and knows his material inside and out. Equally importantly– he practices what he teaches. One of the things that differentiate Bill’s seminars is that many of his illustrative examples stem from his experiences living and studying abroad. International audiences immediately bond with him. He understands firsthand the struggles of adjusting to different academic environments, studying in a series of countries, and surrounded by a number of languages. He’ll create a seminar for your administrators and students with insight, diligence and deliver it with heart.
Leading colleges and universities pay very close attention to the ratings, developments and trends that envelop their campus. They view the professional development of their leaders, administrators and scholars—in particular, graduate students– as a key ingredient to building and maintaining a stellar reputation. Employer surveys reveal recent graduates are equipped with the workplace competencies they need, however graduating students are not able to articulate and demonstrate their abilities in job interviews. In addition, two-thirds of business leaders believe college grads are not prepared for the global economy and 83% of HR professionals report a desire to identify and hire professionals who are culturally competent and prepared for a globally interactive work environment. Bill raises the bar for students and prepares them for the next stage of their academic life—interviews and the opportunity to land their dream job. (see Global Graduates below).
Universities and colleges seeking to inspire students beyond the status quo find Bill’s orientation seminars particularly effective. Faculty and staff from Harvard University to the University of Chicago and beyond express their appreciation for Sinunu’s talent.
Although all seminars are customized, the following summaries highlight Sinunu’s most popular academic workshops.
Designed for Incoming Undergraduate and Graduate Asian Students
How can Asian students thrive in an interactive and participatory US academic environment? Sinunu has identified 8 key components to bridging the gap between east and west.
- Direct vs. Indirect Communication Styles
- Academic Ways of Learning
- Ethics/ Plagiarism
- Formal vs. Informal Interactions
- Approaches to Network Building
- Perceptions of Hierarchy
- Decision Making Styles
This ½ day interactive program will prepare Asian students for a US academic environment by:
- Providing Asian students with an Orientation Strategy
- Outlining US academic expectations and ethical expectations
- Detailing how to thrive in multicultural teams
- Participating in a number of Insightful Cultural Exercises
Each student will receive a signed copy of Western Culture: A Guide for Asian Students
Build Dynamic, Respectful and Interactive Student Cohorts – Designed for Incoming Undergraduate and Graduate Students
How can incoming scholars from around the globe, including large numbers of International Students, build functional teams and thrive in an interactive and participatory US academic environment? Understanding and relating to cultural norms and practices is a key component for creating rewarding relationships and is recognized by experts as critical for success in multicultural academic environments.
Sinunu builds bridges between students who hail from different cultures. Students are exposed to cross-cultural challenges– including conflicting cross cultural ways of learning, varying communication styles, approaches to group projects and participation levels in multicultural teams. Each workshop includes a number of entertaining and insightful interactive exercises to maximize understanding, participation and ultimately, build functional and cohesive multicultural teams.
This program will unify the cohort by:
- Encouraging Cultural Empathy and understanding the challenges faced by other cultural participants
- Creating a framework for heightened personal and professional interaction
- Outlining the academic and social challenges faced by different cultural participants
- Obtaining individual commitments to solidify and move the group forward
Each student will receive a signed copy of (student’s choice) Western Culture: A Guide for Asian Students or Student Evolution: Cultural Vision for Advancing Scholars
How can academic institutions better support and prepare students for an increasingly diverse workplace and global leadership?
This seminar provides cross-cultural context for students, processing what was culturally garnered during their academic tenure (via course work, working in multicultural teams, study abroad experience, student organization involvement and volunteer activities) and then takes that cross-cultural knowledge and recent experiences to the next step—preparing culturally savvy resumes, identifying culturally astute speaking points for interviews and building international networks. The first module of the program enables students to put their academic experience in perspective by identifying pivotal cross-cultural experiences. The second and third modules focus on coaching and mock interviews, so students can effectively verbalize and relay their cross-cultural abilities and “close the deal” with recruiters. The fourth module teaches students how to build, grow and support an expansive global professional network.
This ½ day program will: prepare students for the corporate recruiting process by:
- Providing a process for students to systemically digest and highlight their cross cultural academic experiences
- Providing a strategy for students to relay their cross-cultural expertise
- Supporting all students, including international students, in pursuit of individual career goals
- Building a knowledgeable and sophisticated international cohort
Cross Cultural Communication