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Global Partners

Global Partners promotes understanding and friendship among U.S. and international students at KU. We host social, service, academic, and career development events throughout the semester that give you the opportunity to form unique friendships and to enhance your intercultural competency.

Join Global Partners

Benefits of Becoming a Partner

By joining Global Partners you'll receive weekly email updates about:

  • Upcoming events and activities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Student job opportunities at KU related to international careers
  • Information on academic opportunities such as international scholarships and fellowships offered through KU
  • Be eligible to use Global Partners events for Global Awareness Program credit

Purpose

  • Global Partners brings together American and International members of the KU community. You have the opportunity to form a partnership with a Jayhawk from a different country or culture, but you don't have to. You're also welcome to just attend the Global Partners events and participate with the group.
  • At our meet-ups we will do a number of "getting-to-know-you" activities that give you the opportunity to grow your partnership. Whether you take the partnership outside of our Meet-Ups is up to you and your partner.
  • Global Partners sponsors events outside of our Meet-Ups that participants are encouraged to attend, such as bowling, laser tag, potlucks etc. to grow your partnership, or just to have fun as a group.

GAP (Global Awareness Program) Credit

  • In order to receive GAP credit you must attend 20 hours of Global Partners events and activities throughout one semester. When you sign up for Global Partners on Rock Chalk Central, you will receive the list of activities for that semester. At each activity you will need to get a signature on your activity list from the Global Partners Staff Advisor or from an executive board member.

Benefits of Global Partners

  • Make unique friendships with Jayhawks from across the world
  • Network with Jayhawks who are interested in global issues and awareness
  • Develop a deeper understanding of culture and how it operates
  • Develop intercultural communication skills
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Build your resume
  • Earn 20 credits towards your GAP certification
  • Have fun!

2021 Global Partners Executive Board Elections - FINISHED

Global Partners will look a little different for 2021-22. On top of our partnerships, we are taking on the responsibility of hosting a weekly program titled "International Café." We will work in collaboration with the Area Studies Centers at KU (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, African and African American Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Center for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, and Global and International Studies) to provide a space for students to share internationally-themed country or culture presentations, performances, lectures etc. 

The Global Partners Executive Board will meet for one hour every other week. All Board members are expected to attend. The board meeting time will be set based on members' schedules. 

Experiential Learning Credit and Certificates- Executive board positions are eligible for credit for the Global Awareness Program Certificate. International student board members are also eligible to use this experience for the Leader Quest certificate. Some Global Partners experiences may also work for the Service Learning and Leadership certificates.

This is a commitment. Serving on the Executive Board of a Student Organization that is actively putting on a program every week is a big commitment. Choose your commitments wisely in terms of your time and your goals while at KU. Ask yourself what appeals to you about this position and what you hope to get out of it. How does that fit within your coursework and your personal life?

The most successful students in these positions will use the position for multiple purposes. They will use it to advance their coursework or degree, they will use it as their social life, they will use it to build skills and experience they need to get internships or jobs.

This is a big commitment, but you have a team to work with in your executive board, and you always have your staff advisor and the programming team within International Support Services to ask for guidance and support.

Can I run for two positions? Yes, but you may not hold two positions. You will need to create two applications and prepare a speech for both positions you run for.

Positions

President

  • 5-7 hours per week commitment

Oversee all operations of the executive board to hold the fundraising director, the social media manager, the weekly newsletter editor, the partnering manager, and the event planner accountable for their work. If their work is not completed it is the responsibility of the President to see that the work gets done.

  • The President is responsible, along with the Vice President and Partnering Manager, to attend recruiting fairs such as the two info fairs that take place during Hawk Week, the World Expo in November, and the International Jayhawk Festival in February.
  • The President will also serve as host for our weekly International Café series, introducing our speakers, and facilitating conversation amongst attendees. The President is expected to attend ALL global partners' events.
  • The President, along with the Funding Director, will also be responsible for securing funding through Student Senate for our International Café series. This will involve paperwork, budgeting, and may involve a short presentation.
  • Resume builders: leadership, management, organization, intercultural communication, problem-solving, public speaking, budgeting

Vice President

  • filled

Funding and Fundraising Director

  • This position will be quite busy around times they are applying for funding and leading up to their fundraising event
  • The Fundraising Director is responsible for at least two fundraising events during their tenure, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.  The director is responsible with all negotiations with businesses hosting percentage nights, or with venues and catering for fundraisers hosted by the organization. The Event Planner will assist the Fundraising Director with all logistics for fundraising events.
  • The Funding Director, along with the President, will also be responsible for securing funding through Student Senate for our International Café series. This will involve paperwork, budgeting, and may involve a short presentation.
  • Resume builders: leadership, organization, problem-solving, negotiation abilities, project management skills, creativity, resourcefulness
  • This position would be great for someone building skills to work in the non-profit sector.

Social Media/Rock Chalk Central Manager

  • 3-5 hours per week commitment
  • The social media manager will promote events on the global partners' Facebook and Instagram pages. They are responsible for creating event pages in both Rock Chalk Central and Facebook. They are also responsible to submit events to be included in the Rock Chalk Central weekly newsletter.
  • Resume builders: marketing, communications, brand management, creativity, customer service/community engagement, analytics
  • This position would be great for someone building skills to work in marketing and communications

Weekly Newsletter Editor

  • 1-3 hours per week commitment
  • The Editor will create and send the newsletter every week through our Global Partners Mailchimp that includes all Global Partners events for the week, volunteer and employment opportunities on campus, scholarship and fellowship opportunities with an international focus on campus, and any events being hosted by campus partners or in the community that the editor thinks will be of interest to students in global partners.
  • Resume builders: marketing, communications, brand management, writing, copy editing, design
  • This position would be great for someone building skills for a communications or journalism position, or for a marketing position.

Partnering Manager

  • 5-7 hours per week in the beginning of semester, 1-2 hours after partnering is complete
  • The Partnering Manager is responsible, along with the President and Vice President, to attend recruiting fairs such as the two info fairs that take place during Hawk Week, the World Expo in November, and the International Jayhawk Festival in February. The Partnering Manager will also manage the actual partnering of students through use of an Excel spreadsheet. This position will be most busy the first months of the semester after Hawk Week and orientation, but then work will taper off to maintaining the partnerships. The manager will need to regularly check in with partners to give them ideas on how to connect with each other and re-assign any partnerships that aren't working.
  • Resume builders: attention to detail, organization, Excel, interpersonal communication.
  • This position would be great for someone building skills for teaching, student affairs, or outreach.

Event Planner

  • 3-5 hours per week commitment
  • The Event Planner will work with the President and Vice President to organize, plan, and execute our International Café series every week. The Event Planner will need to set up chairs, make sure the technology is working and confirm any catering orders. The Event Planner will work with each week's host to get them what they need to do their presentation or performance. The Event Planner will be responsible for the clean-up of the space after the event. The Event Planner will also work with the Fundraising Director to host one fundraiser each semester.
  • Resume builders: event planning, project management, management, creativity
  • This position would be great for someone building skills to work in non-profits, event planning, student affairs, or teaching.