Global House

Global House is a location on campus for students to celebrate and learn about cultures. Cultural dinners, field trips, and getting to know faculty and staff from around the world are just a few of the ways Global House broadens perspectives and provide opportunities to connect in the classroom learning with out of the classroom experiences.

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Quick Facts

  • Located in Wyoming Hall - for students of all years
  • International Student Housing
  • Residential Fellows from Political Science
  • Annual Mardi Gras celebration!
  • New course offered exclusively for students in Global House, XLRN 188 - "Meaning of Global Citizen" taught by Professor Rocio Vallejo-Allegre, F 4:30-5:20 pm

What is a Living-Learning Community?

A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who choose to live together in a Residence Hall to explore a common interest. Each LLC has a shared academic component (e.g., a course, faculty-led workshops, a service trip) and is strengthened by co-curricular experiences that align with the community's interests and goals.

Values

GLOBAL: Gratitude | Liveliness | Openness | Belonging | Appreciation | Leadership

Description

Global House is residential initiative and educational opportunity to bring a distinct cultural experience to students living in Wyoming Hall. Students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and those with interests in cultural inclusion, languages, and anthropology, and much more come together to create an inclusive atmosphere that welcome and promotes diversity. Residential Fellows from numerous departments and around the world contribute to conversations and learning within Global House. Since many international students are housed in Wyoming, the building is supported by a special student staff position: the International Student Mentor (ISM) who is trained in supporting our international student population. The ISM works with other offices to connect international students to academic resources, to networking opportunities, and to each other.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students living in Global House will demonstrate an appreciation of the similarities and differences we all embody.
  2. Students living in Global House will explore avenues of self-expression to create an “in-culture” experience for all residents in the hall.

How to Apply

All housing placements for Writers House are based upon application review. Applicants must have submitted complete answers to all questions in the application to be considered for placement. Only those who submit an application by the housing deadlines listed on the housing selection website may be considered for placement. You can find more information on the housing process at housing for incoming students.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Department of Student Life (life@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5851) or the Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives, Dr. Meg Reitz, (reitzm@geneseo.edu or 585-245-6363)

Are you a faculty or staff member interested in getting involved?

Visit our Residential Fellows web page for more information or fill out the general interest form or contact Dr. Meg Reitz directly at x6363 or reitzm@geneseo.edu


Global House Testimonials

Jo Kirk

Residential fellow, adjunct lecturer in department of political science

Q: Why did you choose to work with Global House as a residential fellow?

A: Global House brings international students together with American students, faculty and staff who are interested in intercultural exchange. More generally, I think living-learning communities that connect campus life and academics greatly enhance the college experience for faculty as well as students.

Q: How have you been able to engage with Global House this year?

A: I attended a meet-and-greet with students and staff, and a group of 20-30 came to the farm that I run with my spouse, Chuck Strickland ‘74, and picked apples.

Q: Why are you passionate about working with international students and diverse communities?

A: Having grown up in Western Europe, followed by nine years in South Asia, and now more than twenty in the United States, with continued personal and professional travel, including Geneseo study abroad activities, I love experiencing new places and people, especially diverse communities that are interested in difference and intercultural exchange. And my academic classes are international in subject matter.

Q: What advice do you have for students who are considering to live in Global House?

Do it! Whether you are American or from abroad or — as in my case, both — it is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of different cultures and ideas.

Thasfia Chowdhury, '22

Resident of Global House from Queens, NY, political science major and conflict studies minor

Q: Why did you select to live in Global House?

A: I chose to live in the house because it affirmed to me that Geneseo is invested in inclusive living and fostering diversity in a common space.

Q: What do you enjoy most about living in Global House?

A: The RA’s in the house are so committed to what Wyoming residence hall stands for. They really make us all feel loved and like one community.

Q: What will you take away from your living experience?

A: Living in Wyoming has been my best living situation yet. I love being able to see and interact with international students living right across from me.

Q: What events or features of Global House have you engaged in/with this year?

A: I regularly stop by the RA desk and chat with them. RA Catherine Brownell ‘19 held a Mardi Gras event with doughnut holes she fried and tossed in powdered sugar. They were even more yummy with good neighbors and great conversations.

Charity Betters, '21

From Syracuse, NY and English and adolescent education major

Q: Why did you select to live in Global House?

A: Global House offered the most diverse group of peers. I appreciate being around cultures that are radically different than mine; Global House could offer that. In Syracuse, I worked with refugees from all different backgrounds, and I hope to continue that work after I graduate. I recognize that I need more exposure to those who have different family life and experiences from mine to be an empathetic and understanding person. Also, as a freshman who is a little bit older than those in my same year, it's nice to be around students that can guide me a little more from sharing previous experiences.

Q: What do you enjoy most about living in Global House?

A: How friendly and open the RAs have all been! Also, I really like the common room as a study space.

Q: What have you learned by living in Global House?

A: Living with my roommate, Seoyoung Park, a first-year student from Korea, has been the most fun. We talk all of the time, and are just very different in so many ways, but connect so well. She shares facts about Korea I would never know otherwise. Did you know that Koreans consider newborns to be one years old? In my roommate's country, she is 21, but in the States, she is only 20! Stories like that are my biggest takeaway.

Q: What events or features of Global House have you engaged in/with this year?

A: Shekiqua Reid ‘19  and Imasha Silva ‘19, both RAs in Global House! I visit and talk with them often. They have many friends in the African Student Association (ASA), a club I am now apart of. They are very outgoing and friendly,and I appreciate their genuine concern for me as I navigate my first semester here.

Sabrina Bramwell '19

Global House RA and English major

Living in Global House has heightened my global perspective and allowed me to be humble enough to ask questions and appreciate the story of others. Best of all, being a member of Global House has made me recognize that though cultures differ, the similarity between people and how we treat each other is universal. Also, the diversity that exists holds value and should be used to build bridges in the global community rather than represent differences as a weakness.

Imasha Silva '19

Global House RA and mathematics major

Living in Global House has helped me to connect with students from diverse backgrounds and learn about different values, perspectives, and opinions. By calling Wyoming my home for the past two years I have not only come to appreciate other cultures, but developed an even deeper love for my own.