Program Goal: Connect domestic and international students from diverse cultural backgrounds as equal participants in exploring our multicultural society to develop the skills of an interculturally effective person.
- One semester – co-curricular credit
- Participation at the two mandatory group meetings per semester (first and last)
- Engage in two additional cultural activities with co-pilot per semester (expected 1 hour each)
- Meet co-pilot one-on-one four times per semester (minimum 1 hour each)
- Attend two Stammtisch club meetings
- A detailed record of all activities completed throughout program
What qualifies as a cultural activity?
Here are some examples:
- On-campus events, like Pangea, International Education Week,
- DC International trips, like Canadian Canoe Museum, Cooking Class, Canada’s Wonderland, Niagara Falls, ROM
- Public festivals or events, like Doors Open Oshawa
What can I do one-on-one with my co-pilot?
Here are some examples:
- Go for coffee or eat out at a local restaurant
- Play a sport at the CRWC, skate at Campus Ice Centre, or watch the Lords play
- Take a walk through the park or hike a trail
- Attend a religious or cultural ceremony together, or engage in a tradition or ritual at home
- Visit Oshawa’s cultural hubs, like the Robert McLaughlin Gallery or Parkwood Estates
How do I keep a record of my participation?
- Co-pilots take mutual responsibility for each other and are required to sign off at one-on-one meetings.
- Each individual participant will also choose one of the following methods of record-keeping:
- Written journal/diary
- Photo journal
- Designated social media account
- Individual records will be submitted at the end of the program and evaluated to assess whether the certificate criteria have been met.
Who can participate?
- All Durham College students! Each co-pilot partnership will consist of two students from different cultural backgrounds. Whenever possible, a domestic student will be paired with an international student.
- Identify and define own culture through intercultural exercises and self-reflective record keeping.
- Recognize cultural norms encountered in daily life and understand the values they represent by engaging in critical thinking exercises at organized meetings and through thoughtful record-keeping exercises.
- Confidently engage in intercultural communications by developing intercultural communication strategies, as well as cultural awareness and understanding through regular meetings with co-pilot partner and the larger group in a variety of social capacities.
What will I earn at the end of this program?
- Certificate of Completion in the Co-Pilots Program
- Co-Curricular Record in the International category