Kelly Hall becomes home to Global Learning Community
November 21, 2016
In September 2016 the Global Learning Community (GLC) was officially launched as Drexel’s first multicultural-focused residential living/learning community. Kelly Hall is now home to the largest learning community on campus where international and domestic students alike participate in programming focused on the study abroad experience, foreign languages, international studies, and multiculturalism. Residents in Kelly Hall meet and live with students from all over the world while deepening their understanding of identity and diversity.
The Kelly Hall Residential Living staff organizes these events with the support from other partners on campus, including International Student Scholars Services (ISSS), the Office of International Programs, and the English Language Center, among others. One such program being hosted in the hall and sponsored by the ISSS office is the Community Connection Hour where students discuss cultural norms, such as dating, sarcasm, etc.
The Resident Assistants of Kelly Hall are thrilled to welcome this group of students and promote a diverse and inclusive environment where international student success and global-mindedness is a focus. Head RA of Kelly Hall, Alissa Reichert, added that “the whole staff has taken this challenge in stride by planning culturally relevant events and working with partners to gain a better understanding of international students’ needs. We look forward to expanding our own mindset as a result of working with these students!” The community worked together to plan a tour of places international students would need to visit upon their arrival within University City for functional items (i.e. telephone providers, banks, grocery stores, etc.). Throughout Welcome Week the students enjoyed visits to China Town, Reading Terminal Market, Schuylkill walking trail, along with several other locations.