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Cultural Conversations

Cultural Conversations

Cultural Conversations engages VCU students with peers from international partner institutions in weekly guided gatherings via Zoom. Topics of conversation vary based on student interests and have included art, business, the environment, food, health, human rights, language, music and tourism. During the one-hour sessions, students speak in English or the language of the partner institution, allowing for authentic linguistic and intercultural communication practice. Currently, connections are with institutions in Japan, Mali, Mexico, Qatar and Vietnam with the goal of expanding offerings based on student interests. For VCU students interested in Education Abroad, Cultural Conversations can serve as the first step toward engaging internationally from home. Read more about student experiences in Cultural Conversations.

You may sign up for one, two, or all opportunities in a series.  You may also travel with us to different countries as your schedule permits. We simply ask that you sign up in advance so we can give you the agenda for the specific days you sign up for.

The fall 2021 schedule is developing as student and partner institute interests are confirmed. Please check back periodically for updates or sign up to receive an email update when registering for any of the opportunities below. 

 Current Workshop Dates/Times



Vietnam: Kien Giang University (6 opportunities)

Thursdays, Dec. 9, 16, 2021; Jan. 6, 13, 20 and February 10, 2022

  • In Virginia: 8-9 a.m.
  • In Kien Giang: 8-9 p.m.      

Main language(s) of conversations: English (and some Vietnamese)



Zoom access

 Previous Workshops

Mali: English Practice Club, Bamako

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Main language(s) of conversations: English and French

Impressions of the program:
"I am so very thankful for the online platforms and outlets. Without them, I simply would not be able to continue this educational journey. It is a real blessing and I thank you for being a huge part of that world! 

These conversations are often the highlight of my week, and my mind is continually in motion as I think about some of the “takeaways” from cross-cultural engagement..."

Amy Tetteron
Major: Visual Arts/Multi-disciplinary
Pathways to VCU Program participant

Japan: Shimane University (9 opportunities)

Theme: Social Justice and Place

Main language(s) of conversations: English (and some Japanese)

Qatar: VCU Arts 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Main languages of coversation: English (possibly Arabic)

Links to Review

  • VCU Cultural Conversations reflection and attendance form (to be filled out at the end of EACH one-hour session)
  • Article on the importance of reflecting on global learning goals



Please reach out. We would love to connect.

Audrey Emiko Short

Global Engagement Co-curricular Coordinator

Global Education Office

Virginia Commonwealth University

912 West Grace Street, 4129

Richmond, VA 23284

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