EVENTS

Recharge and Reflect:
Navigating the International Experience
Five Sundays
August 30 and September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time
Contribution: $100

Six people from around the world will navigate the terrains of their international experience through meeting virtually once a week for a total of five times. Each session will explore the various phases of international experience from a lens of self-exploration, spirituality, and interconnectedness. Through stories and themes, participants will realize and learn from the collective experiences of the group.

 

Thriving as an immigrant in today’s unique environment of Covid-19 and immigration policies can be challenging. Navigating through that experience takes a toll on an aspect often ignored - our mental health. A colleague describes it as an “always on the go” experience and maybe you can relate.
 

GRI is offering its first interactive dialogue series for people to recharge, reflect, and find a community whilst navigating the international experience. This experience is designed for people who are keen to collectively explore dimensions of themselves, the human spirit, and the world around them while having the lived experience of being in a new country. It is limited to six people.

 

The goal of the series is to -

  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself

  • Connect and learn from individuals going through similar life experiences

  • Provide hope and inspiration in what may seem like challenging times

 

Content 

We will meet for 90 minutes once a week for five weeks. The five sessions are structured around the following questions: Who are you and what brought you to America? What have you learned about yourself? Where do you find community? To what degree might your experience be connected to groups in your home country? What choices do you have as you continue on your international journey?

 

Facilitator 

In this group, the facilitator will hold space for experiencing, exploring, earning, and discovering potential and possibilities. The facilitator, through questions, will guide the group to make meaning of these high pressure and most often challenging times.

Tanisha Jain, MA has navigated many stages of the international experience in America. Her first move to the United States was in 2015 where she went to UC Berkeley for summer school. She returned to India with a determination to come back. Two years later, this led her to her dream school, Columbia University. In her time at school and post-graduation, she went through a series of transformative experiences that were often hard and lonely times at the moment. This led her to seek within, foster a relationship with herself and search for her community. Fast forward, she quit her financially stable job to take the road less traveled. She is currently an external Organization Development Consultant at an NYC based women and minority-owned management consulting firm and is an entrepreneur in the making. Tanisha enjoys partnering with individuals and groups to achieve higher performance and build trust through designing and facilitating learning and leadership development initiatives.

 

Who is this for 

International is anyone who requires a visa for example F1, OPT, H1B to study and work in America. Said differently, anyone who resides in America and does not have US citizenship.

If you are navigating any of the various stages of the international journey in America then this is for you. Some examples of stages are - 

  1. New to the country

  2. Studying at a university

  3. Looking for and/or Losing job on a visa

  4. Working on a Visa

  5. Name not picked in lottery

  6. Leaving the country

 

Logistics  

Sundays, August 30 and September 6,13, 20, 27 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am ET.

Please reserve one hour and a half for every meeting and only sign up if you can make all five meetings. Technical requirements: a working computer and headphone/microphone set. Contribution: $100. If money is an issue, don't let it deter you from joining please email Tanisha for a possible scholarship.

 

Sign Up

Attendance is limited to six participants. If you are interested in joining us please sign up below by August 26th. If you have any further questions please contact Tanisha Jain at tmj2131@tc.columbia.edu

 
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