Global Voices Speakers Program
The Global Voices Speaker's Program was created to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and understanding on the IUPUI campus. As a Global Voices Volunteer, you will have an opportunity to:
- Talk about your culture, religion, traditions, etc, to an interested audience.
- Help break down stereotypes, misjudgements or prejudices.
- Practice public speaking skills.
- Form academic networks and personal relationships with professors and students.
- Make a contribution to the internationalization of the IUPUI curriculum, and thereby contributing to the development of a more open and accepting campus.
- Help to prepare IUPUI students to be true global citizens.
- Add a meaningful experience to your professional resume.
Global Voices Volunteers will receive a Certificate of Participation for each class or event they take part in.
Students interested in participating in the Global Voices Speaker's Program should complete the GVSP Intake Form and return it to the Office of International Affairs. The more detail you provide on your form, the more likely OIA will be able to match you with a meaningful volunteer experience. After completing the Intake Form, you will be added to a database of volunteers.
Please make sure to keep OIA updated on your availability! We need to know about any changes so we may keep our database accurate and up-to-date.
OIA will take requests from IUPUI Faculty and Staff, and identify the most appropriate volunteer(s) for the event. Depending on individual factors, such as nationality and availability, some students may be asked to volunteer frequently, while others might have fewer opportunities. In any case, students are always free to decline a possible volunteer opportunity for any reason, including time conflicts, discomfort with proposed discussion topic, etc.
After volunteers have been matched with an event, the faculty or staff member who made the request is responsible for contacting the volunteers. Faculty and volunteers should engage in a discussion prior to the class to agree on discussion topic and format. At that time, volunteers should openly discuss any limitations they may have for the discussion. For example, if have been invited to talk about the culture of your country but you are not comfortable discussing religion, please mention this to the faculty member prior to the class. If an agreement cannot be reached the volunteer can withdraw from participation in the event. Volunteers are not obligated to participate in dicussions on topics with make them feel uncomfortable.
Once a volunteer has committed to participate in an event, it is important for the volunteer to arrive at the agreed place at least 5 minutes prior to the starting time. Faculty/staff members are counting on your presence, and have possibly structured the entire lesson around your participation.
In case it is necessary to cancel participation in an event, volunteers are aasked to notify both the faculty/staff member and OIA as early as possible.
Volunteers are not expected to be able to represent the opinions of their entire cultural, ethnic or religious communitiy. It is understood that you are representing your personal opinions, which may vary from other individuals from your country.
Please fill out the GVSP Volunteer Feedback Form following your volunteer event. Your feedback on this program is very valuable to OIA.