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PAC3 is an intentionally crafted learning experience for committed residential students who desire to improve their intercultural competency skills, and who are interested in helping to build a more culturally competent and inclusive campus community.
PAC3 is a 12-week seminar pursued through activities, readings, group discussions, written reflections and presentations. Students who participate in the PAC3 program are better able to understand cultural competency concepts and express how cultural identities influence personal experiences. Through one-on-one coaching, journaling activities and synthesizing skills sessions, students leave PAC3 enriched and deeply equipped to engage in cross-cultural interactions.
The PAC3 Seminar focuses on the following student learning objectives:
- Identify how one’s individual culture frames perspective and intercultural interactions
- Describe cultural competency concepts and theories
- Synthesize skills of contextual communication, self-regulation and exploration to navigate cross-cultural interactions
Students who participate in and complete the PAC3 seminar are considered cultural ambassadors on the Georgia State campus. Similar to the University Housing program Panther Leap, by participating and completing the PAC3 program, you will now be qualified to apply for University Housing Student Leader positions. As an extension of the program, students have been integral in assisting and developing intercultural sensitivity skills among their peers through specialized programs and trainings. Our PAC3 graduates have gone on to become student body presidents, New Student Orientation leaders, Panther LEAP mentors and resident assistants, and have studied abroad in various countries.
Each year, the PAC3 cohort attends a retreat to lay a foundation and build relationships before the seminar begins. University Housing is currently recruiting the 2021 PAC3 Cohort. The following commitment is needed from students interested in participating:
- Complete a 20 – 40-minute cultural competency assessment if selected by December 4, 2020;
- Attend the Virtual PAC3 retreat that will take place on January 15, 2021;
- Be able to attend the virtual PAC3 courses during the Spring 2021 Semesters on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dates for seminars in the spring are subject to change.
- Spring Seminar Dates: Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mar. 4, Mar. 11, Mar. 25, Apr. 1, Apr. 8, Apr. 15
- We are very excited about the potential for this program to further enhance GSU’s commitment to preparing you for living and working in a global society!
To submit an application to be a part of the 2021 PAC3 Cohort, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSUPAC3. The deadline for this application to be submitted is November 30, 2020.
“As a Political Science major with hopes of practicing civil and human rights law and working in state and national government, it is imperative that I understand the different cultures that all of our citizens represent. This program opened my eyes to the realm of diversity and demonstrated how to interact with different cultures. I was able to build meaningful relationships with every member of my cohort while motivating one another to complete the program and dig deeper than the set requirements to complete the program. I can confidently say that I have an in-depth knowledge of the term culture, what that means to me and my society as well as the future of our community.”
“I was able to take my cultural competency skillset into the classroom. Currently, I have a minor in Arabic. Studying a language that has no cultural ties to my personal identity demands cultural competency. I had to push myself to learn the language and experience in a way that was receptive and enlightening. Eventually, I took my studies abroad to the Middle East where I further exercised my cultural competency skillset in a region with remarkably different cultural norms than in the United States. As a result of preparation and experience in PAC3, my study abroad experience was fruitful as I was able to successfully engage with unique cultural differences and have successful conversations.”
– Kalif Robinson
“PAC3 is not a program I would’ve ever say myself doing before I did it. I didn’t look into the possible gains and takeaways until I spoke with a former PAC# participant who expressed the life-changing effect it had on them. However, this program has taught me so much about myself, the people around me, my everyday interactions, etc. This program is why I am going to graduate school for Student Affairs!”
– Ta’Keirra Butts
The Panther Ambassador for a Culturally Competent Campus is led by the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee in University Housing. The committee consists of professional staff members and graduate assistants from the department. This year, the committee is chaired by Ashley Brown, assistant director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Prithak Chowdhury, coordinator for Leadership & Civic Engagement.