In a time when the United States seems to be building walls and not bridges, making international students feel welcome is crucial to future diplomacy. As someone who lives in the Boston area, you are uniquely positioned to make this happen. Serving as a local ambassador is a low-lift time commitment that is perfect for recent (or not so recent graduates) who want to reconnect with HKS. Be paired with an incoming international student and show them local hospitality.
Minimum requirement: One meal with the student and some correspondence.
What does it entail?
Connect with a student to answer his/her questions before they arrive on campus (some may already be in town)
Within the first few weeks of arrival, invite the student to your home for dinner or meet for coffee, drinks or dinner
Keep in touch with the student throughout the school year with a check-in e-mail or call
Other ideas ways to welcome students: Meet up again in the spring semester; invite the student for Thanksgiving or other holidays, take the student sightseeing or to your favorite tourist spot, help students find furniture or other necessary resources; drive them to Ikea; send suggestions for events in the Boston area; welcome their families when they arrive for graduation
Deepen your connection to HKS
Help an international student get orientated to Boston and feel welcome
Get paired with someone with your career interests
Have kids? Great! Expose them to the international community and inspire them to someday enroll in HKS.
This is a wonderful community event that affirms the Kennedy School’s commitment to public service and if your schedule permits, we hope you will join in.