Join us in celebrating cultural diversity and connecting with friends from all over the world!

Welcome to Global Connections. We are a community-based, non-profit organization affiliated with the United Way of Centre County and the Pennsylvania State University. Our mission is to promote intercultural understanding and build an strong, inclusive community through service, education, advocacy and partnerships.

News and Events

Passport on a Plate 2017 Gala

Date and Time:  March 26, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: The Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

Global Connections’ flagship fundraiser, Passport on a Plate builds a culinary bridge between cultures. This year, Nittany Lion Inn Executive Chef Marissa Schaeffer will lead the creation of culinary delights from countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines.



International Children’s Festival

Date and Time: April 15, 2017, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Mount Nittany Middle School

Travel the world without boarding an airplane! Enjoy performances, activities, games, crafts, and more while gaining an appreciation of our community’s rich diversity.

World Stories and Food

Date and Time: TBD
Location: The Living Room at Foxdale Village, 500 E. Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801

Meet new friends and taste new foods at our monthly potluck gatherings. Bring a dish and a story to share.


Zimmerman Conversation Partners Group 2013 We offer a variety of programs throughout the academic year. These programs are both fun and purposeful, and they help people create and develop strong relationships that can last a lifetime.


DSC_1313_smallFormal events throughout the academic year include Cultural Luncheons, poetry readings, an international festival for children, a Women’s International Night, and an International Women’s Day celebration.


DSC_1244_small There are many ways you can support Global Connections and the work we do. We are always looking for great volunteers, and we appreciate both donations and sponsorships for the programs and events we offer.