Welcome to Global Connections, the heart of intercultural connections in Centre County and beyond. No matter where you are from, or what native language you speak, you are welcome here. Explore our website for resources to help internationals transition, integrate, and succeed, opportunities to share, experience, and immerse in diverse cultures, and the chance to connect with friends from all over the world.

Global Connections, cultivating interpersonal relationships and building bridges across cultures, one connection at a time. Join us as a volunteer for the following programs and events.

 

GC highlight: Kiyomi Masamune uses the education as a way to transform the world 

This gentle yet influential woman has found in education the opportunity to contribute to society and transform the world we live in. We recently spoke with Kiyomi Masamune, a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University, about her long experience living abroad. Kiyomi is...

2022 Multicultural Unity Fair

After taking a break from activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cultural Corner’s Committee will be back. The sub-Committee of the Community Diversity Group, and the Borough of State College will hold the fair this year on September 17, from 12pm to 4pm at...

Meet friends and neighbors at LION Bash

Join us for LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Bash on September 8th, from 5pm to 8pm, for the annual block party that strives to create a community for both long-term and short-term residents in the Borough of State College. This event provides an educational...

Summer Welcome Back Hawaiian Luau Family Picnic

Our next in-person meeting is just around the corner. You are our special guest for the Global Connections Summer Welcome Back Hawaiian Luau Family Picnic. The celebration will happen at Tudek Park, from 5 pm to 7 pm, on Sunday, September 18th. The Luau is free to all...

Global Connections International Women’s Book Group returns to in person meetings

We welcome new members to join GC International Women's Book Group. The meetings this fall will be in-person. We look forward to making new friends and engaging in lively discussions! The group members are active participants in discussions and in book selections. We...

From midwife to a professional artist: know Andrea Silva Urzua Global Connections member

In this life we should not be limited to other people's expectations. We should always have the right to expand. The chance to be better, and bigger. To be whoever we want and, especially, someone who makes the difference wherever we go. Andrea Silva is exactly like...

Thank you for making the difference

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Global Connections during the Centre Gives campaign. This was our first involvement in this activity of the Centre Foundation. In the two days of this big giving event, 22 people made donations totaling $845. In addition, GC...

Cultural luncheon shows Brazil

Good food, good music, and good conversation. This was the recipe for the successful Brazilian luncheon. The event promoted by Global Connections got around 30 people from different nationalities together, on May 5th, at Saint Andrews Church. The cultural luncheons...

Qian Zhang tells about her path in the USA

There is a famous quote by Pliny the Elder that says: “home is where the heart is”. Qian Zhang can prove it. Born in Wuhan, China, she crossed the world to study in the USA ten years ago. Now she is a successful young woman living in State College. Qian came to the...

New beginnings for Sabrina and Maryam

Sabrina Lima and Maryam Barzegar, who also serve on the Executive Committee, are moving away from State College. Maryam will move to New York, where her husband has been awarded a post doc position at Columbia University. Sabrina is going to Nashville, where her...

If you are looking to extend your palate and enrich your cultural understanding, come to our cultural luncheons.

Join our conversation group called Making Sense of the American Culture.

Click here and learn how to become a member of Global Connections.

Click here to visit the program webpage for a detailed class schedule.