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Global Gopher Events

Schedule for All Global Gopher Events

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Global Gopher

During Global Gopher Events, we want you to meet other international students, connect with campus resources, and learn how to succeed academically and personally at UMN.

Below is the schedule of events that will be happening throughout Global Gopher Events.

All sessions are 8:00-9:30 a.m. Central Time.
Register individually for each event you wish to attend.

The Global Gopher Events schedule includes 5 exciting workshops and events just for new international undergraduate students during your Weeks of Welcome events! You can register through the links below or Weeks of Welcome Canvas site! Registration will open soon for the later sessions.

  • August 5: Global Gopher Events Kickoff with a virtual student panel welcoming you and giving you tips on how to enjoy Weeks of Welcome and small group discussions. This event is prior to the start of Weeks of Welcome. 
  • August 12: How to be a Leader at the University of Minnesota with advice from current students, and find out additional leadership opportunities and programming, as well as small group discussions.
  • August 19: How to Be a Successful Student Using University of Minnesota Resources panel with current academic resources providing you with tips on how to best use them during the Fall semester.
  • August 26: Join us at Diversity and Equity in the U.S. for a lively discussion on diversity in the United States, and learn more about what is happening in Minnesota. Students from the following backgrounds and identities will be invited to meet other peers virtually: LGBTQIA students, Muslim students, Black identifying International students and Latinx students. Register Now!
    • MCAE (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence) will be hosting a “Finding your People Panel” the following day (for more details, check your Weeks of Welcome Schedule)
  • September 2: Come to the Global Gopher Virtual Send Off (ISSS Open House)! Celebrate as you are about to start the Fall semester by meeting the lovely ISSS staff, and connect one more time with our Global Gopher Student Leadership team! Register now!

Important things to remember about Weeks of Welcome (WoW): 

  • GGE will start on August 5, one week prior to Weeks of Welcome and go through September 7. Fall classes will start on Tuesday, September 8. Weeks of Welcome will start on August 10, and it will have mainly virtual content that is designed to help you have a successful start to your time here at the university. 
  • Each Monday, new freshmen will meet with their small group led by a Welcome Week Leader. Transfer students have the option to join a small group led by a Transfer Student Leader. These meetings will be a space to start meeting people and learn about what else is happening that week.  
  • There will be an opportunity to earn digital badges for completing certain activities. Earning these badges will mean you will be entered into a BIG give-away once the fall semester begins (more on this in the coming weeks).