Penngagement International Experience Series (PIE Series)
Enhancing Well-Being and Success in the US
Penngagement International Experience (PIE) Series is a year-round prevention and outreach program tailored for international students and those who have international experiences or are interested in international students’ experiences. It intends to provide these students with a welcoming and supportive platform where they can:
- Become familiar with campus resources
- Interact and develop a relationship with fellow students, staff, and administrators
- Learn important information and develop useful skills leading to success
- Experience a sense of belonging and community.
Discuss important topics, make connections, and enjoy free food!
All sessions take place at Perry World House (3803 Locust Walk)
Networking and Interview Strategies (Career Services)
Jan. 19: 3pm-4:30pm
Oops! Avoiding Social Mistakes in the U.S. (ISSS)
Feb. 2: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Navigating Interpersonal Relationships in the U.S. (Penn Women’s Center)
Feb. 16: 3pm-4:30pm
Join us for a student panel and discussion about how to navigate relationships in the United States! The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring student leaders on campus who will discuss their experiences learning about and providing education around dating and relationships norms here on campus. Following the panel, students will have a chance to discuss with one another any questions or ideas they have about beginning to navigate relationships during their time in the United States.
LGBTQ in America: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (LGBT Center)
Mar. 16: 3pm-4:30pm
What do LGBTQ issues look like in the U.S.? What is it like being LGBTQ and an international student at Penn? How can you be an ally? Join us for an interactive conversation around these issues and more.
Religion and Spirituality Diversity (Office of the Chaplain, Student Groups)
April 6: 3pm-4:30pm
End-of-Year Celebration: Food, Fun, and Friends (CAPS, ISSS, GAPSA, AIS)
Apr. 16: 12 - 1:30pm
Join the Penn community in celebrating its diverse and global campus with lots of dessert pies and pizza! We want all to know that Penn is an inclusive university that is stronger in its diversity. Take the time to enjoy food and friends before the end of the semester
The Penngagement Team
Yuhong He - Dr. Yuhong He is an International Specialist and a Psychologist at Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She was born and grew up in China. She came to the U.S. to pursue advanced training in counseling psychology and thus has personal experiences of adjusting to U.S. culture and education system. She has worked extensively with international students through career counseling, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, mentoring, teaching, and research for over 10 years. At Penn, she is in charge of outreach and prevention programs to maintain and improve international students’ mental wellness at CAPS. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hakka.
Rodolfo “Rudie” Altamirano - Dr. Altamirano is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Pennsylvania. His main responsibility is to provide overall leadership in determining and implementing organizational and campus-wide strategies including the delivery of quality services and programs to international students, scholars, faculty, staff, exchange visitors and community members. Dr. Altamirano has a doctoral degree in International Resource Development with a major in Cross-Cultural Communication. With the support of a high performing ISSS team, he has spearheaded high-level strategic initiatives for ISSS that resulted in streamlined business processes and efficient operations. He designed conceptualized, implemented, facilitated and coordinated very successful cross-cultural and academic programs. He has presented and conducted more than 300 immigration, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution workshops, nationally and internationally, and has won accolades and awards for his presentations, including back to back “Best of Conference” Presentations.
Ryan Villanueva - Ryan Villanueva is the Program Coordinator for International Student and Scholar Services. Ryan develops and implements programs to help international students adjust to their new environment and succeed in and out of the classroom at Penn. Ryan’s global travels have taken him from the southern tip of Chile to the western province of China. He enjoys the exchanging of perspectives and ideas across cultures and is dedicated to assisting to students integrate into the Penn community and experience what Penn and Philadelphia have to offer. Ryan received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from James Madison University and a bachelor’s in Spanish Language from Virginia Commonwealth University. He studied abroad in China in 2007.
Effective planning and time management
Interpersonal conflicts and resolution
- Job/internship search
- Stress management
- Managing procrastination
- End of semester Happy Hour
- Getting started at Penn: Adjustment and Culture Shock
- Making friends with Americans at Penn
- Living away from home: Healthy coping and managing family's expectations
- Managing relationships with advisors / professors / supervisors
- Career development and job/internship search
- Wellness: What every international student should know
- Sex, romantic relationships and dating
CAPS offers free, confidential, professional mental health services to Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Our goal is to help students adjust to University life and support them in connecting to Penn’s academic and social environment. Our culturally-affirming staff works with students across many issues, including, but not limited to: making cross-cultural transitions, coping with academic stress and relationship difficulties, clarifying career interests and making career decisions, exploring sexuality and gender identity, and managing anxiety and depression. At CAPS, students can learn to address personal problems and situational crises effectively, develop self-awareness, personal responsibility, and skills for life-long learning. We are located at 3624 Market Street, open from 9-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and 9-7pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays.