Wilkes University


Become a Conversation Partner

The IEP conversation partner program provides Wilkes University students, faculty and staff the opportunity to get to know someone from another country. It offers the opportunity to learn about another culture and to help an international student learn about the American culture and practice their English.

The conversation partners determine the time and location of their meetings. Students are expected to meet in public places anywhere on campus or in Wilkes-Barre to go to cultural, athletic or other events.  

Some suggested activities:

  • Meet for coffee.
  • Eat lunch on campus together.
  • Ask your partner to teach you to cook some of his/her native food.
  • Invite your partner to join you and your friends for an activity.
  • Go to a Wilkes sporting event.

This is a great way to expand your cultural awareness, put some valuable intercultural experience on your resume and have fun while enjoying getting to know someone from another country. Contact Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda kimberly.niezgoda@wilkes.edu to sign up, or stop by room 203 in Conyngham Hall for more information.