Conversation Center

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Location: Various locations
Contact: Benjamin Hassman
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About Conversation Center

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We aspire to improve student life at the University of Iowa by encouraging American and international students to engage with each other in productive conversations in which they broaden their communication skills and understanding of differing cultural perspectives. As both international and domestic students practice their communication skills at the Conversation Center, they connect their larger communities and encourage a richer exchange of culture on campus. We firmly believe the University of Iowa can create a more welcoming environment for international students and benefit from the diversity on campus.

A Peer-Up Center supporting Informal and Intercultural Communication Skills

By Undergrads, For Undergrads (& Grad Students [& Faculty {&Staff}])

A hub for undergrad leadership (IC Leaders, Peer Mentors, etc.)

What to Expect:

The Conversation Center helps undergraduate students develop intercultural awareness and communication skills. Through programming such as the Intercultural Social Hour (ISH) and our Conversation Pairing Program (CPP), undergraduate students build confidence and cultural fluency with the English language and other cultures by engaging in informal, “low-stakes” verbal interactions. The CPP, our primary program, is Weekly One-on One Conversations staffed by undergraduates from the service-learning course RHET 2090: Conversation Practicum (available to Confident English-Speaking International Students).

The Conversation Center is open in the summer starting June 11th.  They offer free, one-on-one conversations with Iowa Undergraduates Monday-Friday in the Main Library.  To make an appointment go to:



Rhetoric  Help  Conversation  English Language Learners  ELL  Communication Skills  Intercultural Communication Skills  Leadership  Verbal Communication Skills 

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