One of the numerous clubs of Chabot College is the international club. The club was formed in 2004 with the aim of bringing students together to socialize and also educate themselves.
English is the main language used to communicate and its membership cuts across all registered students, members of the associated students of the college and newly arrived students.
Since the establishment of the international club, it has kept to its aim of providing an atmosphere worthy enough for socialisation. The club provides a social network for newly arrived students to make friends and gain support from students who have already become acclimated to the American culture or are Americans. By holding events on the campus that highlight their cultures, it allows an exchange of cultural understanding.
According to the clubs adviser Doly Balangitao, the club officially organizes two large events per year as well as participate in the biannual club rash events. During this event a movie produced in the selected country is televised in the native language of the country with English subtitles for participants to have a feel of what the country is in pictures and what it has to offer in terms of arts and humanities, the dinner will include food from that country. Posters depicting facts about that country is also showcased at the event.
Since the club’s inception there have been some challenges but the clubs adviser Doly noted that ”for a club to be successful it requires strong leadership and inspiration through it club officers. There were few years where the club was dormant as there were no students willing to serve as officers.
Students have been made aware that leadership skills held by a former club president helped a former student get into UC Berkley. This club has not been dormant since”. The club now has a web page to it credit . This site displays information about the club and systematically tutor its visitors on how to join the club and also it has an option available for members to stay in touch. Bloggers can also blog on the web page of the club.
The webpage archives various pictures of the colorful activities they have had in the past at the international movie nights, such as; Mogol from Mongolia, Hotel Rwanda from Rwanda.
Members can also follow on twitter and also get in touch with the President YiMiao(email) on email@example.com or facebook.
Aside this the club has a news letter which features articles on various life challenging issues ,information on transfers, telephone numbers of the officers in charge of the international students program and many others. The newsletter is also accessible on the internet.
Club members and executives meet regularly on Thursdays from noon to 1pm at building 800 room 856 to plan, discuss club activities as well as socialize.
Potential member can reach the club on the official Chabot College website-chabotcollege.edu/international/newsletter or meet them in person in the building 800 room 856 every Thursday noon.