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International Students Build Bridges with Food

SFU international students gathered on Jan. 19 to cook a big meal together and make new friends.

The Community Cooking Workshop, one of a series organized by Peer Health Educators, an SFU student volunteer group,  aims to inspire collaboration and meaningful social connection among participants.

“Food is a wonderful tool for transcending cultural barriers,” says Crystal Hutchinson, an SFU Health and Counselling health promotion specialist. 

She says international students, who are far from home and may experience language barriers among their peers, can feel stressed and isolated.

“These workshops are a vehicle for fostering a supportive and connected community for international students at SFU. We have observed students meeting new people, exchanging contact information and building friendships and skills that extend beyond the workshops.”

The Peer Health Educators hold activites across all three campuses that relate to sexual health, de-stressing, sexual education, and helping students build social skills.