Urbana 15 International Lounge

Hosted by the International Students Track at Urbana 15, the International Lounge is a place to relax, grab a cup of tea and international snack, and chat with other like-minded people about life as an international student, cross cultural ministry, or cultural differences in mission. All participants with an interest in international ministry are welcome!

Location

Hyatt Regency at the Arch

(Hyatt is pink/purple circle 10 on the hotel map in the Urbana 15 App or in the Handbook on page 10.)
2nd Floor lobby area just outside the Regency Ballrooms (a JPG map of the 2nd floor is above)

Time

Dec 27 1:00 PM-5:30 PM
Dec 28 1:00 PM-5:30 PM
Dec 29 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dec 30 1:00 PM-5:30 PM
Dec 31 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Note: we need to close early on Dec. 29 and 31
Those staying in the Hyatt can also join us for an hour each night immediately after Country & Regional Prayer Groups.

Program

There will be informal discussions taking place Dec 28-30 and a special networking event Dec 31.

DEC 28, 2-3 PM

Sharing Your Faith Journey With Family, Sterling 6 (Hyatt 2nd floor)

God has placed you in your family for a unique purpose. Sharing faith with our non-believing families can be exciting and also difficult.

Cross-Cultural Dating and Marriage, Sterling 5 (Hyatt 2nd floor)

Dating or thinking to date someone from a different cultural background? Come hear from a panel of bi-cultural married couples about their dating and marriage experiences.
 

DEC 29 2-3 PM

Leading as an International Student on Campus, Sterling 6 (Hyatt 2nd floor)

Leadership has different meanings and styles around the world. Regardless, God has given you talents and time. How might He be calling you to use these to influence your campus? What unique gifts does your cultural background offer?

Being a Third Culture Kid, Sterling 5 (Hyatt 2nd floor)

If you grew up in a cultural context different from your parent's culture(s) of origin, you're a Third Culture Kid (TCK), and now a Third Culture Adult. Join a community of other TCKs as we discuss our unique challenges and opportunities as we engage in God's global mission!

DEC 29 3:30-5 PM

During the afternoon of Dec 29 the lounge will be part of the International Student Track programming. Participants in the IST will be using the lounge for one of the breakout sessions by career field as they discuss ways to practically develop mission after Urbana 15. The Lounge will not be open for general use during this time.
 

DEC 30 2-3 PM

Radical Hospitality as a Lifestyle, Sterling 6 (Hyatt 2nd floor)

Opening our lives, houses, and schedules can have a profound impact on our international friends. Come discuss the Biblical basis, challenges, and tips for hospitality in the university world.

Cross-Cultural Dating and Marriage, Sterling 5 (Hyatt 2nd floor)

Dating or thinking to date someone from a different cultural background? Come hear from a panel of bi-cultural married couples about their dating and marriage experiences.

DEC 30 11 PM - Midnight

Study Abroad Night (Back of the International Lounge)

Find out more about InterVarsity's Study Abroad ministry and internationals in North America can connect with students considering studying in their countries. If you are not staying in the Hyatt hotel where this is taking place, do not walk alone outside to or from this event.
 

DEC 31 2-5 PM

Networking Day, America's Center room 221

What's next after you made specific commitments and put them down in writing on your card this morning?  Networking Day will help you process, clarify God’s direction and make specific plans for God’s work in and through you long after Urbana. Stop by anytime to join informal discussions with practitioners and other participants with similar interests and callings. Leave this time with one vision, one partner, and one next step! Visit tiny.cc/ist-next to share or find more resources.

Campus Witness & Planting – Have a vision to plant an international student ministry (ISM) chapter or small group on your campus?  Staff will help you brainstorm next steps.

Global Witness & IFES – Returning home or moving overseas and wanting to build a thriving Christian community? Network with IFES and other ministry staff from regions around the world.

Academic Vocations – As a graduate student, scholar, or faculty, you have a strategic opportunity to impact your department and discipline.  Meet with ministry staff and faculty!

Marketplace – Most of us will be ministers in our workplace. Talk with internationals who are already bringing Jesus’ love into their work and to their coworkers.

Need Direction? – Staff are available to listen and help you discern next steps as you contemplate your future. No appointment needed.

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