Beyond Dependence: F-2 Spouses Support Space

Workshop Series, Fall 2021

Moving to a new country is a lot, even with the company of significant others. The Counseling and Wellness Center is here to support you. In these sessions, we will discuss important topics for F-2 spouses (e.g., relationships and cross-cultural adjustment). Additionally, come meet other F-2 spouses and have some fun together through playing games and having potluck. This is a safe place to share your experiences and to find a sense of community. Your wellness matters! Snacks will be provided.

Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: Maguire Village Commons

9/7 – Session 1: Welcome & Cross-Cultural Adjustment
Navigating a new culture and living environment could be challenging. Sometimes, we don’t even know where to find resources. This is a discussion-based session to talk about successes and challenges in the journey of adjusting to another culture.

9/21 – Session 2: Marriage & Relationships
Being a spouse of an international student can change your lifestyle and impact your relationships with your partner. We will focus on understanding these changes and exploring ways to navigate the new relationship dynamics.

10/5 – Session 3: Game Day
Let’s have fun together! We have several board games in our collections up for you to pick.

10/19 – Session 4: Challenges of Communicating in English
Communicating with people in a non-native language can be nerve-racking. We will talk about difficulties around communicating in English, identify resources, and learn from each others’ experiences.

11/2 – Session 5: Self-Care
Self-care can be challenging when you are navigating multiple things at the same time. Sometimes we forget how important it is for us to spend time with ourselves. This session will center around strategies for self-care and self-compassion.

11/16 – Session 6: Potluck
Bring one dish or snacks to share! We encourage you to share the taste of your favorite food with us or just simply come to enjoy the time together.

Facilitators: Dr. Shu-Yi Wang, Dr. Sunie Kim & Pao-Yin Huang

We welcome both incoming F-2 spouses and F-2 spouses who have already arrived in Gainesville.
This is a safe place to share your experiences and to find a sense of community. Your wellness matters!

Email Shui-Yi Wang to Register – shuyiwang@ufl.edu

Sponsored by Graduate and Family Housing, CWC, and UFGIFT


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