b'You can help a student feel more comfortable in a new culture by being patient in communicating, enunciating and speaking slowly if clarification is needed, explaining different academic and social customs, and defining your role and expectations. Consider ways to include an international student in American customs and traditions such as Thanksgiving. As a faculty member, you can be part of the process that enables a student to integrate his or her cultural background and personal strengths for success. Written by Brendan OBrien, Director, International Students and Scholars OfficeGeneral Concerns121'