CSSN: Together, We Can Make It, and Better!


The Chinese Student Support Network (CSSN), affiliated with Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), is a support program for Chinese international students at the University of Pennsylvania. The CSSN aims to provide a comfortable, relaxing and safe space for all Chinese international students at Penn to talk about their concerns, share success, and support each other in their intellectual and professional development in the American academic and social life. A series of innovative workshops concerning networking strategies, mental wellness, spiritual talk, cultural pride, racism etc., will be held throughout each semester.

Mission Statement:

The CSSN aims to provide a comfortable, relaxing and safe space for all Chinese international students at Penn to talk about their concerns, share success, and support each other in their intellectual and professional development in the American academic and social life.

Past Events:

1. Chinese Student Support Network (CSSN)�Welcome and Opening Session // Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Welcome and Opening Session will welcome and invite all Chinese international students to come and share your advice for this new program. Snacks will be provided.

2. CSSN session one:  “Workshop: Networking Strategies” // Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hope to expand your professional network? Wish to learn effective networking strategies?

Don’t miss our networking strategies session facilitated by Ms. Xiumei Long on Febuary 7, 2013 from 2pm to 3pm at the Greenfield Intercultural Center(3708 Chestnut Street). Ms. Long, a 2011 Higher Education alum from GSE, has three years’ experience working in Penn administration, plus teaching Penn undergraduates for a semester. In this session, Ms. Long will talk about how she utilized LinkedIn and informational interviews to expand her connections to people inside and outside of her network. She will also share how she maintains quality relationships with old and new connections!

3. CSSN session two: “Workshop: Small Talk” // Thursday, February 21, 2013

Did you ever struggle with your socializing skills? Don’t know how to start a conversation and how to keep the conversation going?

Come and join us for a “Small Talk in Formal and Informal Settings” workshop facilitated by Dr. Ann Tiao.

Dr. Tiao has been teaching at GSE for 10 years and has recently taught Diversity in Higher Education and Contemporary Issues in Higher Education. She has worked in numerous fields including high-tech, engineering, statistics, and higher education. As a second generation Asian American, she has studied and researched issues concerning Asian Americans in higher education and understands both professionally and personally the challenges faced by immigrants and international students in the U.S.