The UNC Spouses and Partners Group is an organization that welcomes spouses and partners of all international students, scholars and other affiliates. The group meets every Friday at 10 a.m. on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center.
The group enjoys food together, exchanges experiences about coping with American culture and shares different cultures in its weekly meetings.
Lola Tasar, a social work intern at International Student and Scholar Services, created the group and established it four weeks ago.
Tasar said she hopes the group fosters a sense of belonging for international spouses and partners.
She said once the group reaches a certain number of members, she wants to add activities such as cooking classes, hiking classes and reading clubs.
“This is my goal ... to help them and other people share resources and meet outside the group,” she said.
Elizabeth Barnum, director of International Student and Scholar Services, said the group was established to help form close relationships between the local community and international spouses or partners.
“What we found is that, many times, the accompanying spouses or partners may need some assistance to (connect) with friends and communities so that they are aware of various resources that might be available,” she said.