"The balance of instruction and activity was really nice. I felt like I was learning or re-learning all day and challenged at just the right level. I appreciate your willingness to engage with all of the participants' questions, even the tough ones. It speaks highly of your professionalism and thorough knowledge on this subject. Thanks!"
- Faculty, Augsburg College (anonymous response on workshop evaluation)
"Like many universities, we aspire to offer intercultural learning and training opportunities to faculty and staff, especially to support the goals of our new strategic plan. Tara designed and customized an accessible training program that provided self-reflection, enough theory and specific strategies to demonstrate its value and immediate impact. In fact, most faculty reported they used their new knowledge in their diverse classrooms in the following week."
- Sarah E. Spencer, Director, Office of Study Abroad, University of St. Thomas
“I met Tara when I assumed the position of Resident Director of a study abroad program and began to teach a course on intercultural communication and competencies. After taking the IDI and realizing that my intercultural skills and abilities were somewhat less than I had hoped/imagined them to be, I met with Tara regularly to discuss progress and challenges. At first I was hesitant/defensive and doubted the process. I felt like an “intercultural cavewoman” of sorts. However, working with Tara through the one-on-one sessions helped me better identify my strengths and gave me concrete suggestions and strategies for where I needed to grow as an interculturalist, administrator, educator, and as the human being I strive to be. These strategies and suggestions WORKED! Tara provided invaluable support and counsel during challenging moments with students and staff alike. I can honestly say that these sessions were life changing and provided an important foundation upon which I have continued to build and explore intercultural development through additional training opportunities.”
- Beth West, Resident Director, CIEE Study Center in Guanajuato, Mexico
"I was pretty much a blank slate as far as knowing anything about the practice of intercultural development before the [week-long faculty development seminar] last June, and I was deeply impressed by your approach and knowledge. You were completely non-judgmental in your interactions with all of us (...). Your gentle manner of leading me through my own [intercultural] assessment as well as your patience in explanations during the class were examples of the best in teaching and leadership.
During the past fall semester, I conducted pre-travel orientation session for our students and incorporated intercultural development topics – something I would not have known to do nor would I have known how to do before the [seminar]. The students responded well to the discussions."
- Sarah Beth Mallory, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Professor of Biology, LaGrange College
“My experience with Tara in the faculty program in Madrid in 2015 was truly exceptional. She (...) made the training program highly educational, rewarding, and enjoyable; what more could one ask of a training program! As an organizer, teacher, listener, facilitator, she is top-notch. I would enroll in another program with her with no hesitation!” - Chris Bjornsen, Ph.D., Director, International Studies Program, Longwood University
“Thank you for a wonderful experience. I feel I learned exactly what I needed to put theory into practice.”
- Kara F. Medeiros, Ph.D., Professor, Worcester State University
“Tara has a very unique way of explaining the most complex topics so that anyone at any level of intercultural development can understand.”
- Jennifer Gutierrez, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Wofford College
“Thank you for your work with us last summer. I’ve told EVERYONE how great it was and I look forward to taking my first group of students to Barcelona this summer!” - Laurie Bridges, Associate Professor, Oregon State University
"I attended an intercultural training session put on by Tara Harvey and was so impressed at how well she organized the seminar. Academics can be a little feisty and she did an excellent job of walking the fine line between letting divergent opinions be heard and reigning in attitudes and comments that would distract from the educational objectives. The activities she chose were intellectually engaging and educationally purposeful. In addition, the learning games helped those in attendance to become lifelong friends. At the end of the week, I felt like I had an arsenal of tools in my intercultural tool belt as well as the expertise to use them well." - Lynn Meade, Ed.D., Instructor, University of Arkansas
“I first met Tara as a fellow participant in a Personal Leadership training program in 2008; since then, we've had the opportunity to connect on a number of occasions both personally and professionally. I truly appreciate Tara's intellectual insights within the international education arena as well as her passion for helping people develop their capacity for deeper understanding and successful interactions across cultural difference. She excels at conveying complex subject matter while easily weaving concrete, practical application exercises into her training programs, all the while offering just the right amount of challenge and support for learners. As a person, she is compassionate and the first to walk her talk - she applies what she teaches in her own life and always looks for ways to expand her own skill-set in service to the students, colleagues and organizations with whom she works. I admire Tara greatly and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone interested in developing greater intercultural competence.”
- Tina Kirk, Student Success Advisor, University of Central Oklahoma
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