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Reflections on Intercultural Learning in Higher Education
DEI & Intercultural Learning in Higher Ed: An Inclusive, Holistic Approach Jul 14, 2021


This is the third post in a series exploring the relationship between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and intercultural learning in higher education. In May, I discussed the bifurcated approach higher education tends to take toward international and domestic diversity. Last month’s...

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DEI & Intercultural Learning in Higher Ed: Where Do We Go From Here? Jun 16, 2021


This is the second post in a multi-part series on the relationship between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and intercultural learning in higher education. Last month, I discussed the bifurcated approach higher education tends to take toward international and domestic diversity. In this...

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DEI & Intercultural Learning in Higher Ed: Why the Bifurcated Approach? May 11, 2021


Over the past year or two, I’ve noticed a significant increase in interest and discussion related to the relationship between intercultural (IC) learning/development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education. This post is the first in a series exploring this...

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Fostering Intercultural Learning with Limited Resources Apr 13, 2021


Lately, in my conversations with educators, I’ve noticed a theme—a growing tension.

On the one hand, this past year has drastically increased understanding that we need to more intentionally foster intercultural learning in all areas of higher education, not just through education...

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One Year In: Reflecting on COVID’s Impact on Intercultural Learning Mar 09, 2021


We are officially one year into this pandemic. It’s been a challenging year, no doubt. But as any good interculturalist knows, challenges also offer opportunities for learning and growth.

In this blog post, I’m reflecting back on how this year has impacted the area of intercultural...

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How True North Intercultural Began Feb 09, 2021


February 2021 marks the five-year anniversary of True North Intercultural. I am often asked about my career path and what led me to start this company. It occurred to me that, while I have shared bits and pieces, nowhere have I fully explained in writing how or why I founded this company. This...

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Three Tips for Getting Intentional about Intercultural Learning in 2021 Jan 12, 2021


This past year—and the first few weeks of 2021—have made it abundantly clear just how deeply divided our society is. It’s more evident than ever that just being in the vicinity of people from different backgrounds, cultures, or walks of life—whether on campus, in our...

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Best Intercultural Resources of 2020 Dec 08, 2020


We made it to the final month of this crazy year! I must admit, in my house, COVID + Minnesota + winter has meant an increase in Netflix consumption. In addition to enjoying the latest season of The Crown, my family has also been watching the docuseries The Royal House of Windsor ...

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New Online Course: Navigating Cultural Differences! Nov 09, 2020


I’m very excited to announce the launch of a new True North Intercultural offering—one that’s been well over a year in the making! Navigating Cultural Differences is a self-paced online course for higher education faculty and staff who want to develop their intercultural...

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Why are we not talking about this?! Oct 13, 2020


On September 22nd, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” Known as Executive Order 13950, it basically says that diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings that discuss topics such as systemic racism—or that suggest that...

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Brené Brown, the Messy Middle & Intercultural Learning Sep 15, 2020


September. The start of a new academic year. I usually love this time of year. It’s a time for planning. Possibilities. Newness. (Not to mention the fact my kids go back to school.)

But this year is different.

I’m feeling a mix of emotions:  Anxiety that dropping temperatures in...

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Intercultural Terms & What Matters More Aug 18, 2020


I’ve recently received a number of questions from people about why I use the intercultural terms I use as opposed to others. These questions and the ensuing conversations suggest to me that there is often more focus in higher education on the intercultural terms used than on what it is...

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