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Reflections on Intercultural Learning in Higher Education
Recap of the CILMAR Intercultural Learning Leadership Retreat Oct 14, 2019

Above (from top left, clockwise): Darla Deardorff, Kris Acheson-Clair, Dawn Whitehead, Hazel Symonette, Mick Vande Berg, Terrrence Harewood, Beth Zemsky, Leigh Stanfield, Amer Ahmed, my empty chair, Chuck Calahan. Also present, but not pictured: Annette Benson, Allan Bird, Chris Cartwright,...

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The Trouble With Conferences Sep 10, 2019


As the academic year begins for most of us, I want to ask: what are your professional development plans for the year?

And what is your institution doing this year to build intercultural capacity among faculty and staff, those who are most responsible for shaping the experience students have at...

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Case Study: One Professor’s Intercultural Learning & Teaching Journey Aug 06, 2019

Above: Professor Kelly Jameson (back row in white, holding the child in green) and fellow faculty, staff, and their families in Alnwick, England, where she recently led a nine-week study abroad program (and lived in this castle!).


In this post, I’m interviewing Kelly Jameson, Professor of...

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Leaning into our Learning Edge During Intercultural Experiences Jul 08, 2019

Above: My kids, learning (in Spanish) the basics of how to scuba dive.


At the beginning of summer, my spouse and two kids and I typically spend several weeks in Spain, where my spouse’s whole family lives. During our recent trip, I was reminded of the importance of finding and embracing our...

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Increasing Buy-In for Intercultural Learning Jun 04, 2019

 

Recently, I sent out a survey to my audience to find out what your burning questions are around intercultural learning. One theme that I saw come up over and over in the responses is an issue around getting buy-in, both from students as well as from faculty, staff, and administrators. The...

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The Art of Debriefing for Intercultural Learning May 13, 2019


In last month’s blog post, I shared some of my favorite resources for intercultural learning activities. This month, I’m following up with a discussion about the importance of effectively debriefing those activities and other intercultural learning experiences. Because the...

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My Go-To Resources for Intercultural Learning Activities Apr 17, 2019

Whenever I conduct train-the-trainer workshops with educators—whether on campus or through my online program, Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching—I almost always have multiple people ask something like this:  “These are great activities you’ve done...

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What Does Intercultural Competence Have To Do With Entrepreneurship? Mar 05, 2019

Last month marked the three-year anniversary of me leaving my stable, full-time job to start True North Intercultural. Reflecting on the journey so far, I’ve noticed a striking number of parallels between intercultural learning and entrepreneurship. I’ve realized that the work...

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Four Easy Activities for Developing Values Awareness & Intercultural Competence Jan 29, 2019

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about values. Earlier this month, my spouse left a high-paying job with no idea what his next step will be. In fact, the same day he left his company, he also left the country for the rest of the month.

The reason he left is because he’d realized he was...

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Making Connections: Intercultural Learning & Universal Design for Learning Dec 14, 2018

One of the things I enjoy most about my work—especially about facilitating the ten-week online Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching program—is that I get to develop relationships with amazing educators, help them explore connections between their own work and...

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Remembering Dr. Michael Paige Nov 20, 2018

Above: At my Ph.D. commencement in 2013 with advisor, Dr. Michael Paige, and my daughter (who I was pregnant with when I first started the program).

 

The field of intercultural education lost one of its founders—and I along with many, many others lost a wonderful mentor and...

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From the Margins to the Center: The Shifting Role of Intercultural Development in a Polarizing Society Oct 23, 2018

Are you feeling frustrated, dismayed, disillusioned, angry, sad, or powerless about the current state of the world? If so, you’re certainly not alone. But my experience at two conferences recently gives me hope and makes me believe we may actually be able to play a part in turning the...

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