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Reflections on Intercultural Learning in Higher Education
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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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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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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Crisis as Opportunity: A Paradigm Shift for Intercultural Learning? Jul 15, 2020


It seems uncertainty is the new norm. In many ways, this is incredibly scary. But it also presents opportunity.

Author Arundhati Roy recently wrote, “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a...

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Tips for Fostering Intercultural Learning during COVID-19 May 11, 2020


We are all living with a lot of uncertainty right now. International educators are not only dealing with uncertainty in their own lives, but also in the lives of their students. Will students be able to travel abroad in the fall? Will programs need to be shortened? Start dates delayed? Will...

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COVID-19 and the Future of Intercultural Learning in Higher Education Apr 09, 2020


A lot has happened in the world since I wrote my last blog post a month ago, when most colleges and universities were just beginning to consider how to respond to the spreading Coronavirus. Now, most schools have moved instruction and services online. Study abroad programs have been cancelled and...

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2019: A Year of Purposeful Experimentation Jan 07, 2020


2019 was a year of purposeful experimentation at True North Intercultural.

I started this company in 2016, providing intercultural consulting and training services to institutions of higher education. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what’s most effective in helping...

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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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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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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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Challenges & Practical Realities of Assessing Intercultural Learning Jan 21, 2018
In November I facilitated a webinar entitled, “Assessing Intercultural Learning: Beyond Assessment Tools.” Due to the high interest in and positive reception of that session, I decided to also write a blog post on the topic.

In this post, I discuss some of the challenges involved in...
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