Want to build intercultural competence at your college, university, or higher education organization?
Tell me if this sounds familiar...
Your institution has a mission statement, vision, or strategic plan that refers to something such as cultural or intercultural competence, global citizenship, cultural humility, internationalization, or similar, but it’s unclear how exactly that goal will be accomplished (it might even be unclear just exactly what that means).
Or maybe it is clear: the focus is on sending more students abroad and/or recruiting a more diverse student body.
But YOU know that’s not enough. Simply bringing people into contact with cultural difference is not going to magically make this a more inclusive, equitable world.
You know the institution needs to do more and you’d like to help lead the way. But you also know you can’t do it alone.
You recognize that producing more interculturally competent students starts by building intercultural capacity among the faculty and staff. But how do you do that?!
If this sounds familiar, True North Intercultural can help.
Partner with True North Intercultural to build intercultural capacity on your campus in a sustainable way.
I’ll work with you to design and facilitate a customized professional development program for faculty and/or professional staff at your institution.
All programs focus on developing educators’ own intercultural competence, as this is at the heart of becoming more inclusive educators.
More advanced programs also help participants develop their capacity to integrate intercultural learning into their work as educators—to design intercultural curricula and effectively facilitate intercultural learning (among students or other faculty/staff).
Professional development programs typically include one or more of the following components, depending upon your goals and budget:
Live workshops (half-, full-, or multi-day) are a great way to help educators at your institution better understand what intercultural learning and teaching entails, so that they can approach their work more inclusively and begin thinking about how to integrate intercultural learning into their work.
Our two online programs offer flexible learning options for busy educators interested in intercultural learning and teaching. Both programs are accessible to individual educators, and also offer group options (at discounted rates) for institutions. (Scroll down for more information about online programs.)
IDI Assessment & Debriefing
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is one of the most widely-used tools for assessing and developing intercultural competence at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Programs may include the IDI, along with group and/or individual debriefs, to help educators identify their intercultural strengths, challenges, and developmental opportunities.
Individual and small group coaching provides ongoing support to educators as they work on developing their intercultural competence and integrating intercultural learning into their courses, programs, or other work.
Building intercultural capacity at your institution can help you...
Attract and retain amazing faculty and staff who can effectively and appropriately support a diverse study body.
Help faculty and staff integrate intercultural learning or a global perspective into their teaching/work.
Foster a more inclusive climate, increasing your ability to recruit and retain a diverse student body.
Improve the intercultural learning experiences that you offer (at home and abroad) and outcomes for all involved.
Increase buy-in around your institution’s interculturally-related goals.
The following are just a few institutions and organizations that True North Intercultural has had the privilege of partnering with on their intercultural learning journey.