Intercultural Certificate For Students

The Intercultural certificate is a new program for the Fall 2018 semester.

The purpose of the certificate is to equip students with the knowledge, skills. and attitudes that will help increase capacity to work well with culturally different people. The certification consists of three, two-hour workshops, two online modules on Lynda.com, and one 500-word reflection paper OR a two-minute video reflection submission that briefly explains your key learning, takeaways, and how you plan to build on the knowledge and experience you gained.

While the certificate itself is not a part of the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC), each of the three required workshops will count towards CWC areas in Global Awareness or Diversity and Inclusion.

Learn more about the workshops

Students choose between one of the following workshops:

Assessing your International I.Q. workshop (1 hour)

This interactive workshop is designed to assist individuals to discover how much knowledge they have about cultures, and countries around the world. Even if you believe you have a vast amount of knowledge about the world, you will be surprised at some of the interesting international elements you will learn at this workshop! You’ll have fun, discover your knowledge of the world around you, and educate yourself.

Art of Crossing Cultures workshop (1 hour)

This workshop was developed to familiarize individuals with the experience of travelling to a different culture. The workshop focuses on a variety of areas, including Culture Shock, Cultural Communication, Ethnocentricism, Cultural Identity, and much more. A unique and valuable perspective is developed through this workshop by recognizing how we see ourselves and others.

This two hour workshop will introduce students to some of the diverse communication styles, and culture general frameworks that can increase intercultural competence. Intercultural competence means highly developed knowledge, skills, and attitudes for working effectively with culturally different people.

This workshop pays special attention to the three ingredients that research shows matter most for intercultural development — self awareness, respectful curiosity, and empathy.

By the end of the workshop learners will be able to:

  • Identify dominant and non-dominant cultures
  • Compare cultural dimensions from two or more countries
  • Identify when a speaker is using a high or low context communication style

* Please note that you must bring a smartphone, iPad or laptop with a WiFi connection to fully participate in this class.

This two-hour workshop will introduce learners to unconscious bias, and related heuristics that result in mental shortcuts that can unwittingly produce discrimination or inequity. Intercultural competence means highly developed knowledge, skills, and attitudes for working effectively with culturally different people that can reduce some harmful results from unconscious bias.

This workshop pays special attention to the three ingredients that research shows matter most for intercultural development — self awareness, respectful curiosity and empathy.

By the end of the workshop learners will be able to:

  • Identify the definition of unconscious bias
  • Identify at least two other related heuristics
  • Identify one test you can commit to take/debrief from project implicit (the IAT)

*Please note that you must bring a smartphone, iPad or laptop with a wifi connection to fully participate in this class.

Click here to register for the Intercultural Certificate program!