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Foundations of Intercultural Development

October 4 - November 27

Cost: Members: $450 | Non-Members: $650
You are invited to participate in the online course Foundations of Intercultural Development. The course is designed to increase your awareness as to how your cultural influences can affect your intercultural interactions while also weaving in elements of truth and reconciliation.

Registration Deadline:  September 28, 2021

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The landscape of Canadian post-secondary education has shifted dramatically in the past decade with increased internationalization efforts alongside the Calls to Action (2015) from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Recently, these dynamics have been intensified and complicated even further. As faculty and staff in the midst of this ever-changing landscape, it is critical that we engage in our own intercultural development so that we might model the behaviours we wish to promote on our campuses.

The course design is visually based and makes use of infographics and videos, without requirements for lengthy reading. At the same time, the course is based on academic theories and models that are available for sharing. The delivery is asynchronous, so you can log in when you have the time, no matter which time zone you are participating in. While the course is designed as an introduction to intercultural and reconciliation issues, participating in it will not only engage you in your own development but also connect you to a community of like-minded learners from across Canada who may continue this work together.

LEARNING OUTCOMES  
  • Increase your awareness as to how your cultural influences can affect your intercultural interactions in the workplace and beyond.
  • Respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action by understanding some of the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and cultures in Canada
  • Strategize on how to address power, privilege, and microaggressions in work environments
  • Increase EDI and intercultural self-awareness through reflective practices
COURSE FORMAT & DURATION
  • Eight-week, asynchronous, online course
  • Approximately 2 hours of work per week
  • Modules will be released on Mondays
  • Two assignments a week that are graded complete/incomplete
  • Certificate of completion awarded to participants who complete the course
COURSE OVERVIEW (subject to change without notice)

Module 1: Getting Started

  • Why is this important?
  • How to approach the work
  • Intercultural Development and Definitions
  • Permission to Bring Your Whole Self

Module 2: The Foundation

  • Very Brief History of International Education
  • Culture and Communication
  • Influences on Intercultural Interactions
  • Communication Styles

Module 3: Challenges in Intercultural Development

  • Emotional Intelligence and in Intercultural Interactions
  • The Stories We Don’t Want to Tell
  • Socialization & Identity
  • Racism & Intersectionality
  • Power & Privilege

Module 4: Uncomfortable Truths and Uncertainty in Intercultural Development

  • Standing Alongside Each Other
  • Microaggressions
  • Truth Telling
  • Being Uncertain

Module 5: Strategies for your Intercultural Development

  • Stress and Mindfulness
  • Strategies for Stress Management
  • Resilience in Reconciliation

Module 6: Going Forward

  • Life-long Learning
  • Going Forward, Looking Back: Reflection of Learning
INSTRUCTORS

Amie McLean, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Manager of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Curriculum
Work Integrated Learning | Simon Fraser University

Dr. Amie McLean (she/her/hers) is of mixed Dutch and British ancestry and lives on the unceded territories of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwépemc’ulucw. She is a sociologist, researcher, writer, and educator whose work focuses on social justice issues in Canadian post-secondary education and work. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation examined the dynamics of race, class, gender, and culture in the labour market, with a specific focus on long-haul trucking. She has previously published articles and chapters addressing gendered, racialized, and classed power dynamics at work; the connections between regulatory frameworks and industrial exploitation and inequities, and Indigenous post-secondary education funding. She served as Co-Chair of the Learning at Intercultural Intersections: Towards Equity, Inclusion, and Reconciliation international conference and recently co-edited an associated Special Issue in the Journal of Intercultural Studies. She is the Manager for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Curriculum for Work Integrated Learning at Simon Fraser University. In that role, she applies intersectional, decolonizing, and anti-oppressive approaches to embed EDI content, frameworks, and practices in faculty, staff, student, and employer-facing curricula.

Akanksha Thakur, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)
Program Coordinator: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources
Work Integrated Learning | Simon Fraser University

Akanksha (uh-kaank-shah) Thakur immigrated from Mumbai, India and resides on unceded Indigenous territories in BC. In her work as the Program Coordinator: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) she curates and collaborates on building EDI resources designed to help make WIL’s experiential learning opportunities more inclusive and accessible to diverse students. Akanksha has an MEd. in Equity Studies in Education and it is her education, combined with her lived experiences as an immigrant and settler, that fuel her passion for issues surrounding anti-racism, equity, accessibility and inclusion in an education context. Akanksha has been a recipient of the John Gibbard Memorial Award from the United Nations Association of Canada that recognized her contributions for fostering positive change within the local community. She was also invited by the Canadian Federal Government to offer her insights on Canada’s first-ever national Anti-Racism Policy. Currently, Akanksha also works with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to offer workshops on anti-racism and intercultural communication to practitioners and businesses across Canada.

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October 4
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November 27
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Cost: Members
$450
Cost: Non-Members
$650
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