Registration Deadline: April 20, 2022
Foundations of Intercultural Development
May 2 - June 24Cost: Members: $450 | Non-Members: $650 Course is Full - Add your Name to the Waitlist
This course has been approved by CICC for 8 hours of CPD.
Looking for inspiration to revitalize your practice in the field of international education? This online course will connect you with a community of learning focused on building intercultural engagement skills, developing cultural awareness, and empowering participants in equitable and inclusive practices.
“This course gets to the “heart-of the-matter”, opening people’s eyes to unconscious bias and privilege. The holistic approach allows us to identify potential stumbling blocks when it comes to intercultural development. It also effectively demonstrates how to incorporate indigenous knowledge into the course material.”
Course participant (spring 2020)
“I think for many people this is a great introduction into the vast world of intercultural development. It asks the right questions along with providing enough learning for people to be able to begin or continue along their journey. It also provides really insightful examples that may act as a starting point for people to explore other topics related to intercultural development.”
Course participant (spring 2020)
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.
- 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
- 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
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.