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Workshop on Intercultural Learning in Education Abroad and Beyond
Fri, May 5, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Workshop on Intercultural Learning in Education Abroad and Beyond
Date: Friday May 5, 2017, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hosted by the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus,
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN
The Need to Enhance Intercultural Learning
How much do study abroad students truly learn about their host culture? Do they have skills to interact with and communicate across language barriers (even in English)? Do your students have an opportunity to reflect on their own culture and return from their study abroad experience with new intercultural skills and agility?
Recent research on education abroad demonstrates the central role of ‘cultural mentoring’ to help students develop these important skills, especially as they study and live in increasingly diverse environments, and engage in the global workplace after graduation.
This research has also shown that simply traveling to another country by itself does not cause students to develop intercultural competence or become more capable of interacting with individuals across language barriers or cultural difference. Intentionality in designing intercultural experiences abroad for students is essential.
For faculty taking students abroad, how can your program take advantage of the numerous opportunities each day that will allow you to guide students in their development of intercultural awareness? What can you – and your education abroad professional colleagues – do before students depart, while they are abroad, or after they return to help them develop such intercultural skills as curiosity, empathy, and self-awareness? How can you apply these new methods to your home campus classroom?
For campus-based professionals, how can you support an increasingly diverse community, from returned study abroad students to international students and faculty?
The Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning invites anyone who is interested in enhancing intercultural learning, from faculty leading programs, education abroad professionals, and administrative colleagues to attend this important full-day workshop.
This workshop is designed to be a hands-on, active learning environment in which all participants are actively engaged. By the conclusion of the workshop, you will:
- Gain a foundation in intercultural concepts and theories to help you and students understand cultural similarities and differences;
- Examine your own cultural background and its relevance and impact on thought, behavior and experience;
- Identify common obstacles that hinder intercultural learning in study abroad programs;
- Recognize and dispel common myths about intercultural learning abroad;
- Begin to identify ways to incorporate intercultural learning into your classes and work with students;
- Recognize critical elements of cultural adjustment of students as well as program leaders.
Registration for this workshop will be capped at 40 individuals. University of St. Thomas employees will apply through the Office of Study Abroad, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.962.6450.
Individuals from outside the University of St. Thomas are invited to register and attend this workshop. Those from outside the University of St. Thomas will register for this workshop on this page (EventBrite.com), which processes credit card payments easily and securely. Registration will open on Saturday February 25, 2017.
The cost of this workshop is as follows:
Early bird rate (until April 15, 2017) --- $330 per person
Regular rate (register April 16-May 4, 2017, space permitting) --- $370 per person
The price includes the following:
- Lunch (registrants will be asked to indicate any dietary restrictions)
- Coffee, tea and water
- Light refreshments
- Workshop materials, including a collection of resources
Requests for refunds must be emailed to email@example.com. Upon request, refunds for withdrawal from this webinar will be made based on this schedule:
- Requests made on or before April 15, 2017: Full refund
- Requests made between April 16 and May 2, 2017: Registration will be refunded 70%
- Beginning May 3, 2017: No refunds will be made
About the presenters:
Steven Duke, Ph.D., is President of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning, and Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives at the University of Nebraska. With a doctorate in history from Indiana University, Steve has taught Russian, European and world history courses at Wake Forest University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Brigham Young University. He has also taught cross-cultural engagement courses and conducts research on intercultural learning and intercultural competence development. He created and spearheaded the WISE Conference from 2008 to 2015, turning it into the premier conference on intercultural learning in education abroad and an important training environment for faculty who lead education abroad programs. He is a frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences on international education and at workshops for faculty and international education professionals. His publications include Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures (Stylus, 2014) and “The Importance of Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad,” in T. Milby and J. Rhodes, ed. Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs (IGI Global, 2015), pp. 73-88.
Tara Harvey, Ph.D., has been in the field of international/intercultural education for more than fifteen years. She has taught English abroad and worked as an international student advisor at Texas A&M and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the University of Minnesota—where she also earned a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education—Tara taught two innovative courses designed to help students learn from and through their own intercultural experiences. As the Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), Tara developed the signature course, ‘Intercultural Communication and Leadership’ (offered at more than 20 study centers around the world) and integrated intercultural learning frameworks into CIEE’s wide array of study abroad programs. A contributing author to Student Learning Abroad: What our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It (Stylus, 2012), Tara is currently co-authoring a follow-up book—an educator’s guide to facilitating intercultural learning—to be published by Stylus in 2017. As Founder/Consultant of True North Intercultural, Tara is a consultant, trainer, and coach focused on helping educators and institutions of higher education increase students’ intercultural learning.
Contact Steven Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org.