Enhancing Intercultural Competence

The Center for Diversity is pleased to announce the return of Intercultural Communication Workshops.  To be offered this year are:

Workshop I:  Culture and Communication Styles

Workshop II:  Commonalities and Team Building

Workshop III:  Experiences, Values, Beliefs, and Attitudes

Workshop IV:  The Difficulty of Difference

Workshops I & II are the same as last year; Workshops III & IV are new.  It is necessary that you complete the workshops in order. 

The exact scheduling of the workshops will be announced soon.  All the workshops are 105 minutes long, and are scheduled over two consecutive class periods.

For those of you who are new to these workshops, know that they are part of an intentional plan to enhance the climate of respect for diversity on the Rose-Hulman campus.  The workshops are not culture specific, but rather focus on helping attendees grow the skills that will facilitate effective interaction with folks who are different, regardless of the category or magnitude of that difference. 

Based on comments from previous attendees, it is clear that the most popular feature of the workshops is the opportunity to get to know people from other departments.  Attendees have learned things that have helped them better understand and get along with people both at work and in their families.  To quote a former participant, “It’s an important topic and the workshops were fun!” 

These interactive, facilitated workshops are described in some detail below.

Workshop I:  Culture and Communication Styles

Date and Time: Monday, October 6, 3:25 - 5:20
Location: TBD

In workshop I, participants will learn how sociologists define culture and will have the opportunity to share how some element of their own culture has influenced their life.  Facilitators will introduce participants to a useful way to understand different communication styles, and will provide an opportunity for participants to practice communicating (hearing and speaking) even when the difference seems too profound.

Workshop II:  Commonalities and Team Building

Date and Time: TBD
Location: TBD

In addition to having different ways of communicating, folks tend to have different approaches to life in general.  The central component of Workshop II is an Identity Mapping program that helps participants understand the value of their own way AND the value of different ways. 

Workshop III:  Experiences, Values, Beliefs, and Attitudes

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 15, 1:35 - 3:20
Location: TBD

Participants will begin to explore the source of their own values, beliefs, and attitudes as a way of understanding different values, beliefs, and attitudes.   The impact of values, beliefs, and attitudes on the structure of culture will also be developed.

Workshop IV:  The Difficulty of Difference

Date and Time: TBD
Location: TBD

In addition to clarifying definitions of some ‘hot topics’ in diversity, this workshop will challenge participants to explore the existence of their own privileges and biases.