Workshops for Faculty and Staff
If we are to help our students develop intercultural competency, we -- the faculty and staff of the institutions -- need to become competent, as well. Here are some examples of what is, and therefor can be, done.
- At the University of California Santa Cruz, there's a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate program offered for staff and faculty. There is no charge to participate, and participants self elect whether they would like to pursue the program. Participants must complete 6 core courses, and 2 elective courses to receive the certificate. Among the topics is "Intercultural Proficiency in Working with UCSC's International Student & Scholar Populations."
- I have offered workshops for faculty on internationalizing their courses. Much of the curriculum is similar to the ideas contained in this website, though in much more detail and with opportunity for hands-on design. Faculty from accounting to zoology find more global readings and cases, develop exercises and assignments with an international focus, find ways to include participants with intercultural experience (whether outside speakers, international students, or study abroad returnees), and build on community resources. After designing a course, they offer it once and the return for follow-up development. A sample design is attached here.