Working Groups

Working Groups

Our working groups provide a space to discuss and work on more specific topics of interest around the overarching theme of intercultural and global competencies (ICC/GC). Each working group has one or several coordinators who coordinate regular meetings. Working group activities include but are not limited to:

  • Writing blog posts for the Intercultural Connector Blog
  • Create and update a resource/tool list to be shared with the World Council community
  • Offering webinars and other online events for the World Council community
  • Contribute newsletter articles for World Council’s Intercultural Connector
  • Develop ideas for other publications or projects as the group sees fit

Below you find a list of all working groups which are currently active – please click on the plus sign to learn more about each group and get in touch with the respective coordinators.

Overview of Working Groups

Community-Based ICC Working Group

The community-based ICC working group defined the following priority: Advancing our knowledge and connecting within our glocal communities to establish praxis in developing community-based ICC. Concepts like global, local, community and praxis were the main keys for our brainstorming about the mission and name of our group. The group arrived at the following mission: The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence connects researchers and practitioners across disciplines, languages, and countries to advance knowledge, research, and praxis of intercultural competence globally.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Sasha Butler & María Alejandra Fumaroni

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on ICC/GC

This working group brings together different disciplinary perspectives on ICC and GC with the aim to explore, understand and compare different disciplinary perspectives, concepts, and models of ICC and GC. The group also seeks to compare and contrast how ICC/GC is taught in different disciplines within higher education or professional development post-graduation and how professionals in different disciplines develop ICC and GC.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Linda Yang & Sumiko Shimo

Early Career Professionals (ECP)

The ECP working group is aimed at students and professionals who meet at least one of the following conditions: a) less than 5 years of experience as a researcher and/or practitioner in the field of intercultural and global competence, b) advanced degree in a relevant field completed in the last 3 years. The working group’s key priorities are to develop research and practice collaboration in emerging fields, to provide webinars and training workshops, and to develop networking opportunities with established researchers.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Ana Sofia Hofmeyr & Lourdes Zilberberg

ICC and Faculty Development

A group of professionals interested in ICC development among faculty in education from K-12 through higher education. The main purpose is for sharing resources, tools, and opportunities in the field of ICC development. Key priorities include identifying tools and resources for those working on ICC with different constituencies at higher education institutions around the world, researching global learning pedagogies used in different contexts around the world, and identifying examples of ICC Mentorship programs for students in different countries.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Michael Fields & Aditi Pathak

ICC Assessment

The main aim of the ICC assessment working group is to learn together in an international and multidisciplinary group of professionals about different approaches to both quantitative and qualitative ICC assessments. Key priorities include to build a team and create a space where we can learn from each other and improve current ways of assessment, to collect alternative methods of gathering evidence to assess ICC and to analyze different selection criteria. 

Contact Working Group Coordinators Anna Zelno & Curtis Chu

ICC in International Education

A group of international, inter-professional individuals, all with a passion for enhancing international education. It aims to raise continued awareness of the importance of intercultural competence in international education and explore ways to maintain and increase its centralize across schools, curricula, and programs. The group seeks to accomplish these by harnessing the skills and diverse world perspectives and experiences of its members. Key priorities include internationalizing curricula, improving ICC in study abroad programs and of international students, exploring ICC in digital education, and understanding global experiences.

Contact Working Group Coordinator Monique Constance-Huggins

ICC/GC in K-12

ICC/GC in Spanish

Spanish-speaking working group – more information will follow soon.

Contact Working Group Coordinator Claudia Issa

Intercultural Competence Research and Practice

Our culturally and professionally diverse team aims to contribute to the international research and practice of ICC by sharing and creating resources that reflect a more diverse approach to how ICC is perceived and practiced in a variety of contexts, and also by giving ICC experts an open platform to share their ideas. Our team will strive to decolonize the field of ICC through ensuring representation of perspectives from different language and cultural backgrounds, to promote the integration and practice of ICC across disciplines and professional fields, and to contribute to ICC material development.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Hiba Ibrahim & Irina Golubeva

MENA Region & IGC 

The mission of the Middle East and North Africa Region & Intercultural and Global Competence (IGC) Working Group is to look at IGC in the MENA region. Our work is research-based and extends beyond the education sector to include the world of work and society at large. We aim to provide data driven information on IGC in the region, to share region specific research on IGC in a culturally diverse region, and to encourage embracing IGC as an instrument of peace.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Hadjer Hammadi & Yovana S. Veerasamy

PhD Working Group

The Ph.D. Working Group serves as a safe and supportive space for Ph.D. students at any phase in the IC-focused programs. In this group, Ph.D. students feel free to share their knowledge and experience and seek help, support, and collaboration academically and personally. We meet monthly on the last Tuesday of the month (for 40-45 mins). The meetings are structured as either Expert Sharing or Member Sharing with subsequent breakout rooms for deeper conversations.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Ha Nguyen and Raquel Segura Fernández

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & ICC/GC

We are living in a world where global challenges need global solutions. This puts us at the nexus of local problems that might need international experts, cross-cultural teams (interpersonal dynamic), an intercultural workforce (corporate dynamic), and tricky international diplomacy. Global collaborations are becoming the norm, even if working remotely. Professionals will need ICC skills for intercultural problem-solving, systems-thinking keeping global nuances in mind, and truly understanding local need, capability, capacity to enable infrastructure development and empower the local demographic to own their solution space. The OECD PISA global competence framework goes into great depth of preparing youth for an inclusive and sustainable world. The UN also talks about why global competence in youth is critical to achieve the SDGs. This working group hopes to bring together like-minded professionals who wish to explore the intersections of ICC with the SDGs, deliberate about the outcomes and impact of these intersections, discuss best practices to integrate ICC systematically into curricula and experiential learning related to the SDGs, and share our collective learnings with the larger community.

Contact Working Group Coordinator Shabnam (Shay) Surjitsingh Ivkovic

The Intersection of ICC/Influencers/Policy Makers

To move the needle on intercultural policy development – within and beyond education, through research – in order to advance intercultural competence and make it accessible to the public. Key priorities include to identify the role of intercultural policy makers (at local, regional, national, international levels), translate research to inform policy makers globally, create innovative resources to raise ICC awareness and implementation, and raise the profile of ICC, making it more broadly accessible.

Contact Working Group Coordinator Molly McSweeney

Transcultural Cooperation & Leadership

This working group addresses the conceptual and practical implications of a transcultural perspective as a relational view on cultural complexity. Such a perspective includes a shift in focus to commonalities (in their relation to cultural differences, similarities, etc.) and particularly to corresponding learning processes and other determinants of mutually beneficial cooperation. Against this backdrop, transcultural leadership refers to the individual and organizational competencies to create new commonalities beyond cultural borders.

The aim of the working group is to:
– discuss the conceptual offer of transculturality and a relational view on cultural diversity
– discuss practical implications
– organize an international and interdisciplinary conference on the transcultural approach (including publications)

This working group meets every first Tuesday of a month, typically 4.30-6pm CEST (timing may).

Contact Working Group Coordinators Julika Baumann Montecinos & Tobias Grünfelder

Underrepresented Voices in ICC Research & Practice

This group is for those interested in learning from a wider range of knowledge/understanding than typically represented in ICC research. Key priorities include to educate ourselves on what underrepresented voices are already contributing to ICC research and to create opportunities for more contributions. 

Contact Working Group Coordinators Grace Eunhye Lee Amuzie & Kris Acheson-Clair

Virtual ICC Possibilities

This working group is collecting and sharing information on experiential intercultural training in virtual spaces, including but not limited to best practices in facilitating and executing virtual intercultural programs and activities. Key priorities include creating a space for meaningful exchange on virtual ICC as well as developing and adjusting program designs for virtual mobility and exchange.

Contact Working Group Coordinators Constantina Rokos & Emily G. Pelka

The following working groups are currently being launched and will be added to the list above as soon as their launch is complete – please note that the names of the respective groups might change during the launch process:

  • Healthcare and ICC/GC