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Here is a list of the regular events hosted by the World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence:

Save the Dates: Global Forum – May 15-16, 2024

Join our next virtual gathering of the entire World Council community and anyone interested in intercultural and global competence! This special event only occurs twice a year, in May and November.

Past Events:

Virtual Global Meet-Up: November 27, 2023

A virtual gathering of the entire World Council community and anyone interested in intercultural and global competence! This special event only occurs twice a year, in May and November.

Annual Virtual Global Symposium

2023 Global Symposium

The 2023 Global Symposium will be held virtually in October 2023 on the topic of Assessing Intercultural Competence. 

Theme of Symposium: Assessing Intercultural Competence across Disciplines Date: October 30, 16:00 – 19:00 EST / October 31st, 5:00 – 8:00 JST
Organized by the ICC Assessment Working Group of the World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence

Registration is now closed.

Program Outline:
1st hour – Keynote: Daniel E. Martin – Understanding Compassion and Social Identity to Facilitate ICC

Dr. Daniel E. Martin is an Associate Professor of Management at California State University, East Bay, and Director of Compassion Education at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University (currently a Consulting scientist), a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at UC Berkeley, a Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute as well as a Personnel Research Psychologist for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, he has worked with private, public and non-profit organizations on pre-employment selection, training, and organizational assessment. He has held international appointments at Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico and The D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

2nd hour – Panel discussion on ICC trends in different disciplines:
Engineering: Brent Jesiek

Brent K. Jesiek is a Professor in the Schools of Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech. Dr. Jesiek draws on expertise from engineering, computing, and the social sciences to advance understanding of geographic, disciplinary, historical, and other contextual variations in engineering education and practice. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of International Engineering Education (JIEE), is chair of the International Network for Engineering Studies (INES), and directs the National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE).


Intercultural Trainer: Chris Cartwright

Chris Cartwright, MPA, Ed.D. is an assessment consultant, trainer, and instructor supporting individuals and organizations in assessing and developing inclusion, intercultural, and global competencies. He has 40+ years of experience in multiple sectors. He assesses, consults, coaches, trains, teaches, and researches regionally, nationally, and internationally in areas of inclusive and global leadership development, intercultural competency, assessment and evaluation, and social justice.  He is an associate of the Connective Leadership Institute, the Kozai Group, icEdge, and Aperian Global. He is an adjunct faculty for the Portland State University, Minerva, as well as Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Pepperdine University. He recently served as Director of Intercultural Assessment and Associate Director of the Graduate Program for the Intercultural Communication Institute for 10 years. Prior to this work, he has served as the Dean of Academic Programs for the International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership.


Healthcare: Susan Schärli-Lim


International education: Milton Bennett

Dr. Milton J. Bennett holds one of the first PhD’s in Intercultural Communication from the University of Minnesota. He was an Associate Professor at Portland State University, where he worked with LaRay Barna to establish the Intercultural Communication Workshop program there; co-founded (with Janet Bennett) the Intercultural Communication Institute and the Summer Institute in Portland, Oregon, where he was a director for many years; created the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and a measurement of it, the Intercultural Development Inventory; and co-founded (with Ida Castiglioni) the Intercultural Development Research Institute, which currently conducts basic intercultural/transcultural research, EU projects, and professional development seminars. On the topic of International Education, Dr. Bennett has consulted with 180 schools, universities, and exchange programs over several decades, and has written three major chapters on the subject:  “Paradigmatic Assumptions and a Developmental Approach to Intercultural Learning” (M. Vande Berg, M. Paige, & K. Lou, ads. Student Learning Abroad, 2012); A Short Conceptual History of Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad. (B. Hoffa, S. DePaul (eds) A History of US Study Abroad: 1965-presen)t; and “Foundations of Knowledge in International Educational Exchange” (J. Reid, ed. Professional Development in International Education, 1986).

3rd hour – ICC Assessment book chapter: The Practice of Assessing Intercultural Competence – A Preliminary Global Study
A global survey on ICC assessment practices was conducted and over 200 practitioners of ICC world-wide responded to the survey. Authors who contributed to the book chapter will provide their interpretations of the key findings from the based on their regions.


Canada – Freeda Bukhari Khan

Freeda has a Master’s degree in Education and is currently pursuing her Ph.D at the University of Toronto.  She is a qualified administrator for the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Assessment and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to measure intercultural competence. Her research intersects higher education, communication and management and her research interests are in the internationalization of higher education, intercultural competence, cultural intelligence, and global citizenship. She has taught several courses at Humber College and the University of Toronto and has also been a guest lecturer at several universities.  Freeda has over twenty years of experience working with students, managing international programs and traveling extensively to 37 cities in 23 countries.


China – Wenjun Tang

Tang Wenjun, a native of Chengdu, Sichuan province (China), holds a Ph.D in Pedagogy and Linguistics from the University of Grenoble-Alpes (France) and was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA). She also worked as a project coordinator for the International Cooperation Office at the University of Grenoble-Alpes (France). With more than 15 years of teaching experience in China, France and the United States, she now works as an assistant professor at the Civil Aviation Flight University of China, where she teaches the courses of Intercultural Communication and the Research Methods course, etc. She is an AFS qualified trainer, and examiner for the Diploma of French Studies (DELF) and the Advanced Diploma in French (DALF). Her latest book, entitled as An Introduction to Global Talent Training in Civil Aviation, was published by China Civil Aviation Publishing House in March 2023.


Japan – Curtis Chu

Dr. Curtis Chu is an assistant professor in the Global Education Center at Setsunan University, Japan. He specializes in internalization in higher education and virtual exchange/COIL. He is interested in assessments related to the development of intercultural competence, and he teaches global citizenship, English and Chinese language. He is also serving as the COIL coordinator for his institution.


Mexico – Maria Cuevas


US- Chang Pu

Dr. Chang Pu is an associate professor of TESOL and the coordinator of the ESOL endorsement program at Berry College. Her teaching and research areas include multicultural education, teacher education, TESOL, COIL/virtual exchange, global and intercultural competence. Dr. Pu also collaborates with American and international school partners, preparing preservice teachers to develop global competent teaching and teach culturally linguistically diverse students. 

Previous Events

Annual Global Forum

2023 Global Forum

The 2023 Global Forum of the World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence is May 24-25, 2023 and will feature a keynote from Gert Jan Hofstede, along with other speakers.  The forum will include networking and breakout discussions, as well as these special presentations:

Wednesday, May 24th

  • Welcome and Keynote
  • Plenary Panel Discussion
  • Working Group Presentations and Discussion
  • Research Forum on Intercultural Competence

Thursday, May 25th

  • Welcome and Plenary Panel Discussion
  • UNESCO Presentation on Intercultural Dialogue Framework
  • Working Group Presentations and Discussions
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Global Inclusion Workshop

Forum SpeakersRead speaker bios >

  • Keynote Speakers: Gert Jan Hofstede, PhD
  • Plenary Panelists: Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, PhD; Peter Nwosu, PhD; Rhonda Zaharna, PhD; Seema Srivastava
  • Workshop Presenter: Amer F. Ahmed and Bert Vercamer

Sponsors include Podium Education, Universidad de Monterrey, University of Waterloo, AFS Intercultural Programs, Purdue University CILMAR, Global Inclusion, CulturaGo, Institute for Developing Across Differences, PATEN and The PIE.

The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence held its inaugural Global Forum on March 7-8, 2022 featuring keynote speakers Fons Trompenaars, Craig Storti, Veronica Boix Mansilla and Michael Byram, along with Darla K. Deardorff.  As part of the Forum, UNESCO made a special presentation on UNESCO Story Circles.  With participants and speakers from around the world,  this virtual two-day event also featured a research forum.  Sponsors included Diamond Sponsor Podium Education and Gold Sponsor Value Learning.

View the 2022 Global Forum program >

Virtual Networking Events

Connect with others across languages, disciplines and cultures around intercultural and global competence, there are held periodically throughout the year

Virtual Global Meet Ups

Virtual gatherings of the entire World Council community and anyone interested in intercultural and global competence – occurs twice a year, usually May and November.

Monthly Speakers and Meetings

Monthly speakers and meetings are regular events through the 20+ working groups

Be sure to join World Council’s Workplace to connect with others across languages, cultures and disciplines, to learn about upcoming events and opportunities, to post about intercultural resources, and to engage in the working groups.