Interviewing Policy Leaders to Advance Intercultural Competence Across Boundaries

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Feature Slides of Policy Leaders and Project Collaborators A collaborative project by The Intersection of ICC and Influencers/Policy Makers Working Group Introduction Ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19 and mitigate climate change remind us of our global interdependence and the importance of collaborating with respect, open-mindedness, empathy, and curiosity – fundamental components of intercultural competence (Deardorff, 2006, 2009). If effective communication is critical to promote peace and justice in an interconnected world, how can leaders facilitate more balanced dialogue in the organizations for which they are responsible? Intercultural competence (also referred to as “ICC”) is recognized as a powerful framework for […]

Uncovering Epistemic Dominance and Colonial Roots in Internationalization of Higher Education

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Internationalization of higher education has become increasingly important to institutions in the Global North for decades, represented by the increase in international student recruitment and expanding study-abroad programs since the early 1980s (Knight, 2014; Stein, 2017). Yet, internationalization is at the risk of reproducing the white-supremacist of Western higher education through cultural, social, ethical, and political domination over international students (Hayes, 2019; Yang, 2019). According to Martinez (2017), white supremacy is “an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and people of color by white peoples and nations of European continent, for the purpose of […]

The Deepest Value

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People sometimes ask me how to identify the deepest value in another culture. I suppose there are many ways, but one approach I have found quite helpful is to try to identify what behaviors upset people the most in a particular culture. What is it, when someone does that thing, that really annoys people? If you probe beneath the behavior that produces such a strong reaction, you will find a value that has just been violated. If we use the U. S. as an example, I think there is no quicker or more foolproof way to upset an American than […]

Press Release for Grant Projects

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The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence wants to share the good news regarding two grant awards we received.  First we partnered up with the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill’s World View program and Longview Foundation to provide intercultural competence professional development activities to educators across North Carolina.  Additionally, North Carolina Humanities generously approved a grant-funded project to bring UNESCO Story Circles to a diverse cohort of partners in various North Carolina Communities to help bridge divides within local communities.  The Longview Foundation Grant and UNC World View Partnership Three critical components make up this grant […]

Kindness Rocks

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I recently published a book on intercultural competence with my friend and colleague, Professor Irina Golubeva. We had a lot of trouble coming up with an idea for the front cover and did not want to use a stock image.  One of my hobbies is making kindness rocks. These are rocks that you paint with words of wisdom or other fun and inspirational pictures. You then leave these rocks for others to find on footpaths, park benches, or other places.  The practice of making and hiding kindness rocks, which started several years ago in the United States, is now found […]