A Columbian Student Based Project on Intercultural Competence

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As a student in Carolyn Finck’s project-based course on intercultural competencies, I was interested in how it would sensitize me and direct my empathy towards social groups that constantly find themselves in unequal environments. This was not the only objective this course accomplished; it also gave me tools to use that empathy to act in benefit of those groups (of course not in an immediate way) at least making them aware of how they could improve their situation in relation to their particular reality, context and dispositions. The last objective was possible due to the amount of cases and examples […]

“Just Looking Around”: Reflecting on Culture in an Online and Project Based Course

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Last semester, I taught a virtual class on culture with a student-centered, project-based learning approach. The task for the groups of students was to identify and get to know a community and then identify a problem and propose a solution based on a social innovation concept. They needed to go outside of the classroom, talk to real communities and then identify both problems and solutions with real people. This took place in Bogotá, Colombia, and the task was assigned to students with different backgrounds who were studying psychology or management in a private university.  While some of the students went […]

Intercultural Competence – Connecting Across Cultures and Languages

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Intercultural competence spans all countries and cultures and we invite you to reflect on this quotation from Octavio Paz, Mexican Poet, Writer and Diplomat and share intercultural competence quotes from your language and culture (both English and non-English speaking cultures). What leaders in cultural competency do you admire? What quotations inspire you?

Yalla Talk

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One of the challenges in fostering intercultural dialogue and intercultural competence are the barriers constructed as a result of cultural, linguistic, and religious differences. Hiba Ibrahim’s Yalla Talk sought to break down these barriers, inviting Jordanian and non-Jordanian youth to come together for “culture circles.” The talks allowed students to meet face-to-face to discuss culture, religion and to build language skills in a safe and respectful environment, exposing them to a broad array of subjects and skills. Though Yalla Talk no longer hosts regular discussions, the organization has helped pave the way for similar intercultural dialogues, both in person and […]