Maintaining ICGC in Higher Education through Virtual Exchanges

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As a member of the ICC Virtual Working Group, I would like to share how Intercultural & Global Competence (ICGC) maintained traction as a learning outcome in higher education during the pandemic. In the past two decades, U.S.-based institutions have placed more importance on international institutional partnerships between U.S. institutions and foreign counterparts, but the 2020 global pandemic unleashed restrictions which hampered physical mobility between nation states. In response to this and other challenges to ICGC in curricula, institutions adopted innovative solutions in the form of Virtual Exchanges and Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning (VE/COIL) to maintain global partnerships and serve […]

Transnational online space(s) for intercultural educators: How to maintain a critical self-reflection practice during a pandemic

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When the pandemic became a worldwide issue in 2020, online spaces became a necessary tool for continuing personal and professional intercultural competence journeys. Over the course of four weeks (12 hours overall) in January/February 2021, four researchers from around the world came together online to explicate 20+ readings. These conversations engaged us in defining interculturality, reading through and discussing a range of research studies. They also led us to regularly consider our own identities as intercultural researchers studying the field of interculturality and education. Living and working in various parts of the world (New York, Massachusetts, Tokyo, and Sydney) meant that […]

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Five Ingredients of Powerful Online Training: Promoting ICC/GC in the Virtual Space

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe, many intercultural and global competence activities have had to move online—from meetings to formal and informal learning interventions to virtual exchange programs and online training. As an intercultural trainer working with clients from the nonprofit and corporate sector, higher education, the criminal justice system, and public authorities, I found myself wondering if it is possible to promote experiential learning and facilitate development of intercultural and global competence online.  Fast forward to January 2021: Yes, it is possible! And it can be quite fun!  The nonprofit organization that I work for has just finished […]

Leading with Intercultural and Global Competence

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In a joint effort, the Center for Global Education at Asia Society and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) identified four global competencies students need in order to be successful. These include having the knowledge and skills to 1) investigate the world, characterized by a desire to learn more about the world outside one’s immediate environment; 2) recognize perspectives, characterized by self-awareness and understanding of other viewpoints; 3) communicate ideas, characterized by effective verbal and non-verbal communication with diverse audiences; and 4) take action, characterized by leadership that makes a positive difference both locally and globally (Asia Society/OECD, […]

Deeper Diving for Intercultural Policy

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Part I: More Questions than Answers In the summer of 2018, my family and I made an unplanned trip to Montgomery, Alabama to see the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) newly installed Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  The profound interactive archive and memorial of racial inequality left me breathless as I considered my nation’s history laid bare for all the world to see.  I contemplated the inhumanity that took place many years ago and the injustices that continue today, all with the permission of our legal system.  A brief conversation about reparations with one of the docents […]