Developing Intercultural Competence: Understand, Resist, (Re)Structure, (Un)Learn, and Negotiate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learning Environment

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Forward by Kelly Pengelly, Co-Founding Sr. Strategy Advisor of World Council, Co-Editor or the Intercultural Connector, and AUx Instructor and Advisor at American University.  I met Hannah Hou after presenting with Dr. Chris Glass’ Global and Intercultural Perspectives on Higher Education class at Old Dominion University. She graciously offered to help with research in my various roles, including my former role as Sr. Strategy Advisor. I quickly connected her with World Council and Dr. Deardorff requested she gather annotated bibliographies in Madarin due to Hannah’s background and linguistic insight. As Hannah’s advisor for this task, I kept in the back […]

Perspectives from Relational Economics: What are the implications of a focus on commonalities?

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In a session of our Working Group “Transcultural Cooperation & Leadership”, we discussed the conceptual and practical implications of a relational approach on cultural complexity together with Professor Josef Wieland, Director of Zeppelin University’s Leadership Excellence Institute and Founder of the Transcultural Caravan. This blog post is intended to touch on a selection of thoughts from this session and to encourage further exploration of the topic. The role of culture in the theory of relational economics In the exchange with Josef Wieland, it was discussed that in times in which value creation happens predominantly in global networks, which are characterized by […]

A Place Beyond Belief: MULTILOGUE

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Moving beyond cross-cultural and intercultural competences, practitioners and researchers are now investigating what transcultural competence can mean for our tribe of explorers working in diversity. Diversities of any kind, be they ethnic, racial, national, gender, generational, socio-educational, political, professional, cognitive, religious or others, are social constructs which we have created and reinforced. Researchers into transcultural competence are investigating what happens when we move beyond and through cultural boundaries and dimensions to the liminal space which appears between. No longer is it sufficient to view cultures as islands or things, we now see the liminal third culture space as a fertile […]

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 […]