- Time Frame: 2.5 or 3 hours. Longer time for more participants.
- Suggested number of participants: 6-18
- Materials needed:
- Room Setup: tables of 4-6
We invest much of our time, talents and passion into our work. And, many of us are looking for deeper meaning and purpose in this area of our lives. This workshop will help you work out what you want, and develop a plan for how to get it so that you can have the kinds of impact that originally led you to pursuing an advanced degree in the first place.
|1:30 – 2:00||Introductions & Icebreakers
|2:00 – 2:30||Connecting the Dots of Your Cultural Background
|3:00-3:50||Case Study: Why Diversity Can Lead to Better Ideas|
|4:10-4:30||Reflection & Integration
Ask students to share what actions steps they will be taking.
We recommend sending out the pre-workshop email one-week before and a short follow-up two days before the workshop. This workshop does not require any pre-work before the workshop, but you could include a link to a TED Talk to help prime students for the workshop experience.
Here’s an example:
Dear Workshop Participants:
There is no pre-work required for this workshop. You will need a pen. If you do have 18 minutes to spare, we recommend watching this TED Talk, “The danger of a single story” before the workshop.
We look forward to meeting with you soon,
For those of you in the sciences, I thought these articles may be of interest to you:
Science and Intercultural Competence
- How Point of View Affects How Science is Done:
- Science and Culture: How western science could learn a thing or two from the way science is done in other cultures https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p
- In what ways are scientists and their theories affected by culture?
- The Craft of Cross-Cultural Engagement This is from a colleague at the U of M Craig Hassel who works with local tribal communities.
Bennett, M. J. (2004). Becoming interculturally competent. Toward multiculturalism: A reader in multicultural education, 2, 62-77.
Deardorff, D. K. (2010). A comparative analysis and global perspective of regional studies on intercultural competence.
Giles, S. (2016). The most important leadership competencies, according to leaders around the world. Harvard Business Review. Online.
Hammer, M. R., Bennett, M. J., & Wiseman, R. (2003). Measuring intercultural sensitivity: The intercultural development inventory. International journal of intercultural relations, 27(4), 421-443.
Hofstede, G., Hofstede, G. J., & Minkov, M. (1991). Cultures and organizations: Software of the mind (Vol. 2). London: McGraw-Hill.
House, R. J., Hanges, P. J., Javidan, M., Dorfman, P. W., & Gupta, V. (Eds.). (2004). Culture, leadership, and organizations: The GLOBE study of 62 societies. Sage publications.
Javidan, M., Dorfman, P. W., De Luque, M. S., & House, R. J. (2006). In the eye of the beholder: Cross cultural lessons in leadership from Project GLOBE. The academy of management perspectives, 20(1), 67-90.
Websites & Videos
Cultural Dimensions Videos
Short two-minute videos on different cultural dimensions:
- Achieved Status vs. Ascribed Status
- Direct vs. Indirect Communication Style
- Display of Emotion Cultural Dimension
- Low vs. High Power Distance
- Me vs. We
- Task vs. Relationships
The Danger of a Single Story-TED Talk
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions Website
Compare the cultural dimensions of different countries by using this interactive site.
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
View research and sample reports on the IDI.
Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Value Rubric
Developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, through a process that examined many existing campus rubrics and related documents for each learning outcome and incorporated additional feedback from faculty.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if there are resources/connections that would be helpful. I’m more than happy to help!