What: OIE has staff trained to facilitate intercultural activities that promote effective communication and collaboration among people from different culture (and that’s most of us since culture is a vast concept that includes much more than one’s national culture). Knowing key concepts of intercultural communication and participating in active learning can help develop intercultural competence.
Who: for student groups/organizations, offices/departments, lab groups….most any group that wants to communicate better, or learn about cultural differences, or work better together
How: activites can be tailored based on participants, time available, and goals for the training
Why: Learn to act and communicate appropriately and effectively across various cultural contexts. This skill is especially important at our institution, where a large number of our students, faculty and staff are from a variety of backgrounds.
Examples of intercultural exercises and activities:
ACIREMA - An interactive simulation exercise designed to allow participants to 'enter the U.S.' as an international student from a fictional country.
Barnga - A game played in small groups where participants must learn to work together and reconcile differences to function effectively.
The Intercultural Email - A writing exercise done in order to gain perspective on cultural differences in writing style and emphasis.
The Stereotyped U.S. American - An exercise that uses discussion of common stereotypes of Americans to as basis for helping participants examine their own culture, ideas they have about other cultures, and the sources of stereotypes.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.