OIE has staff trained to facilitate intercultural activities that promote effective communication and collaboration among people from different cultures (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.
Fall 2019 Workshop Offerings
Intercultural Communication Workshop for Faculty and Staff
- Fundamentals of Intercultural Understanding: Culture and Perception
Culture shapes our perspectives and the ways in which we interact with others. Reviewing the fundamentals of intercultural communication will allow participants to identify aspects of their own culture and navigate the gaps between perception and intercultural understanding. This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge to recognize cultural differences, the tools to advance intercultural understanding, and an overview of the role of perception in intercultural interactions and misunderstandings.
- Cultural Awareness: An Overview of Cultural Values Orientation
Cultural awareness and the ability to engage in intercultural understanding with others can significantly impact one’s personal and professional development. An understanding of cultural values will assist participants in creating positive connections with people from other cultures. While some cultural differences like language and mannerisms may seem obvious, invisible differences in values such as communication styles or hierarchy often cause misunderstanding.
Student Alumni Association Webinar on Intercultural Understanding
Global Leadership Living Learning Community
- Culture and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Intercultural Communication: Cultural Values Orientation
- The Culture Map
Brownbag intercultural activity to facilitate an activity to learn about culture: Draw a Tree
Additonal information on intercultural learning opportunities for the Georgia Tech community:
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.