Inclusive Internationalization: Building intercultural skills for domestic and international students
The traditional model of putting the onus on international students to adapt to local culture overlooks the possibilities to develop intercultural competency in all our students and create a more inclusive campus environment where diversity is valued. Inclusive internationalization creates opportunities for international students to adapt and gain intercultural skills while broadening the cultural thinking of domestic students as well. This participatory workshop brings activities, ideas and models that will maximize intercultural interactions in ways that benefit both sides and move the campus environment from diversity to inclusion.
Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of: 1. Models of intercultural competency and how they apply to both domestic and international students 2. Why and how developing intercultural competence in domestic and international students creates benefits for both to create a more inclusive campus. 3. Activities and program ideas that respond to a diverse campus environment by shifting the model from 'international students must adapt' to 'all students need intercultural competence' 4. How other institutions are approaching inclusive internationalization (participants will have an opportunity to share ideas, experience and good practices)
Dr Lynne Mitchell
Centre for International Programs
University of Guelph
Dr. Lynne Mitchell has been working in international education for over 25 years. She is Director of the Centre for International Programs, University of Guelph and is well known across Canada for her contributions to the international education profession. Her current research work centres around intercultural competency in higher education.
Mr Ben Yang
Director, Global Engagement
Laurier International, Wilfred Laurier University
Ben is the Director, Global Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. As a former international student from China, he has the first-hand experience of adapting to a new cultural environment. He is a frequent presenter on cross-cultural communication and initiatives to inspire domestic students to engage with international students.