Engaging Across Cultures

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A Professional Development Series for International and Domestic Graduate and Professional Students at the University of Iowa

This program offered by International Student and Scholar Services extends the success of our Building Our Global Community series for staff and faculty by creating a special series tailored to graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa. Engaging Across Cultures is a non-academic, professional development certificate program that creates an opportunity for UI graduate and professional students to learn more about fostering an intercultural campus while honing skills that will carry into the future workplace. Content will include subject matter of interest for both domestic as well as international students. Participants will earn a certificate by completing a series of sessions (a required introductory session + 2 electives), which may also be included in a professional development section on a résumé or CV.

Through the introductory session and specialized sessions, participants in Engaging Across Cultures will learn:

  • skills to recognize their own culture(s) and how their cultural lens influences their interactions
  • techniques for developing and applying intercultural skills in academia, including in the classroom, lab, or research group
  • strategies to enhance intercultural communication and understand the needs of second language learners
  • skills to navigate cultural expectations in the job search process
  • strategies to utilize in the professional context outside higher education
  • information on specific countries/culture groups

Spring 2018 Schedule:


Introduction to Engaging Across Cultures
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor, and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, International Programs

Description:
This introduction session will introduce the Engaging Across Cultures certificate program and share an overview of the international student population at the University of Iowa. Participants will have opportunity to learn about culture and the cultural adjustment experienced when living in a new culture. Participants will examine their own cultural lens and how it influences their interactions. Participants will also take part in an interactive activity demonstrating the challenges of being a second language learner.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch to the session.
 

Participants who attend this session will learn:

  • skills to recognize their own culture(s) and how their cultural lens influences their interactions
  • changes occurring when living in a new culture and strategies to assist with the transition
  • strategies to enhance intercultural communication and understand the needs of second language learners

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Rudia Kihura, Senior Advisor, and Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

Description:
In this session, you will have an opportunity to discover your culturally preferred approach or style of resolving conflict through the use of the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory developed by Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Being aware of your own cultural style, you will be better able to understand and adapt to the styles of others and work more effectively in intercultural settings.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch to the session.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify their conflict communication style and preferred approach for navigating conflicts
  • recognize other conflict communication styles and how they might interact
  • discuss how this may be useful in your work and home life

Culture in Academia
Friday, March 23, 2018 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs of the Graduate College, and Sunny Ho, M.A., Ed.M., Third year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology program at the University of Iowa, Graduate Assistant for Graduate College

Description:
The session will create an opportunity for graduate and professional students to learn more about fostering an intercultural campus at their colleges and departments while honing skills that will carry into the future workplace. Content will include subject matter of interest which help graduate and professional students better navigate in academic settings. 


Participants are invited to bring their lunch to the session.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • skills to recognize their own culture (s) and how their cultural lens influences their interactions
  • skills to identify colleagues’ characteristics and working styles to foster effective communication
  • techniques for developing and applying intercultural skills in academia, including in the classroom, lab, or research group
  • strategies to enhance intercultural communication and understand the needs of second language learners
  • strategies to advocate for themselves in different professional settings

Employment
Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs of the Graduate College, and Sunny Ho, M.A., Ed.M., Third year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology program at the University of Iowa, Graduate Assistant for Graduate College

Description:
This session will help guide graduate and professional students to map out their career path after graduation. Facilitators will help tackle some concerns international graduate students might have regarding employment in the United States. Facilitators will assist participants to discover potential career interests and prepare for future employment.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch to the session.

Participants who attend this session will learn:

  • skills to navigate cultural expectations in the job search process
  • strategies to utilize in the professional context outside the University of Iowa
  • skills to prepare for applying for a job and prioritizing materials in job application
  • job interview strategies and techniques
  • strategies to effectively negotiate and communicate with potential employers
  • visa requirements and how to plan for applying for a different visa status

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A waitlist is available for sessions with full enrollment, please email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu to be added to the waitlist. 


Participants may take sessions individually, without working toward a certificate. Successful fulfillment of Engaging Across Cultures requires completion of the introductory session and two elective sessions. All sessions taken for the program are free of charge to participants.

Engaging Across Cultures has no costs and the program does not offer course credit for participating in it. Individuals who complete the professional development certificate program will receive a certificate and be recognized on the International Programs website.

Contact Brandon Paulson with questions about Engaging Across Cultures by email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu or phone (319) 335-0335.

UI Accessibility Statement:
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brandon Paulson in advance at (319) 335-0335.