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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 group

Schedule

Introduction to Engaging Across Cultures

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services; 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 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

 

 

 

Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Wednesday, February 20, 2019| 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC

Instructor: Xi Ma, Curriculum Coordinator, Confucius Institute, International Programs

 

Description:

This session serves as an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) pronunciation. Using the most commonly seen Chinese names as examples, it introduces the romanization system of Chinese pronunciation-- Pinyin, the four tones, and greetings in Mandarin Chinese.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • learn about the development of Pinyin
  • practice all consonant and vowel sounds with tips on how to produce them accurately
  • learn about the four major Chinese tones by practicing with Chinese names
  • learn the basic daily greetings in Chinese

 

 

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor, Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement; 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 with 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 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

 

 

Employment

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs of the Graduate College, Sunny Ho, M.A., Ed.M., Fourth year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology program and Graduate Assistant for Graduate College, and Brady Krien, Ph.D. Candidate in English and Graduate Assistant for Grad Success

 

Description:

This workshop 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 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    

 

Chinese Culture: Tradition, Transformation, and Connection to the World

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 11:30am-1:30pm | 1117 UCC

Instructor: Yuan Lu, Lecturer of Chinese, Chinese Language Program

 

Description:

This session will explore the social, cultural, historical, and economic aspects of China and present an introductory overview of how the Chinese society maintains and changes its traditions, customs, and daily etiquettes. Furthermore, it will analyze how Chinese people interact with people from the U.S. and other regions as well as how China moves along with the rest of the world in the modern days from historical and contemporary perspectives.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • discuss and reflect upon the geography, history, traditional philosophies and values, customs, and daily etiquettes of China
  • identify and evaluate ways of more effective communications to promote interpersonal relationships with Chinese people
  • contextualize and apply multiple perspectives to current sociocultural events and global issues

Register Here

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. Engaging Across Cultures is free of charge to participants 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.

Claire Muerdter, College of Engineering

"Research is a global enterprise. This certificate gave me knowledge about how my and my colleagues' backgrounds influence our interactions, and how we can all work together more effectively."

Dan Holthaus, College of Nursing

"This program enabled me to not only learn about other cultures but also to delve into my own culture and beliefs."

Program Contact:
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.