The University of Iowa

Engaging Across Cultures

A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

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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

Core Session:

 

Introduction to Engaging Across Cultures

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 9:00am-10:15am | Zoom

Instructors: Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

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 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

 

 

Elective Sessions:

 

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Friday, October 30 & November 6, 2020 | 3:30-5:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

In this two-part session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants will need to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the session. Participants will have an opportunity to sign-up and attend a follow-up 45-minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth.

 

Participants who attend this session will learn:

  • how to describe the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development
  • where the IDI indicates they are on the intercultural growth continuum
  • how to develop a personal plan for their intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively across cultures

 

 

Culture in Academia

Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 9:00am-10:00am | Zoom

Instructors: Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs of the Graduate College, Lisa Kelly, Ph.D., CIRTL Coordinator, Graduate College, and Brady Krien, Ph.D. Candidate in English and Graduate Careers & Fellowships Advisor

 

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 who attend this session will learn:

  • 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

 

 

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, December 2 & 9, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

In this two-part 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

Core Session:

 

Introduction to Engaging Across Cultures

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 9:00-10:15am | Zoom

Instructors: Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

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 in 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

 

Elective Sessions:

 

Culture in the Classroom

Friday, February 5, 2021 | 9:00am-10:00am | Zoom

 

Description:

International and domestic teaching assistants are invited to attend an informal open discussion on experiences and issues you encounter surrounding “culture in class.”  Whether you are an international T.A. teaching predominantly U.S. students, or a domestic T.A. with international students in your class, culture-based expectations, behaviors, and methods can often take many of us by surprise.  Why are some of your students not doing things you expect?  What expectations do you think your students have of you as their instructor?  What do you do when you feel language proficiency is an issue for one of your students?  What techniques have you tried using to address cultural differences in class?  Both new as well as veteran teaching assistants are invited to share ideas and experiences while brainstorming solutions.  Staff from offices including International Student and Scholar Services, English as a Second Language, Center for Teaching and the Graduate College will also be present. 

 

 

Engaging ESL Learners Across Disciplines                     

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 3:45-5:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Katherine Beydler, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Teaching; Peter Lundgren, Lecturer, ESL Programs; and Megan Wright, Lecturer, ESL Programs

 

Description:

This session will focus on how to consider and include the perspective of students with English as an additional language in all classrooms. We will invite participants to reflect on their own experiences to inform our conversation and discuss how to accommodate the needs of diverse learner backgrounds. 

Participants in this session will learn:

  • teaching strategies intended to welcome ESL learners
  • techniques for giving transparent feedback to all students
  • inclusive assignment and learning activity design

 

 

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, March 10 & 17, 2021 | 4:00-5:00pm | Zoom 

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, 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 in 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 academics, work, and home life

 

 

Employment

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 9:00-10:00am | Zoom

Instructors: Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs of the Graduate College, Lisa Kelly, Ph.D., CIRTL Coordinator, Graduate College, and Brady Krien, Ph.D. Candidate in English and Graduate Careers & Fellowships Advisor

 

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 in 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    

 

 

Story Stitch

Friday, April 9, 2021 | 3:30-5:00pm | Zoom
Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor; Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor; Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director; and Andrea Siebenmann, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

In this interactive session, we will engage in the Story Stitch activity to learn about each other through the stories shared and conversations ignited. This activity involves splitting into groups with each member introducing themselves, and then the group taking turns answering story card questions with members having the opportunity to build on each other’s answers using the stitch cards. By engaging in this activity, we will learn more about the unique backgrounds of the group and become more connected.

 

Participants in this session will learn:

  • how storytelling can build trust, create group cohesion, and develop interpersonal connections
  • different perspectives and experiences
  • valuable tool to foster deeper conversations

 

 

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Friday, April 16 & 23, 2021 | 3:30-5:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

In this two-part session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants will need to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the session. Participants will have an opportunity to sign-up and attend a follow-up 45-minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth.

 

Participants who attend this session will learn:

  • understand the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development
  • find out where the IDI indicates they are on the intercultural growth continuum
  • develop a personal plan for their intercultural growth
  • understand others through intentional dialogue

Register Here

Please email Brandon Paulson at 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."

Yuchen Liu holding Engaging Across Cultures certificate
Yuchen Liu, Graduate College

"Engaging Across Cultures' provided me a comfortable and open zone to share my experience related to learning, teaching, and life in Iowa as well as in the U.S. A. I appreciate this valuable opportunity provided by ISSS, allowing diverse communities to represent ourselves equally and present ourselves confidently. Also, all presenters and participants are respectful and friendly to each other, listening to others expectations and perspectives. It is worth to be mentioned that the shared ideas and experiences while brainstorming solutions is really interesting and helpful for further personal and professional development." 

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.