Intercultural Competence: The Key to Internationalizing the University Experience
Developing intercultural competence is a critical mandate in our universities both within the United States and throughout the world. Yet competence in navigating cultural differences can be marginalized within our university community when it comes to developing culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies, enhancing culturally diverse curriculum, embracing culturally adaptive student development approaches within student services, and ensuring cross-cultural competence as a central goal for study abroad. Community panelists will discuss their work as it relates to local and campus internationalization efforts. Keynote speaker, Dr. Mitchell Hammer, will discuss some of the challenges of integrating intercultural competence development when attempting to internationalize the university experience. In addition, he will review some of the results from his own work and others in building intercultural proficiency within universities and P-12 schools.