ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

The Intercultural Workshop series combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and "Culture In-Depth" sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus.

Each session helps UMN staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty.

Participants must register for each session they wish to attend. PLEASE NOTE: While most of the sessions will be held virtually, one is held in-person. Registrants should check Training Hub for the location. Email [email protected] with any questions.

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Disruptive Practices for Interculturally Inclusive Communication 

October 13, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

As we strive for a more socially just, equitable, and inclusive campus, there is an opportunity to revisit our ways of communicating and interacting across differences to create spaces of belonging for all.  Drawing on improvisational and language acquisition practices, this session will help participants explore and appreciate more equitable intercultural communication strategies. Building off this exploration, we will practice puckish techniques to flatten hierarchical systems while increasing overall comprehension and co-creative meaning making.

Please note: This session will be held in person.

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Understanding International Student Experiences to Better Support Their Academic Journey

October 19, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Understanding the experiences of international students is an important first step to continue to build your intercultural skillset. In this session, we will learn what international students have said about their experiences both inside and outside the classroom through targeted listening sessions, survey results and individual interviews. As a group we will discuss ways to minimize barriers and maximize opportunities based on the student themes and feedback.

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Bridging Cultural Differences

October 21, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

When interacting with those from around the world, an understanding of the relevant values of all participants will help to create positive connections. While it may be easy to adapt to obvious differences in eye contact or handshakes, it is more difficult to take actionable steps to address more hidden value differences, such as hierarchy or independence. Participating in this experiential workshop will allow you to identify problems or opportunities that stem from cultural value differences. As a result of this identification, you will be able to effectively connect with students and colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.

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Communicating with International Students

November 16, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

When attempting to navigate new systems at the University of Minnesota, international students can be confused by the U.S. American approach to conversations, instructions, and explanations. Likewise, staff and faculty often wish they understood the cultural expectations and communication styles of international students, as well as had stronger skills in listening to accented English. This interactive workshop will be your opportunity to share, learn, and practice actionable approaches to communicating and connecting with international students, staff, and faculty (including those who are working in their second, or even third or fourth, language).

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5 Intercultural Competencies for Advising International Students

December 1, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Learn how communication, parental expectations, and cultural values affect advisors' ability to provide timely and effective guidance for international students during this interactive workshop.

This training is intended for new or seasoned advisors, career counselors, and student services staff who work with international students.

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Other UMN Trainings

Conversations on Centering International Students: Supporting Multilingual & Intercultural Learning in the Classroom

This series of workshops and conversations centers the multilingual and international student experience in classrooms. Through this series, we aim to support instructors in establishing inclusive spaces and interactions in order to realize the full potential of our globally diverse classrooms. These conversations involve all students because each and every student (international and domestic) contributes to the diversity in the classroom. You’ll leave each session with ideas to implement right away in your teaching (no course overhaul needed!).

Sessions are facilitated by LeeAnne Godfrey, Minnesota English Language Program, and Ann Smith, International Student Academic Integration (ISAI), Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Learning and Pronouncing Student Names
Friday, September, 16
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop-In Conversation
Friday, September 30
12–1 p.m.

Playful Teaching for Engaged Learning*
Friday, October 7
12–1 p.m.

Resources for Supporting Multilingual & Globally Diverse Learners
Friday, October 28
12–1 p.m.

Let’s Talk Pedagogy
Friday, November 18
12–1 p.m.

*Starred presentations were developed in collaboration with the Center for Educational Innovation.

Last updated: September 15, 2022