This certificate is a professional development opportunity for IU employees seeking to expand their understanding of the complexities of intercultural communication and collaboration.
Intercultural Competence Certificate
Training sessions are free and open to employees across all IU campuses.
This program will foster personal and professional growth through interactive, in-depth conversations around culture and identity and the impact they have on our work, whether in our interactions with students, colleagues, or the IU community at large.
With an array of courses available, this certificate can be catered to your work responsibilities and/or personal interests and will require less than 10 hours of your time over the semester. Each course is taught by IU staff members professionally trained in intercultural competency.
All courses will include an applicability component. Sessions will be a mix of virtual events and reading assignments that can be completed on your own. Feel free to attend a smaller number of sessions without obtaining a certificate.
Complete 4 sessions to earn the certificate.
- Complete at least one session from each category listed below.
- You can also attend an intercultural event and submit a short impact paragraph (writing prompts provided) in lieu of one session.
- Foundations of Intercultural Understanding+
- Strange Situations*
- Core Culture Values
- International Student Experience
- Attend a cultural event
- Listening Deeply for Values
- Cultural Humility
- Say My Name
- Strange Situations*
- Email Communication
- Exploring International Inclusion in the Classroom
*Session can cound towards the Knowledge or Attitude category.
Recommended Canvas course
Course link coming soon.
This course is completely lecture-based and sets the three key concepts used to frame the Intercultural Competence Certificate (ICC). To make it more accessible to all, we are presenting it in 4 ten-minute modules on Canvas, where you can watch it at your leisure, and reference it throughout your training and beyond. Credit for watching all four of these sessions will be applied towards the Knowledge portion of the ICC. We highly recommend that you watch either this session or attend the Core Culture Values and Culture Mapping session before delving too far into the rest of the certificate program.
We will introduce and explore three key concepts that frame much of intercultural study. Once this framework is in place, participants will begin to grasp more clearly the “why” of behavior and move into understanding and adaptation.
Objectives are to help participants:
- Understand basic cultural precepts.
- Look at their own interactions through a cultural lens.
- Begin to apply this new awareness in their work and personal environment
(This session has been developed by the OIS Intercultural Task Force.)
Please note: Most sessions will be offered twice - you only need to attend once. Sessions are NOT recorded to allow open exchange and because engaging and participating in the discussions is an important component of the certificate.
Additional resources and standards
We currently have a small group of staff piloting this program, but are interested in growing to meet the interest of stakeholders across IU. Learn more about the current trainers leading the session and consider joining the group and becoing a trainer yourself.
Lesley E. Davis
Rendy Schrader is available to address any questions or concerns about this program.
Disclaimer: We risk alienating students if we insist that they all have the traits of a particular group, without regard for their individual experiences and identities. At the same time, having knowledge of a cultural group can help us to interact more appropriately with students. Please use these resources appropriately.