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 Bloomington 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 a professionally trained staff member from the Office of International Services.
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 on campus and submit a short impact paragraph (writing prompts provided) in lieu of one session.
- Foundations of Intercultural Understanding
- Strange Situations*
- Core Culture Values & Culture Mapping
- The Danger of a Single Story
- Listening Deeply for Values
- Attend a cultural event
- Say My Name, Build My Sense of Belonging
- Strange Situations*
- Exploring International Inclusion in the Classroom or Meeting
Please note: Each session 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.
Cultural events at IU
Follow OIS social media to find global events being planned by students and other offices at IU. Any event that provides exposure to a culture (domestic or international) will satisfy the Attitude component.
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.