Intercultural Learning

This Inclusive Classroom Institute workshop provides an introduction to intercultural learning — what it is and how we can foster it both in our students and ourselves. Open to all faculty.

Date & Time:

Friday, February 23, 2018
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


McNeely Hall, room 100

Tara Harvey


Tara Harvey

Do you find the experience of working with students from diverse backgrounds stimulating, yet also challenging at times?  Would you like to better connect with and help all of your students not only learn, but grow as human beings?  What if you could learn and grow through that process as well?

Even the most experienced educators can benefit from focusing on developing their own intercultural competence.  Furthermore, research suggests that developing our intercultural competence can actually help us better facilitate intercultural learning among our students.

This workshop provides an introduction to intercultural learning—what it is and how we can foster it both in our students and ourselves.  We will learn about the following four-phase intercultural development framework, and focus on developing our competencies in the first two areas:

  1. Increasing understanding and awareness of our own characteristic ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  2. Increasing understanding and awareness of others’ ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  3. Responding mindfully in contexts that disorient or challenge us;
  4. Bridging cultural gaps in those contexts: Shifting perspective, attuning emotions and adapting our behavior in effective and appropriate ways.

Through discussion and interactive exercises, we will explore how culture impacts how we all experience and make meaning of the world, and how bringing this into greater awareness can help us and our students more effectively and appropriately navigate cultural differences.

This workshop is part of the Inclusive Classroom Institute and is open to all faculty, regardless of whether or not you intend to pursue certification. 

About the Presenter

Tara Harvey, Ph.D., possesses a unique combination of breadth of experience in the field of international education and depth of understanding of the process of developing intercultural competence.  Tara has taught English abroad, worked in international student services at Texas A&M University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, taught undergraduate- and graduate-level intercultural courses at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and was the Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange).  As founder of True North Intercultural, Tara helps educators and institutions of higher education foster intercultural learning.  She presents widely on topics related to intercultural learning in higher education, and is also Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC).  Tara holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Masters in International Relations from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain; and a Bachelors in Communication Studies and Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University.  


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