Tackling Racism Workshop: Intercultural Competence and Achieving Equity in our Schools and Universities
Developing the ability to adapt mindsets when encountering diversity and differences
Intercultural competence is vital for developing the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions for recognizing and countering implicit biases and racism in our institutions.
Understanding and navigating the complex interactions of our backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and contexts is a highly developed skill necessary for recognizing the values, beliefs and behaviours held by ourselves and others.
The universality of intercultural competence allows for addressing—in all contexts—non-dominant racial and cultural groups and the resulting bias and discrimination.
Join fellow international school and university professionals for this interactive workshop. Collaborate and build your understanding of intercultural competence and its role in tackling racism and creating equity.
You can expect to:
- understand Intercultural competence as a concept and as a process
- explore how intercultural competence assists in navigating diversity and differences towards achieving equitable schools and universities
- learn about what occurs when we encounter diversity and differences
- apply strategies to develop intercultural competence in your school or university
Also in this series:
Take-aways from previous participants:
Make this part of the CIS accreditation process (apologies if it already is)—especially hiring practices. Our teachers and admin need to better represent our students.
Good to know: Inclusion via diversity, equity and anti-racism does form a part of the CIS International Accreditation process. Member schools can log in to the CIS Community portal to learn more about it.
It was really helpful learning how to create safe spaces for open and honest dialog on an even playing field where people can share their experiences and beliefs and be open to clarification and feedback.
We will use the intercultural continuum exercise to explore where we view ourselves individually and collectively on our journey to a more conscious engagement with developing intercultural fluency.
There’s a general need for more leaders to be trained. Really liked definitions of DEI that were shared.
Individual voices are so important ... and the hierarchy in any institution and its role was highlighted which was quite relatable. some interesting resources were shared. Overall, it was a good experience to learn the in a short period of time.
Related content that helps us tackle racism together:
- Blog—Read International education perpetuates structural racism and anti-racism is the solution and several other posts on the topic of anti-racism and diversity.
- Video—Watch and listen to Jane Larsson and Nunana Nyomi’s candid discussion about their different thoughts and feelings in the days that followed 25 May 2020.
- Committee—The CIS Board of Trustees has formed a Committee on inclusion via diversity, equity and anti-racism (I-DEA) to advance our work. Look for an update in the next issue of CIS News. Read their charter at the end of this post Tackling racism is hard.