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The theme of the 2012 Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference is "Creating the change we want to see in the world: Sharing our knowledge, truth, tools, and best practices."
The Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference is a regional conference for business and community leaders, college students and educators - from K-12 teachers and administrators to postsecondary faculty and staff - who want to strengthen diversity throughout the Midwest and work collaboratively towards resolving issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion, representative leadership and advancing professional development opportunities.
The purpose of the conference is to facilitate participants' understanding of the economic and equity implications of diversity in a 21st century global economy, equip participants with skills to uproot discrimination across multiple forms (i.e. gender, class, race, sexual orientation, veterans and disabilities), and foster relationship building between diverse groups to promote inclusive activism.
As the University of Minnesota pursues a path toward becoming an elite, global research institution, it is becoming more visibly exclusive. The Whose University? Campaign is organizing students, educators, workers, and community members to challenge this institution's priorities in equal access and resources for underrepresented groups. This semester we began production of adocumentary-style film which will be released next fall.
April 2oth, 2011
March 25, 2011
Carlson School of Management
This was the second annual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference. The University Libraries co-sponsored this event with the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Instructional Development Service (UMD) and organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (Previously International Programs Office). This was my second time attending this conference and both times I have been impressed with the number of participants and the representation across campuses of the University of Minnesota.
Several of my Library colleagues were in attendance, as well. The Diversity Outreach Collaborative participated in the Poster Session. Laura Dale Bischof and myself came up with the content for the poster. To see our poster click here: DOC International Poster March 2011.pdf. Thank you to Andrew Palahnuik for designing this poster on our behalf.
Last year's conference posed the question, "What does global competency mean to you?" From comments and conversations from the 2010 conference the following definition was created:
Globally competent University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students will demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and perspectives necessary to understand the world and work effectively to improve it.
Below are some summaries and thoughts about the various sessions that I attended:
Peer Programs to Internationalize the Curriculum and Campus
Presenters: Grace Machoki, International Student and Scholar SErvices (UMTC), Catherine Clements and Bethany Schowengerdt, CLA and a student panel
- United States has the biggest number of incoming international students
- Peer programs offer a beneficial experience
- Language and culture exchange program
- CLA Language Center offers for free
- An opportunity to meet someone from a different culture
- An opportunity to practice language skills...all done by peers and does not require leaving campus.
- Primary participants are U of MN students, faculty, staff and scholars, both international and U.S. American.
- Opportunity to expose students to different cultures.
- Offers a virtual face to face program using Skype; U.S. based students are paired with students from various countries.
- Conversation Groups are offered to practice English and share experiences and support from peers.
- In the Class to Class exchanges this program is integrated into the curriculum
- Not limited to CLA, but priority given to them.
Cross Cultural Discussion Groups
Program from International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS)
- 2 hour - weekly meetings for both graduations and undergraduates (U.S and International)
International Buddy Program (ISSS)
- International Sstudents paired with a local mentor or buddy. Matched based on college/major, interest, hobbies.
- Weekly and monthly organized events
- Focus groups conducted and found that making connections was at the core of the appeal of this program to both mentors and buddies. Also provided support, empowerment, and understand of cross cultural issues.
Some of the significant factors that peer programs provide are:
- better academic achievement
- lower drop out rate
- less depression, stress and anxiety
Student Development outcomes are integrated into these programs (cross cultural understanding, self awareness and appreciation of differences)
Beyond Curriculum Integration: Collaborations between education abroad and career services
Roxanne Rawson and Katie Selby, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Blythe Cherney, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)
What are employers thinking about the broad number of experiences students have in undergraduate?
One of the key topics -- effectiveness of students' ability to articulate relevance of their international experience.
Recruiter's Perspective (Recruiter from Target)
- Need to talk about it in interviews. Be able to articulate the value.
- Some common pitfalls are overselling their study abroad experience
- Prep tips
- How do you translate what you have done and how it is relevant to your career?
- What are some of the skill sets that were developed?
Collaborations with Career Center
- Career Center offers Skype interviews during On-Campus Recruiting events
- IP and Career Center staff assess intern aboard programs jointly
- Career uses IP student data to communicate with students abroad about recruiting process.
- Marketing your International Experience Workshop
- Planning Career Search around Study Abroad Workshop
Infusing Intercultural into your International: Examples, Outcomes, and Participant Dialogue
Paula J. Pedersen, Ed.D. UMD
This session will be recorded and should be made available on the GPSA website.
Article by King and Baxter Magolda (2005) http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_college_student_development/v048/48.5magolda.html
Intercultural Competence; Engaging Diversity within a First Year Multidisciplinary Classroom
Amy Lee, Na'im Madyun, Jill Trites, Rhiannon Williams (PSTL, CEHD)
Being taped and will be made available on the GPSA website.
Common Course Required to All FY Students
- First Year Inquiry Course (CEHD) 4 credit hours2 semesters -- Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing
- Students work on a Capstone Project
- 80 or 90 students per class
- They also have learning communities where students take several classes together in similar disciplines and some courses share assignments.
- CEHD Reads (common book that everyone reads) to challenge student to grapple with social or critical issues.
The Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference is a free conference open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses.
Organized by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning, Instructional Development Services (UMD), and the University Libraries.
March 25, 2011
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3M Auditorium, CSOM, Twin Cities campus (map)
Note that one of the poster sessions is presented by Jody Gray and Laura Dale Bischof.
- Academic research support for a global community
Gray, Jody; Laura Dale Bischof (Twin Cities)