Proposed Intercultural U Learning Modules

All Modules are 2 hours, with the exception of a day at the movies Part A and B - each of these sessions is 1.5 hours

Introduction, Reframing and the Complexity Challenge

Let's set the stage and discuss our basic framework, define terms and discuss rules of engagement. What are your burning questions? What do you hope to get out of the learning process?

Interpersonal Interactions

We all know our MBTI type. Some know their DISC types or color personality too. Great!! Have you ever heard of the FIRO-B and the way your FIRO-B type affects perceptions and interactions in groups? This is one more lens to look at interpersonal behavior through and you can never have too many of those!!

Culture and Culture Generalizations

What is culture? How can we non -judgmentally look at cultural values? Session will include communication and conflict styles, non verbal behavior, language and values.

The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) and the Intercultural Development inventory (IDI)

Let's understand where people actions and words might be coming from and then work to systemically move them (and ourselves) forward. That is what the DMIS (a stage model of cognitive development) is all about and that is what the Inventory helps us do.

Cultural Adaptations and Some Culture Specific Information

Now that we have a framework, what happens? What we can do when we recognize that people from different cultural backgrounds are in our group or department? How can we respond to their needs? Do we know our own cultural bent? Let's make it real by looking specifically at a few cultures represented in our community

Society and Identity

Society has socially constructed a number of hierarchical categories. How does this affect identity? What groups do I belong to? Where am I dominant, non dominant? What does this mean for me? Where do I have blinders?

A Day at the Movies (Part 1 and 2) "Terror in Mumbai" and "Cripps and Bloods: Made in America"

Watch these two compelling documentaries, followed by a discussion about the common themes running through both stories and what, if anything we can do about it.

Society and Outcomes

Documentary Debrief continued if needed. Does societal group membership affect how we end up? If yes, why and what can we do about it? If no, why do people say it does and how can we get them to see differently?

Society and the individual

Does my group membership affect me as an individual? Let's explore the intersection between psychological theories and societal group affiliation


Time to pause and just breathe. A lot of information has been discussed and presented. Let's process. What do we want to revisit? What burning questions or discussion points should we explore?

Emotional Intelligence, Conflict and Diversity

The personal triggers get us every time. We react emotionally based on our histories, experiences, master narratives and stereotypical pictures we have passively or actively developed. Difference can be scary, nerve racking and anxiety producing. What do we do with all of these bits and pieces? How do we self manage to help us succeed across difference?

Question and Answers (if needed)

This is about for and by the participants. If participants want an extra session to just discuss or ask specific questions, this is it

What does it all mean and what's next?

We have spent an incredible amount of time together over the last several months. Thank you all. But what do we do now and next? How does this not just become some nice, distant memory? How does it affect our lives, our work, departments and campus? How do we leverage the energy in the group to move the campus closer towards our goals?