Program Objectives

Campus Diversity Goals

  • Employing a developmental, systemic approach to ensure that we become an interculturally competent campus that is inclusive and welcoming of ALL students, staff and faculty
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse campus community
  • Graduating ALL students with the skills they need to thrive in a global, multicultural and interdependent world
  • Creating a diverse connected alumni, which diversifies (and therefore increases) our possible gift opportunities
  • Becoming a recognized institution/regional leader in campus intercultural development
  • An outcome of these efforts will be an increase in the number of underrepresented students for whom Champlain College is the institution of choice

Successfully achieving these goals involves:

  • A senior leadership led and supported vision and plan- (Congratulations, Champlainers, We have this!! please view Champlain's strategic plan here)
  • Clear ownership and accountability for initiatives (We are getting there!)
  • Measurable outcomes and consistent evaluation
  • Campus wide buy in and understanding of foundational terms, concepts, challenges and opportunities - (We are on the way and that is what intercultural U is all about)
  • Skill enhancement and acquisition for faculty, staff and students (Again, that is what intercultural U is all about)

Intercultural Certification Program Objectives

As part of a larger systemic effort to develop intercultural competence, the diversity/intercultural certification program seeks to:

  • To develop a group of peer trainers/facilitators that can adapt key intercultural concepts to their specific work situations and serve as intercultural resources for their departments and divisions
  • To create a critical mass of people with a foundational theory and research supported knowledge of interculturalism
  • To begin/expand a grassroots discussion about interculturalism on campus that allows everyone to come to the table in an open and authentic manner
  • To continue building capacity for strategic visioning and planning for campus intercultural development
  • To ensure that intercultural efforts are truly campus wide by having champions and advocates within various campus stakeholder groups and at all campus levels

Intercultural U Certification Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of the program, certified diversity trainers/facilitators will be able to:

  • Explain the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
  • Identify the first three stages of the model
  • Apply the Developmental approach in their intercultural efforts
  • Articulate the challenges faced by non dominant populations on our campus and in society
  • Describe the differences and overlaps between a cultural and societal focus and the need to include both foci in any intercultural plan
  • Conduct diversity training and facilitate diversity dialogues
  • Recognize and better manage their own personal triggers
  • Recognize personal ethnocentric responses and monolithic representations of others
  • Identity and apply tools and strategies for stereotype and prejudice reduction
  • Describe the role of culture and identity in interactions and conflict