Communications Office: Stephen Mease
Champlain College faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Spring 2013 Intercultural University, a certificate program created by Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Ame Lambert. Intercultural U focuses on the personal cultural and societal aspects of diversity and inclusion. "Diversity is diverse," stated Lambert, "One may blatantly accept, 'That's just that individual's personality,' but never assess why one may think or act the way they do. An individual's thoughts and actions are all bi-products of aspects of their diversity."
Lambert says Intercultural U offers a societal experience where one gets to learn about why individuals behave the way they do, whether it be a result of their sex, ethnic culture, geographical region, education, language, religion, or level of physical and mental ability. "Diversity is very present in a college environment - in the classroom, workplace, residence halls, and enrolled student body. It is important to get a better understanding of how to treat, teach, and communicate with diverse individuals," she explained.
"Intercultural U is a 26-hour program over a ten week period to achieve a resume building certificate to bring skills and knowledge of diversity and culture to your workplace and everyday life," she said.
Champlain College participants who earned a certificate in the fall of 2012 include:
Graduates of the program praised the interaction and learning opportunities. Besides the knowledge they gained, many said it was great for social engagement and getting to know other Champlain faculty and staff. "Intercultural U continues to be a safe place to have honest, deep discussions where participants get to know each other on a personal level. Participants bring everything they have to the table because they could expect equal interest and intellectual participation from their peers," said Lambert.
The next Intercultural U begins in early February. To register or get more information, contact Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 860-2784. To register online, visit http://www.champlain.edu/Office-of-Diversity-and-Inclusion/Intercultural-U/How-to-Participate-x15160.html
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.