Global education leaders hold second workshop on how to bridge siloed approaches in intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion on January 28-29. The first workshop in December met capacity immediately, and we are thankful to offer the sessions again. Read about the initiative below and register through Dickinson College.
CARLISLE, PA, Dec. 4, 2020 – Dickinson College and the Institute of International Education (IIE) today announced an innovative, new partnership to provide much-needed training opportunities that go beyond cultural awareness education and instead reimagine an international education framework that incorporates global, intercultural and equity inclusion lenses. Dickinson and IIE will kick off this new partnership with “Moving from Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership,” a workshop in inclusivity and intercultural competency geared toward higher education professionals, faculty members and international educators across sectors, including NGOs, foundations and federal government agencies from around the world, whose work requires advanced knowledge and skills in support of equitable, global community building.
“This partnership represents a merging of strengths between two powerhouse organizations with shared missions related to global education, engagement and knowledge exchange. Together, we are poised to build something great and far-reaching,” said Dickinson College President Margee M. Ensign, for whom building intercultural competence skills at the undergraduate level has been a chief priority since joining Dickinson in 2017. “To accomplish the goal of building inclusive and equitable global communities, we need to find a way to fuse diversity, equity and inclusion skills, best practices and pedagogy with intercultural competency and global learning. This means opening a space for a different way of thinking about our work, our international partnerships and the role that we play in bringing marginalized voices into the discussion,” said Ensign.
According to Samantha Brandauer, associate provost and executive director of Dickinson’s Center for Global Study & Engagement, U.S. higher education and international education have been critiqued for “talking the talk but not walking the walk” when it comes to inclusivity and equity work. “By not addressing larger and more global systemic issues of inequity with local resonance, such as social justice, racism and climate change, institutions reinforce and exacerbate the world’s existing inequities and disparities,” said Brandauer.
Dickinson and IIE believe one of the ways to begin to address these challenges is to find the intersection between intercultural and global learning and diversity, equity and inclusion—work that has been traditionally siloed. At Dickinson, this intersection is highlighted by the close collaboration between Brandauer and Amer Ahmed, interim executive director of equity & inclusivity and visiting lecturer in intercultural studies, who co-chair the President's Commission on Inclusivity, which will become a new All-College Committee of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Experts including Brandauer and Ahmed believe the lack of collaboration between two important fields of inquiry has allowed ethnocentrism to go uncritiqued in diversity, equity and inclusion work and discussions of power and privilege to go unchecked in intercultural circles. The partnership between Dickinson and IIE aims to bridge the gap by bringing practitioners, scholars and learners from across disciplines, backgrounds and cultures together to create new knowledge, best practices and collaborative approaches that grapple with the complexity of building trust and equity across cultures.
“This is a unique and important moment to be delving into the intersection of intercultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion, both of which are core to IIE’s values. Dickinson is just the right partner to be working with, and we have an opportunity to make a real difference, starting with this workshop,” stated IIE’s President and CEO, Allan Goodman.
Workshop registration is currently open via the Dickinson College website.
About Dickinson College
Dickinson College is a long-recognized and award-winning leader in global education and study abroad with unique strengths at the intersection of global and intercultural learning and diversity, equity and inclusion. It is the only two-time winner of NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, regarded as the pinnacle of achievements in global education. Dickinson is a nationally recognized liberal-arts college chartered in 1783 in Carlisle, Pa. The highly selective college is home to 2,300 students from across the nation and around the world. In addition to global education at home and abroad, defining characteristics of a Dickinson education include a focus the environment and sustainability, which is integrated into the curriculum and the campus and exemplifies the college’s commitment to providing an education for the common good. www.dickinson.edu
Established in 1919, IIE is a global not-for-profit that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide. IIE collaborates with a range of corporate, government and foundation partners across the globe to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training and leadership development programs. IIE has a network of 18 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,400 member institutions.
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