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Intercultural Certificate

We will be offering the Intercultural Certificate remotely for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters. We're currently working on the best way to deliver the modules virtually and we'll provide more information as it becomes available.

If you're interested in completing the Intercultural Certificate, you can pre-register now and we'll email you as more details are finalized. 

When you pre-register you can also share your preferred days and times to take the Intercultural Certificate, which will help us with our planning.

The Intercultural Certificate strives to support participants' development of intercultural skills, knowledge and attitudes that stimulate a commitment to lifelong learning and strengthen their ability to support and understand a globally diverse world.

The Intercultural Certificate consists of six 90-minute modules, which focuses on the following topics:

  1. Introduction to concepts of culture: An exploration of culture as a concept, how it affects all people and societies and influences their life, work, and study; and differing tools, including cultural dimensions that help to bridge, appreciate and leverage difference.
  2. Introduction to exploring one’s own culture: An introduction to exploring how one’s own background, identity and lived experience influences one’s values, attitudes and behaviours; and culture as distinct from personality, identity and human behaviour.
  3. Exploring difference: An exploration of power and privilege as concepts and how they impact interactions across cultural difference; exploration of micro-aggressions with a focus on impact vs. intent to support working effectively across difference, and an introduction of examples of resistance and rejection of culture
  4. Introduction to intercultural communication: An understanding of cultural communication styles – the impact of one’s filters and how their style impacts others.
  5. Introduction to cultural adaptation: An introduction to the process of cultural adaptation and cognitive dissonance, adjustment and adaptation strategies to support relationship building and good health.
  6. Lifelong intercultural learning: An opportunity to review learning and create strategies to further develop and practice intercultural recognizing that intercultural learning is a lifelong process.

The delivery of the program uses an active learning approach and is free of charge to registered Laurier students, including exchange students, and you can get Laurier Experience Record credit for it.

The Intercultural Certificate was introduced in 2015/16 by Laurier International in partnership with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Teaching and Learning.

Dates

Sessions will be offered  in both fall and winter terms. Students must attend all six modules in order to receive the Intercultural Certificate. We are still finalizing the dates and will have that information available soon.