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How is intercultural competency affected by educational programming and living in a diverse community

How is Intercultural Competency Affected by Educational Programming and Living in a Diverse Community?

Presenters: Nathan Elliot and Faythe Aiken, University Village


Who lives at university village

Who Lives at University Village?


Who lives at university village1

Who Lives at University Village?


Who lives at university village2

Who Lives at University Village?


How does village staff serve this diverse community

How does Village staff serve this diverse community?


Programming

Programming


Connection

Connection

  • Make residents aware of campus and South Bend events and resources

  • Create and maintain social spaces throughout the complex

  • Programming


Notre dame mission

Notre Dame Mission

  • “Residential life endeavors to develop that sense of community and of responsibility that prepares students for subsequent leadership in building a society that is at once more human and more divine.”


The importance of intercultural competence

The Importance of Intercultural Competence

  • Moving beyond a US-centric approach or “when in Rome…” (Bennett, 2001, p.6)

  • Supporting Graduate Students to “eradicate marginalization among underrepresented populations.”(Guentzel & Nesheim 2006, p.52)

  • “Diversity leads to higher performance only when members were able to understand each other, combine, and build on each other’s ideas" (Maznevski, 1994, p. 536)


Intercultural research

Intercultural Research

  • Unique demographic in graduate housing with a significant gap in research

  • Previous research involves: international business, study abroad, expatriates living abroad (Norris, 2007)

  • One in twenty students are international – with an average of 5% growth over the last five years (Open Doors, 2011)


Intercultural competence measures

Intercultural Competence Measures

  • Openness – the ability to be open to the other and to situations in which something is done differently (Norris, 2007, p.7)

  • Knowledge – the characteristic of not only wanting to know the hard facts about a situation or about a certain culture but also wanting to know something about the feelings of the other person (Ibid, p.7)

  • Adaptability – describes the ability to adapt one’s behavior and one’s style of communication (Ibid, p.7)


Research questions

Research Questions

  • Does our programming increase intercultural competence?

  • What other factors influence competence?

  • Does merely living in proximity to others that are different affect competence?


Research findings

Research Findings


Research discussion

Research Discussion

  • Recruited population interest

  • Recruited population self-reports

  • Post-Test expectations significance in events attended quantity and variety

  • Insignificant findings

    • Average scores between US and International residents

    • Average scores between occupancy time


Future possibilities

Future possibilities

  • Research

    • Larger sample of residents

    • Contrast Graduate Housing with Undergraduate Housing

    • Tie more explicitly to desired outcomes for ND graduates , by school or at University level


Future possibilities1

Future Possibilities

  • Programming/Staff Initiatives

    • Partner with other departments to deepen intercultural programming

    • Examine ways to integrate intercultural components into ‘social’ and other programming

    • Continue to keep cross-cultural programming at the center of events


Discussion

Discussion

  • Questions?

  • How does intercultural competence relate to your work?

  • How can we incorporate the process of intercultural competence into our programs?


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