Tuesday’s Center for International Education Forum and Workshop explored the importance of international competence within global citizenship, a concept currently being worked into Webster’s curriculum. Darla Deardorff, executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, an organization based at Duke University, led the forum.
Deardorff facilitated several break-out group discussions concerning the skill sets necessary for developing global citizens in the 21st century, the importance of addressing intercultural competence in our courses and study programs, and the importance for students to be “global-ready,” among other topics.
She said intercultural competence begins with cultivating the attitudes of respect, openness and tolerance of other cultures, emphasizing the “golden rule” of treating others as you would wish to be treated doesn’t necessarily work in a cross-cultural environment where it’s better to follow the “platinum rule” — treat others as they would like to be treated.
A key ingredient in the transformational process of the curriculum is supporting the faculty throughout the transformation, says Faculty Development Center coordinator Brad Wolaver.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” Wolaver says. “We facilitate opportunities for faculty to engage one another and learn in a collaborative environment about how to apply these new skills and knowledge areas directly to their courses.”