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Webinar: Culturally Bound: Developing Interculturally Competent Leaders
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When: May 9, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: United States
Contact: NODA

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Culturally Bound: Developing Interculturally Competent Leaders

Presented By:

Virginia Cabrera - Program Assistant of Orientation Programs, Orientation Programs, Purdue University

May 9, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST / 2:00 pm -3:00 pm EST

Developing interculturally competent leaders can be a challenge. This presentation will describe a new professional’s journey in utilizing an intercultural competency assessment tool called the Intercultural Development Inventory with over 100 student leaders and how she navigated the learning curve in working with students who have minimal exposure to culture.

Culture is central to our everyday lives, but we may not notice it if we’re not engaging with it and intentionally reflecting on cultural differences and similarities between ourselves and others. This live briefing will provide participants an overview about the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment tool and its use in helping student leaders develop more intercultural competency. The IDI assessment is a nationally used assessment that breaks down a student's level of intercultural competency into five main stages on a continuum and provides students with a personal plan for increasing their intercultural competency. This assessment has been an instrumental framework for which to spark diversity and cultural conversations with over 100 student leaders.

Furthermore, this presentation will provide tips on how professionals can maximize their professional development in a particular area to better serve the needs of their student leaders, while enhancing collaborations with campus partners. The IDI is just one effective tool for increasing intercultural competency in our students.

Virginia Cabrera serves as a program assistant of orientation at Purdue University and hails from New Jersey. Primarily, she coordinates Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi), Purdue University’s new student orientation program for international students. Virginia joined the Orientation Programs team directly after completing her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers University, a fellow Big 10 institution. Prior to working at Purdue, Virginia worked at the University of Connecticut Wellness and Prevention Services Department, Student Activities Programs Office, the Rainbow Center, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Services Center.

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