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Where Respect Happens: University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Intercultural Conversations

Friday, July 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The New Student Enrollment (NSE) Office at University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted a program inside seven sorority and fraternity chapter houses this year called Intercultural Conversations. The program had 232 international and domestic student participants spread throughout the chapters who explored culture, behavior, and worldviews using conversation cards, self-reflection, and small-group exercises. The initiative empowered students to identify cultural differences and similarities; analyze how culture affects behaviors, relationships, and campus experiences; and describe the relationship between cultural competence and effective leadership. 

After the program, participants reported feeling more comfortable engaging with difference. They also reported an increased understanding of how culture shapes behavior and an increased desire to participate in international engagement programs. Given the year-long pilot's success, coordinators plan to involve additional chapters in future semesters and add components beyond the two-hour facilitation, such as service learning and group meals. "International Conversations" was named NODA Region V Innovative Program this year.



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