Intercultural Training

Intercultural training offered by the QUIC aims to encourage you to consider the influence of culture on your perspectives and interactions, and to better equip you to understand and appreciate cultural points of view besides your own. The QUIC also offers a free training series where you can earn an Intercultural Awareness Certificate (IAC). 

Upcoming Training Dates:

    Series 3 Register Now

    • 27-Feb Tuesdays 13:30–15:30 Session 1
    • 5-Mar Tuesdays 13:30–15:30 Session 2
    • 12-Mar Tuesdays 13:30–15:30 Session 3
    • 19-Mar Tuesdays 13:30–15:30 Session 4
    • 26-Mar Tuesdays 13:30–15:30 Session 5

    Series 4 Register Now

    • 29 Feb Thursdays 10:30–12:30 Session 1
    • 7-Mar Thursdays 10:30–12:30 Session 2
    • 14-Mar Thursdays 10:30–12:30 Session 3
    • 21-Mar Thursdays 10:30–12:30 Session 4
    • 28-Mar Thursdays 10:30–12:30 Session 5

    Intercultural Awareness Certificate

    Participate in a five-part series of workshops which will help you recognize that intercultural awareness requires a commitment to lifelong learning. You will get the opportunity to:

    • Describe the concept of culture and consider how it applies to your own experiences
    • Become familiar with several dimensions of culture that will help you to navigate new or unfamiliar cultural environments
    • Learn techniques and skills that promote a reflective approach to interacting with, or within, new or unfamiliar cultures
    • Share your culture(s) and experience with your cohort

    To receive a certificate participants must attend five 120-minute workshops in a specific series. Series are offered in the fall and winter terms. Space is limited.

    If you have any questions or you would like to reserve a space, please email quic.training@queensu.ca.

    Session One

    You will be introduced to basic concepts of intercultural learning and theory, with an emphasis on how culture can frame experience and perception.

    Session Two

    You will learn how values and beliefs are tied to expectations and interpretations of interpersonal interactions.

    Session Three

    This session draws attention to how the cultures we’re connected to can overlap and interact with other cultures in ways we may not be aware of, particularly in the context of colonialism.

    Session Four

    In this workshop, we will look at how we communicate and respond to difference. You will be introduced to the R.D.I. approach to navigating cross-cultural interactions, and consider empathic approaches to communication.

    Session Five

    In the final session, you will apply the knowledge and ideas covered in previous sessions towards towards two collective self-reflection exercises, with an emphasis on how the material and concepts have affected you.

    Train the Trainer Program

     

    The QUIC Train the Trainer program aims to train a cohort of Queen’s student volunteers to deliver a 60-minute Considering Culture Intercultural Awareness workshop to Queen’s student participants.

    Anticipated time commitment: 1.5 hours per week / 12 weeks per term

    Volunteer responsibilities:

    • Be available to attend QUIC 3T orientation, training sessions, and meetings
    • Deliver at least 1 Considering Culture session per term, either online or in person
    • Provide feedback to other student volunteers
    • Provide feedback to 3T program facilitator
    • Engage with fellow trainees

    Qualifications:

    • Currently enrolled at Queen’s University
    • Have completed the QUIC Intercultural Awareness Certificate
    • Good communication skills, or willingness to develop such skills
    • Curious, open-minded, and with an appreciation of diversity and respect towards cultural difference
    • Have access to a personal communication device (tablet, computer, etc.) and dependable internet connection

    Benefits:

    • Increased understanding of Intercultural Awareness theory and concepts
    • Increased abilities in public speaking, and group engagement in workshop delivery (online and in person)
    • Opportunity to connect with peers on campus
    • 3T program facilitator will act as personal reference upon request

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, please email the QUIC International Training Coordinator at lee.richard@queensu.ca.

    Considering Culture Workshops

    The Considering Culture workshop is a fun and interactive 60-minute workshop where you can learn about how culture can influence the way we see the world, and gives you an opportunity to meet and talk with other students. Sessions will be held at the QUIC. Sessions for the winter term have now concluded, but check on this page for updates on potential sessions during the 2023 summer term.

    If you have any questions about the Considering Culture workshop, please email the QUIC International Training Coordinator at lee.richard@queensu.ca.