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Here at Queen’s, we have the opportunity to engage daily with cultural diversity, both visible and invisible. If we want to positively embrace the difference in values, behaviours, and beliefs that diversity represents, that is, if we want to be part of an inclusive community, we need to increase our knowledge around cultural difference and similarity … we need to build our skills in engaging with cultural difference … we need to become more interculturally competent. While at university, students  can take part in a wide variety of activities that will build their intercultural competence, and that will prepare them for the world they will live in after they leave Queen’s.  QUIC offers students many opportunities to begin to gain the skills and knowledge that will help them to live and to work more effectively in an intercultural setting.

Intercultural Awareness Training

Intercultural Awareness Certificate

QUIC and the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre invite students to participate in this five-part series of workshops which will help them to recognize that gaining intercultural awareness requires a commitment to life-long learning. At the end of the training they will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of culture and apply this concept to evaluate their own personal cultures;
  • Identify various dimensions of culture that will help them effectively engage in an intercultural context;
  • Practise various skills that will help them be more effective in intercultural interactions;
  • Recognize their own strengths and challenges when interacting with cultural commonality and difference; and
  • Evaluate their experiences with cultural difference and commonality in order to continue the development of their intercultural competence.
  • Gain greater awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture; and
  • Gain greater understanding and empathy for the lived experience of Western colonialism by Indigenous peoples in the Americas.

Participants must attend five 90 minute workshops, or three 150 minute workshops, in order to receive a certificate. Workshops are repeated in the Fall and Winter Terms. You can see the full schedule here. Space is limited; reserve your place by emailing

Workshops Descriptions:

  1. Intercultural begins with you: Participants will be introduced to basic concepts of intercultural learning, with an emphasis on the importance of knowing one’s own cultural self as a means to understanding and appreciating the culture of others, and thus gaining intercultural competence.
  2. Between cultures – it takes a skill or two: In this workshop, we will continue to look at dimensions of culture – how we communicate and how we respond to difference – and how they affect our intercultural interactions. Participants will learn Janet Bennett’s Describe-Interpret-Evaluate (D.I.E.) method for dealing with human interactions, as well as possible links between intercultural communication and effective interactions.
  3. Thinking about your intercultural competence – an introduction to the Intercultural Development Continuum: The Intercultural Development Continuum, or IDC, was developed by Dr. Mitchell Hammer; the IDC outlines different stages of intercultural competence, or ‘mindsets’. This workshop will introduce you to the IDC; it will help you to recognize characteristics of the various mindsets identified in the IDC, both in yourselves and in those around you.
  4. Indigenous Culture & Experience – KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Queen’s Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre will present an interactive learning experience that teaches Indigenous rights history. The Kairos Blanket Exercise covers 500 years of history in a ninety minute participatory workshop. Participants will take-on the roles of Indigenous and Settler peoples in Canada and experience pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance.
  5. Indigenous Culture & Experience – Cultural Safety Training: This session is comprised of two parts. The first part focuses on the diversity of Indigenous communities and peoples. Participants explore the concept of self-identity, the context of proper terminology to use when referring or speaking with Indigenous peoples. Participants are also guided to reflect and share their uniqueness, what gifts they carry as individuals, and methods of cross-communication through reflection. The session also utilizes the cultural framework model by taking the group through the Indigenous paradigm and comparing it to the dominant Western society. In the second part, participants explore the concept of issues in urban settings, why Indigenous Peoples choose not to self-identify. The group will further discuss and reflect on their individual stereotypes and biases they carry, along with societal privileges. Participants will also explore the ideology of creating empathetic relationships and collaborating with members of Indigenous communities.
2018-19 Schedule
Series 1 (Fall 2018) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16; 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: QUIC (in the John Deutsch University Centre), Churchill Hall

Series 2 (Fall 2018) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct, 18; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location: QUIC (in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC)), Churchill Hall

Series 3 (Fall 2018) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov 21, Nov. 28; 2:30 – 4:00pm

Location: QUIC (in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC)), Churchill Hall

Series 4 (Fall 2018) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 17, Nov. 24. Dec. 1; 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: QUIC (in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC)), Churchill Hall

Series 5 (Winter 2019) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12; 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of the new Mitchell Hall)

Series 6 (Winter 2019) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of the new Mitchell Hall)

Series 7 (Winter 2019) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Tuesdays, Mar.5, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Mar. 26, April 2; 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of the new Mitchell Hall)

Series 8 (Winter 2019) – CURRENTLY FULL

Dates: Thursdays, Mar.7, Mar. 14, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, April 4; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of the new Mitchell Hall)

Participants are asked to attend all the workshops of a single series. All sessions take place in QUIC’s Churchill Hall. Intercultural Competence Certificate Resource List


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