Fostering Intercultural Competence through Holistic Program Design
Description: Many educational programs have the development of intercultural competence for participants as a primary goal yet they do not effectively incorporate intercultural content, processes, and contextual factors into the program design. In this interactive session, session attendees will learn about a holistic whole-person model of program design in which U.S. and international participants in a semester-long international exchange program for mid-career professionals learn about intercultural theory, engage in intercultural activities, and continuously reflect upon their experiences abroad as a means to create sustainable and impactful personal and professional growth. Session attendees will leave the session with specific activities and strategies that they can use to foster intercultural development in their own work.
Holly Emert, Ph. D
Assistant Director, Global Teacher Programs Division, Institute of International Education
Holly Emert, Ph.D., is an Assistant Director in the Global Teacher Programs Division at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC. At IIE she manages the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in partnership with the program sponsor, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Fulbright Commissions, Ministries of Education, U.S. Embassies and other program partners abroad. She has extensive experience working in the areas of international education programming; intercultural/diversity training;international development; research design and analysis; evaluation and K-16 teaching both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Emert is a former teacher who has taught in the U.S., China and also in France via the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education, International and Intercultural Education focus, from the University of Minnesota in 2008.