Spring 2015 Skills Institutes
SIS 633-006 Applied Intercultural Relations Research: Strategies for Developing Winning Proposals and Workable Programs
with Dr. Joshua Joseph
January 24-25, 2015
IC SKILLS INSTITUTE – Let’s be honest, many promising ideas don’t work perfectly or even well right out of the box. It's one thing to write a proposal, design a study or develop a program. It's another to make it viable, with a real chance of getting funded and ultimately working. How do we get from here to there? While there are no guarantees, the process doesn't have to be hit or miss. This interactive two-day skills institute covers four key steps in developing workable strategies for change and combines them with hands-on practice at each step and plenty of group feedback along the way. The process is easily adaptable and can be used to help clarify what almost any initiative is trying to accomplish, identify critical barriers to change and surface assumptions about what's likely to work, what isn't and why.
SIS 633-004 16th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations
March 12-13, 2015
IC SKILLS INSTITUTE – The 16th Annual IMI Conference is a two-day interactive dialogue and debate on the dynamic field of intercultural management and communication, bringing together business, education, and training professionals while covering a broad range of topics. This year’s conference will be a vibrant exploration of global business management, training methodologies, global organizational development, and conflict management, as well as many other compelling and timely topics. A unique opportunity for professional development, the IMI Conference is both academic and applicable to current topics in cross-cultural communication and training. Diverse program offerings include lectures, panel discussions, interactive simulation exercises, and roundtables.
SIS 633-005 Integrated Diplomacy, Defense & Development: A Retrospective
with Ray Leki, Adjunct Instructor, School of International Service, American University
March 21-22, 2015
IC SKILLS INSTITUTE – The events of the last decade created a need to integrate diplomatic, military, and development assistance efforts within the U.S. government. Working together has become a necessity; exposing military personnel, development workers, implementing partners and officials involved in diplomacy from a wide variety of agencies to one another. That collaboration does not come easily, as it tests the organizational cultures, assumptions, values, thought processes and behaviors of three rough groupings from within the same national culture and strategic mission while operating in very different cultures overseas. The presenter, a witness and participant in those intercultural exchanges will provide an overview of the challenges faced and engage participants in a reality-based case studies and scenarios involving cultural clashes that needed to be negotiated. This skills institute will involve participants in both thoughtful reflection and analysis of these efforts to date and some and generate projections on the future of integrated diplomacy, defense, and development.
SIS 633-003 Building Mediator Capacity in a Multicultural Context
withGururaj Kumar, Training and Policy Program Director, ICONS Project, University of Maryland, and Jared Ordway, Senior Practitioner, Catalyst, IpF
IC SKILLS INSTITUTE - To successfully tackle the challenges of today's multicultural academic and professional landscape, individuals must be able to facilitate difficult conversations and manage conflict effectively. Building the capacity to mediate successfully with differing cultural perspectives is a critical component for creating and maintaining sustainable relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Designed as an interactive workshop, this institute provides participants with essential cross-cultural conflict management skills for building collaborative relationships when working with individuals and groups in conflict. Using hands-on exercises and simulation role-plays, participants will identify and analyze personal approaches to conflict, increase their cross-cultural competency, build their capacity as mediators, facilitators, and problem-solvers, and learn to transform conflict into opportunity. This course is designed for students and professional who are preparing to work or are already working in multicultural environments including schools, NGOs, corporations, and government agencies.