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Kristina Thompson

2010 Conference Presenter

International Student Advisor, international Student and Scholar Services, American University

As an International Student Advisor at American University’s International Student and Scholar Services office, Kristina coordinates intercultural programming and advises international students about immigration regulations. Programs that Ms. Thompson works with include international student orientation, AU’s “TALK” intercultural discussion program, the AU Diplomats Program, and the annual campus International Festival. She also advises the university’s International Student Leadership Team. Ms. Thompson has a Master’s degree in International Training and Education from American University. She has worked at American University’s International Student and Scholar Services office since 1999. Her previous experience in the international education field includes working with the Humphrey Fellows program at the University of Minnesota and working for 2 years as a health educator in Benin, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer.


Engaging Voluntary Participation on an Intercultural Discussion Program: A Case Study of TALK

Presenters: Brigitte Basile, TALK Program Coordinator, Office of International Student and Scholar Services, American University; Kristina Thompson, International Student Advisor, Office of International Student and Scholar Services, American University; Heidi Ashton-Yoon, Assistant Director, Office of Program Development, School of International Service, American University
Track: International Education and Exchange; Experiential Learning
Level: Beg/Int
Delivery: Case Study & Skills Workshop
Keywords: Volunteer Cross-Cultural Programs
Date/Time: TBD

Are you trying to find a way to bring two or more groups of culturally diverse students/coworkers/clients together so they can learn to understand one another better? What kinds of obstacles are you finding in your endeavor? Join us to learn more about the TALK program at American University and best practices we have cultivated over the past seven years.

TALK is a voluntary eight-week program that brings groups of U.S. and international students together and engages them in informal facilitated conversations about culture and intercultural communication. Some session topics include cultural identity, cultural values orientations, culture and conflict, and intercultural relationships. Through experiential learning activities, participants discover the impact of culture on their daily lives and enhance their intercultural awareness and understanding.

In this workshop, presenters will engage the audience in a mini TALK session including debrief. We will then share best practices and various ways of adapting the program model for non-university environments. Applicable to international educators, intercultural program facilitators, diversity trainers, intercultural management consultants, and others.