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Other Skills Institutes Offered


Embassies in Washington face a unique challenge as they try to advocate and advance their national interests to the complex community that influences and makes U.S. foreign policy. This course describes and analyzes the actors in the national security process, including traditional institutions such the National Security Council, State Department, Department of Defense, other agencies, and Congress; it will describe the important role played by non-governmental actors, including think tanks and the media.
It also offers practical advice on how to “work” the process, with case studies and experiential, hands-on exercises in key diplomatic skills, including:

  • targeting key interlocutors, building contacts, and crafting a public diplomacy strategy.


This course will share effective personal security strategies for participants who envision moving into a highly mobile and international life and career. The basics of personal security, the dynamics of safety and security across cultures, and the phenomena of coping with business security threats on an office and organizational level will be covered. Participants will take away a personal security strategy and an awareness of the dynamics of coping with personal and organizational crises in international settings.


This workshop will explore communication styles and use role-play to simulate a difficult presentation. The simulation is intended to be challenging to groom and strengthen skills for an actual presentation. The practitioners will learn control techniques to structure and deliver a clear message with sensitive or critical information and quickly organize a compelling response to a high-level or aggressive audience. This workshop is a great opportunity to make your mistakes and develop your presentation skills with intelligent audience feedback.


The 15th Annual Intercultural Management Institute 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.


So you have this GREAT idea for a new study or program. But before investing a lot of time, maybe you’d like to flesh it out a bit, kick the tires and see if it’s “proposal ready” with a real chance to get funded and have impact? While there are no guarantees, this process doesn’t have to be hit or miss and it can even be fun. An impact model, often called a theory of change, can be the difference maker.

How is it done? This Institute covers the key steps in developing a useful impact model. It combines demonstrations with plenty of time for hands-on practice and group feedback along the way. Bring your budding proposals to discuss. Participants will come away with a clear and useful approach for moving their research and program ideas forward, while improving chances for success.


What does it mean to be a "trainer"? What are the skills necessary to be effective with diverse populations, including children? Effective intercultural training must first be effective training. This Institute will review the unique combination of skills necessary for effective and responsible intercultural training with an experienced practitioner and provide participants with an opportunity to work on training designs for a variety of intercultural training challenges.


In times of international crisis, public diplomats often serve as first responders bearing two vital responsibilities: to reactively inform concerned publics of facts on the ground and to proactively shape public perceptions so that events may be seen in a certain light. This course introduces students to the high-stakes environment of managing crises under the intense scrutiny of international audiences. Under the guidance of experienced facilitators using simulations based on real events, it develops appreciation for the advantages and challenges of dealing with a multiplicity of actors with access to information in real time, and the increased frequency of private-public collaborations in crisis management.


This course is an intensive practicum for individuals engaged in or aspiring to a leadership role in a global, cross-cultural setting. The practicum addresses important cross-cultural aspects of global leadership and related subjects such as diversity management, teamwork, decision making, and negotiations. Drawing from "real-life" international work situations and challenges, participants will be exposed to case studies and small-group activities designed to articulate and reconcile cross-cultural business/organizational dilemmas.

Pre-institute individual questionnaires will supply case material relevant to the practicum's participants as a means of making the course as relevant as possible to the individual's work situation or career interests. This Institute is designed only for students who have completed basic coursework in Intercultural Communication, and who preferably have worked in an international setting.


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.


Negotiating effectively is a critical area of human endeavor, and in today’s global world, an essential activity that is profoundly affected by culture. Simply put, different cultures negotiate differently and interculturalists at all levels today must master both the discipline of positive negotiating and culture’s impact on the process. This course will look at both negotiation and cultural theory in today’s global environment, and provide attendees with the opportunity to develop their skills at both by using role plays and other techniques.


In today's organizations, a range of creative, holistic approaches are needed to prevent, understand, and transform conflict. Holistic approaches meet difference with dialogue, integrating intuition with analysis to inform collaborative processes. In this intensive course, participants will learn ways to work across cultural and worldview differences by drawing on a range of creative tools such as using art, the power of storytelling, and improv techniques and approaches. This course builds on previous skills institutes offered this fall, and is designed to further explore the unique combination of skills necessary for effective intercultural training. Guest facilitators will enrich this institute by providing training on various techniques.


This institute will explore effective communication skills and problem-solving techniques to utilize when working with teams whose members are from more than one cultural background. Interpersonal and organizational approaches will be examined to help participants create tools for recognizing their strengths and developing cohesion among multicultural teams and individual team members, while acknowledging the contexts in which teams often function.


Simulations, games and experiential exercises are widely-used, effective learning tools in the area of intercultural training. Whether the sole focus of a training session or simply a training component, these exercises are used to enhance learning opportunities for participants. This two-day skills institute combines the theory behind the use of experiential exercises with the practice. Participants will not only take part in a mix of exercises, but will also learn the pros and cons of using such exercises, as well as effective setup and debriefing techniques. The seminar will also address such issues as safety, ethics, and confidentiality. Additionally, participants will gain awareness of the deeper cultural elements brought to light by these types of exercises. This institute is designed for students or practitioners interested in the field of intercultural training or in expanding their familiarity with using such exercises. The workshop will be conducted by IMI faculty members with extensive experience in both creating and conducting experiential exercises for the intercultural training of hundreds of clients across the business, nonprofit, educational and governmental sectors.


This interactive seminar will focus on purposes and work of the international student advisor. Students in this seminar will be provided conceptual foundation and practical knowledge and skills to understand the role and responsibility of the international student advisor. Topics include cross-cultural counseling and advising, crisis management, administration and ethical responsibilities. The substance of F-1 immigration regulations and procedures will be covered in this seminar. In this intensive course, students will develop skills by using case studies.


This seminar is intended for students or practitioners in the field of international education exchange who are interested in management principles related to student exchange programs. Topics to be discussed include strategic planning (mission, long term outcome, and smart goals), effective program design and evaluation (developing marketing plan, assessing competitive advantage, evaluating appropriate means to promote programs), and budget management. The interactive seminar will provide awareness to the challenges of managing international student exchange programs and practical skills needed to successfully manage programs. Students will gain insight and skills by using case studies, reviewing and assessing plans and through discussions with guest lecturers.