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Intercultural Learning and the New Normal

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Intercultural Learning and the New Normal

Our educational environments are becoming increasingly culturally diverse. While global and social mobility have contributed to demographic shifts in student populations, institutions are faced with new challenges and opportunities. The world is on campus. A growing number of Canadian institutions include internationalization as a strategic priority and 84% claim that graduating internationally knowledgeable and interculturally competent students as a primary goal (Universities Canada, 2014); yet how we ensure this learning occurs is varied and at times ad hoc. This session will provide an overview of rationales and approaches to internationalization with a focus on building intercultural competencies across the campus to ensure that all students are able to gain the intercultural and global competencies critical for success as citizens and professionals in increasingly complex multicultural and global realities.

Also, at the end of the keynote we want to hear from you. This address is part of a series of workshops the College is working on in the area of intercultural competency building. Your feedback will help shape the workshop that will be offered through this academic year.


About Dr. Kyra Garson

Kyra is a faculty member at Thompson Rivers University who currently works as the coordinator for interculturalization of the campus. She has coordinated TRU’s Interculturalizing the Curriculum faculty professional development program since 2008 which supports faculty to consider how intercultural approaches support inclusive pedagogies. Her research interests include intercultural development, inclusive pedagogies and transformative learning. Kyra’s doctoral study entitled “Are We Graduating Global Citizens?” received the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education’s dissertation of the year award in 2014. In 2011, she received the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s Internationalization Award for her work supporting faculty in Interculturalizing curricula. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Leadership award from the British Columbia Council for International Education.

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