Bridging Cultural Differences

Presenter: Thorunn Bjarnadottir and Alex Cleberg, International Student and Scholar Services

When interacting with those from around the world, an understanding of the relevant values of all participants will help to create positive connections. While it may be easy to adapt to obvious differences in eye contact or handshakes, it is more difficult to take actionable steps to address more hidden value differences, such as hierarchy or independence.

Participating in this experiential workshop will allow you to identify problems or opportunities that stem from cultural value differences. As a result of this identification, you will be able to effectively connect with students and colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify important value differences that affect working and service relationships
  • Feel a deeper an appreciation of the significance cultural values play in building positive connections
  • Develop specific approaches to react appropriately to various value differences
Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Recreation and Wellness Center, Beacon Room