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Including topics on diversity in the classroom is essential to building intercultural competence. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley gave a presentation titled “Building Intercultural Competence in Student Learning” which represents HIP 7: Diversity/Global Learning. In collaboration with Brande Flack, Wiersma-Mosley focused on methods to discuss diversity in the classroom and increase students’ intercultural competence. She emphasized the need to set ground rules for civil discourse, teach students how to engage respectfully, and rely on evidence-based arguments. 

High Impact Practice (HIP) 7: Diversity/Global Learning​

Building Intercultural Competence in Student Learning

 
Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley gave a presentation titled “Building Intercultural Competence in Student Learning.”  In collaboration with Brande Flack, Wiersma-Mosley focused on methods to discuss diversity in the classroom and increase students’ intercultural competence. She emphasized the need to set ground rules for civil discourse, teach students how to engage respectfully, and rely on evidence-based arguments. 
 
This presentation focused on “helping participants identify teaching tools and activities inside the classroom in order to increase student cultural awareness. This will enable students to see the world and advance career development through understanding multiple perspectives, enhancing communication and interpersonal skills, modeling open mindedness, and appreciating diverse communities.”  Wiersma-Mosley “provided practical examples of how students can increase cultural awareness regarding their own cultures and families, reflecting on families from a diverse array of cultures, and developing critical thinking skills needed to effectively engage with people from cultures different than their own. The presentation was guided by three of the Chancellor’s guiding priorities: (1) helping advance student success; (2) strengthening the University’s teaching with the creation of an innovative academic learning create an inclusive environment fostering a welcoming culture.”
 

For more about High Impact Practices and HIP 7: Diversity/Global Learning, see HIPs: High Impact Practices

This content was developed from a presentation at “Are We H.I.P. Enough? A Retreat Showcasing High Impact Practices on Campus” coordinated by Brande Flack, Danielle Dunn, and Deborah Korth and sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and the Offices of Student Success.