Why this program
Current world events show us clearly that understanding and engaging across our cultural and social identity differences is important and complex. As humans, we’re wired to label each other and construct reasons to elevate our group over other groups. We are seeing more and more the limitations of this wiring, especially when we commit microaggressions against individuals and groups and our unconscious biases get us in all kinds of trouble. Society and our organizations demand that we become more self-aware and inclusive. This demand challenges our identity, simple stories, and need for control. How can we meet this demand and learn to engage with others from different cultures and social identity? Sometimes when we try, we get it wrong and this unsettles us. How can we learn to bring our most expansive selves to leading inclusively? If we can’t, what are the costs to not only our development, but to our commitment to a better world?
What you’ll learn
This course on becoming an intercultural leader offers a way to expand your skills and grow developmentally. Consider participating in this program if you resonate with these intentions:
- I want to increase my self-awareness of my own biases and learn ways to make them explicit
- I want to become better at engaging across cultural and social identity differences, such as country of origin, race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. I want to cultivate energetic awareness of our interconnectedness while embracing our differences
- I want to learn how to build trusting relationships and manage conflict across cultural differences… I want to learn how to create a vision that appeals to different voices with a range of perspectives
- I want to learn what organizational and institutional changes I can make to help foster a more equitable, inclusive, and just world
Specifically you will
- Take the Intercultural Development Inventory
- Receive a Growth Edge Interview
- Work in trios between sessions
- Receive one-on-one coaching
- Develop an intercultural development plan
- Learn from safe-to-fail experiments
This interactive program will run for 8-sessions, including 2 Q & A bonus sessions. It will be hosted via Zoom with a group of up to 24 people accepted to maximize social identity differences such as race/ethnicity, gender, country of origin, age, sexual orientation, and class.
Between sessions you will work in trios. Please note that this in-between formal sessions work with your trios is mandatory (we also think you’ll find it a highlight of your experience).