PICLCoP Events

PICLCoP Presents: Bridges over Troubled Waters: Tools for Joining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Intercultural Competence.

Series for 2018-2019

These workshops are open to all Purdue University IDI Qualified faculty, staff, and friends interested in conversations and learning more about intercultural competence, diversity, equity, and social justice. These workshops are intended to guide people through attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and practical skills associated with creating an inclusive campus environment for students, faculty and staff who come from a variety of different abilities, ethnic, sexual, racial and cultural backgrounds.

Unveiling an Intercultural Digital Toolbox: A Resource and Celebration for Practitioners

Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 2:45pm-4:00pm
Location: Grissom 118
Presenters: Annette Benson, Dr. Kris Acheson Clair, Dr. Daniel Jones, Florence Adibu

Students with Dis/Abilities, a Multicultural Social Justice Interactive Workshop

Date: October 10, 2018
Time: 2:45pm-4:00pm
Location: Grissom 118
Presenters: Dr. Amanda Bell and Julie Alexander

Mahjong, Spades, & Games to Foster Teamwork & Cross Cultural Understanding

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Presenters: Yuxiang Wang and Florence Adibu


NOTE: This special campus wide event will require Community of Practice members to assist in facilatating an intercultural learning simulation for the Purdue Campus Community.  

Date: November 13, 2018
Time:  TBD
Location: STEW 278 & 279
Collaborators: CILMAR, Study Abroad, International Student Scholars, Civic Engagement Leadership Office, Black Cultural Center, Asian & Asian American Resource Cultural Center, African Student Association, Purdue Immigrant Allies, Purdue University Chinese Student Association, CILMAR Cultural Catalysts

“Just Rescue”--A Social Justice Workshop

Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 2:45pm-4:00pm
Location: Grissom 118
Presenters: Scott Nelson


Date: January 15, 2019
Time: 2:45pm -4:00pm
Location: TBD
Presenters: Vanessa Pacheco & Jesus Romero

10 Lenses

Date: February 1, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Presenters: Annette Benson, Willi Cruz, Florence Adibu, Myron McClure

Want to Present? Have Questions or Ideas? Please feel free to contact Florence A.X. Adibu.

Tools offered in previous PICLCoP workshops can be found below.

Spring 2017 Series:  How to train across the Intercultural Development Continuum

Developing Students in Denial

  • Do you have students in your class/organization who are not yet aware of cultural differences?  
  • Do they seem to know how things work in their own culture and assume that it's more or less the same elsewhere?  
  • Do they say things like, "I've traveled a lot.  I can deal with any culture without much thought," or "As long as we speak the same language, there's no issue"?  
Perhaps these students are in what the IDC terms denial.  Would you like to be more effective in developing intercultural learning for these students?

Date:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time:  1:30-2:00--Refresher on what Denial looks like (optional)

          2:00-3:00--Workshop on working with students in Denial

Location:  Black Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room 1

Presenters:  Kris Acheson-Clair, Katherine Yngve, Terry Ham, Matthew Allen, and Annette Benson


  • Bennett, J. M.  Language Envelopes.  Based on an exercise developed by Jack Condon.
  • Bennett, J.M.  (2010).  Your Mindset (exercise).
  • Brandt, M.  (2000).  Working in Unfamiliar Surroundings."  J. Lambert, S. Myers, & G. Simons (eds.).  Global Competence: 50 Training Activities for Succeeding in International Business, 35-40.  Human Resource Development.  Can be found for free in Berardo, K., & LaBrack, B.  (2007, February 15).  Evaluating Study Abroad's Past, Fashioning Its Future:  Caution 'U' and 'W' curves ahead!  Slides 28-29. CIEE 2007.  Toronto, Canada.  Retrieved from  http://www.culturosity.com/pdfs/CIEEPresentationBerardoLaBrack.pdf
  • Kluver, R.  (1998).  Grocery store ethnography.  Teaching about culture, ethnicity, and diversity, 23-26.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  SAGE.  Available for free here.

 Developing Students in Polarization, Part 1

  • Do you have students in your class/organization who are aware of cultural differences but thinking about the topic can make them feel intimidated or threatened? 
  • Perhaps they see "us" as better than "them, or perhaps they admire another culture and view their own as inferior?  
Perhaps these students are in what the IDC terms as polarization (defense/reversal).  Would you like to be more effective in developing intercultural learning for these students?

Date:  Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time:  1:30-2:00--Refresher on what Polarization looks like (optional)

          2:00-3:00--Workshop on working with students in Polarization

Location:  France Cordova Recreational Sports Center, Boilermaker Room

Presenters:  Zenephia EvansMichael Bittinger, and Annette Benson


Developing Students in Polarization, Part 2

Many of our colleagues across campus were busy on study abroad trips during this meeting--held during Spring Break--and asked if there was a way to make it up.  In order to accommodate, and because there are just so many great materials that can be used to develop students in the stage of Polarization, PICLCoP is offered a Part 2 at our next meeting.

Date:  Monday, April 10, 2017

Time:  1:30-3:00--Workshop on working with students in Polarization, Part 2

Location:  Black Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room 1

Moderator:  Kris Acheson-Clair


  • Hapgood, K., & Fenes, H.  (1996).  Building a Tower.  Intercultural learning in the classroom:  Crossing borders.  New York, NY:  Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd., pp. 264-266.
  • Pusch, M. D.  (1981).  One-Way/Two-Way Communication.  Multicultural education:  A cross cultural training approach.  Yarmouth, ME:  Intercultural Press, pp. 155-159.
  • William Pfeiffer, J. and J.E. Jones. (1974).  Hollow Square.  A handbook of structured experiences for human relations training. Volume II. 32-40. San Diego, CA: Univesrity Associates.  Free instructions can be found here.

Many faces of Virginia

Keep It Real!

First iteration

Date:  January 23

Time:  1:30-3:00

Location:  KRAN 105 Drawing Room

Second iteration

Date:  February 3,

Time:  1:30-1:00

Location:  BCC Multi-purpose Room

Presenters:  Annette Brown, Zenephia Evans, Renee Thomas

Try the game out for yourself here.

Many faces of Zenephia

Meeting Topics for Fall 2016

A program to D-I-E for

Date:  September 20

Time:  11:30-1:00,

Location:  PFEN 241

Presenters:  Kris Acheson-Clair, Annette Benson, Katherine Yngve

We've presented this activity many times.  One of the latest iterations can be found here.

Winner:  Best of NAFSA Region VI!

Holy Hofstede!  Making cultural dimensions interesting

Date:  October 26

Times:  3:00-4:15

Location:  RAWLS 2079

Presenters:  Annette Benson, Leighton Buntain, Carrie Anne Thomas, Beth Tucker

The Name Game and other icebreakers that teach

Date:  November 29

Time:  noon-1:20

Location:  RSC Boilermaker Room

Presenters:  Kris Acheson-Clair, Annette Benson, Virginia Cabrera, Wilfrido Cruz, Myron McClure

Tools:  A PowerPoint to get you started can be found here.

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