What are Worldview Workshops?

If Purdue is to fulfill its promise to be an inclusive community that nurtures the sense of belonging among its diverse members, then people on the front lines deserve support that equips them intellectually and emotionally to face the challenges embedded in that promise. 

The most important lesson I learned. . . was to not be afraid to ask questions about someone else!! It is better to be aware and informed than assume wrongly.

Worldview Workshops were created to provide just that. Designed for academic advisors, front office staff, and other faculty and staff in public-facing positions, they offer the opportunity to step back and ponder with others the role cultural difference plays in the daily work environment. 

[M]y greatest takeaway. . . was that you have to have an understanding of yourself and recognize how your own cultural background and experiences can influence your perspective of others. It is this recognition that enables us to begin to re-evaluate some of those perspectives (and ourselves) in order to improve our understanding of different cultures.

Consisting of six virtual sessions, five synchronous and one asynchronous, the Workshops use activities and facilitated dialogues to create the “aha” moments and deep reflection that lead to intercultural and global learning in the areas of cultural self-awareness, communication, empathy, and awareness of cultural diversity. They also recognize that each participant brings valuable experience and insights to the table and create a space for collaborative and social learning to the degree each participant feels comfortable. By engaging in the “brave space” of Worldview Workshops, participants will learn how to: 

  • Identify their own cultural rules and biases and recognize new perspectives on these. 
  • Recognize cultural diversity and the connections between power structures, worldviews, and diverse cultural experiences. 
  • Apply their knowledge of different communication styles to develop relationships across cultural differences. 
  • Identify different aspects of empathy and employ it as a strategy to bridge cultural differences and to create a more inclusive and just community.

Participants who complete all six sessions earn a certificate. 

I really liked the session about regularly 'cleaning' our racism and allowing others to address us if they find that we are in need of a reminder. It's not an attack, it's a learning experience. In order to learn, we need to listen to those who have experienced things we haven't.

Registration for Worldview Workshops is now open!

Worldview Workshop Certificate Recipients

Fall 2023
Nelida Aubeneau Jason Filer Gurpreet Kour Jasmine Pruitt
Emmanuelle Ben Hadj Ben M'Barek Kelli Goldsmith Brittany Lock Suin Roberts
Thiago Brito Santos Kerri Gouty Shelby Mansfield Nina Robinson
Sophie Cole Giuseppina Grande  Halak Nimishbhai Mehta Megan Timmons
Sruthi Dasika Clifford Harrison Nicole Morris Tiffany Weatherford
Heather Dykes Karen Hum Michael Mutti Melinda White
Teresa Evans Stephanie Iserman Julie Peretin Katherine Yates
Spring 2023
Danica Andersen Trevor Bonjour Tatum Carter Kristin Dill
Jane Johanning Corrinne Lim-Kessler Elizabeth Long Martha Lucht
Kathryn Orvis Jessie Scott Amber Smith Qian Song
Rena Sterrett Sheri Tague Christina Wilson-Frank Janet York
Libby Zupancic
Fall 2022
Andres Bejarano Posada Shannon Cassady Leslie Fairchild Ashley Fawcett
Jacenda Gilman Michele Holcombe Angelic Howe Aparajita Jaiswal
Penelope Kelly Mary Beth Lencke Meghan Marino Margaret Martin
Tracy Mcgirt Arooj Najmussaqib Leslie Plummer Riley Rackliffe
Paul Sewell Audrey Sherwood Linnette White
Fall 2021
Vicki Arnett Stephanie Bowers Sherri Cripe Zachary Dehenes
Sally Gramelspache Jennifer Kawlewski Teresa Luse Rachel Morin
Kellie Reece Rachel Skinner Maggie Smith Leslie Sondgeroth
Carole Tolley
Summer 2021
Boshra Afra Jaimee Barr Emily Bear Jingqiu Chen
Sean Diaz Todd Dinius Angela Ewing Marisa Exter
Kristen Fairbanks Sandra Galloway Amanda Gill Lara Grauerholz-Fisher
Matthew Hannah Adriana Harmeyer Wanju Huang Emily Little
Jason Reed Sarah Reifel James Sadler Jennifer Sdunzik
Aridany Suarez Trujillo Rachel Weaver
Spring 2021
Anneliese Beswick Melissa Coghill Melissa Geiger Ellen Gundlach
Meryl Hansana Jennifer Kau Amy Klutzke Sally Luzader
Jaylene Nichols Carlene Quirk Danielle Sheese Kaylene Shepherd
Daniel Trinkle Jeremy Wampler Jean Shidler
Summer 2020
George Adams Lorri Barnett Joshua Bright Jackie Butram
Jenalee Converse Kelly Cunningham Justin Gillingham Melissa Hay-Bishop
Jennifer Ramos Larry Sommers Janine Sparks Kenneth Tanemura
Melissa Taylor Phuong Tran Katharine Watson Angela Welshimer
Elizabeth Wilson
Spring 2020
Teresa Balser Terry Bean Robin Benson Richard Bernier
RaeLyn Boes Bridget Bucher Lucina Fluellen Melissia Grant
Tracy Grimm Randa Hodges Kelley Kimm Joseph M. La Lopa
Julie Lanz Jill Lynn Lela Mixon Belinda Morrow
Sara Ostheimer Jayne Price Janeen Redman Mary Sigman
James Tanoos Cameron Ward Siqing Wei Jacey Wickenhauser
Fall 2019
Tiffany Britten Constance Kaspar Stefanie Elliott Lauren Dalton
Christy Daugherty John Gibson Richard Grant Zana Griffey
Kia Hastings Katherine Huseman Amruta Inamdar Shalyse Iseminger
Nicole McKinney Lori Miller Andrew Miller Patricia Morgan
Jaclyn Palm Brandi Platenga Jessica Ramsey Michael Russel
Monica Shively Lacy Siefers Suzanne Snoeberger Janice Thomaz
Summer 2019
Linda Barlow Donna Bertram Brenda Breece Kate Caward
Shu-fang Chang Lee Hua Chiang Cindy Sue Cory Lindsey Crussel
John Frigo Emjai Gregory Patricia Herrera Kendal Kosta-Mikel
Jennifer Montes Robin Sipes Amanda Smith Jordan Smith
Shelley Straley Jacquelyn Thomas-Miller Kate Van Ness
Nicole Barr Debra Bearden Megan Bergman Michael Bittinger
Teresa Demien Jacie Grant Elizabeth Karcher Amy Ledman
Cynthia Quillen Sally Smith Trienna Walker
Tom Atkinson Laura Curry Kara Hartman Jessica Hing
Karen Jacobsen Holly Keckler Heather Mayorga Jency Thomas
Ashley York Stacey Williams

Learning diversity, inclusion, race, how to speak in turn, etc. has changed how I go into meetings. It's held me back from blurting out responses. I'm more open to those around me.

Goals: Learning Outcomes and Evidence

Per the recommendations of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework and the NILOA Excellence in Assessment Standards, we provide the goals for each program offered through CILMAR.

75% of Worldview Workshop participants will demonstrate level three empathy and level three self-awareness as measured by the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric as well as level two cultural diversity as measured by the AAC&U Global Learning VALUE Rubric. Evidence will be provided by the qualitative analysis of participants’ reflections and by retro pre/post administration of a survey consisting of relevant parts of the Intercultural Attitudes Skills and Knowledge Short Scale (ASKS2) and Global Learning Short Scale (GLS), given in the final workshop. 

I need to continually be curious about others. I practice a lot of empathy, but understanding the difference between intent and impact was very enlightening.

Updated January 16, 2024