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Purdue InterCultural Learning Community of Practice (PICLCoP)

What is PICLCoP?

Many faculty and staff members have a passion for or a responsibility for the intercultural learning (ICL) of students, regardless of whether ICL is in the job description. Our community of practice (CoP) provides opportunities for practitioners to come together in order to increase their own learning and to share what they have been doing in the field. 

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Fall 2022 PICLCoP Calendar

Life of PI(M): A hands-on introduction to portable intercultural modules
Date: September 20, 2022
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm EST
Location: MTHW 116 (computer lab)
Presenters: Dr. Aletha Stahl & Dr. Laura Starr

Whether you want learners to develop strategies to make conflict productive on teams or to enhance their curiosity through activities with food, Portable Intercultural Modules (PIM) offer 60-90-minute autonomous learning experiences in Brightspace that can be embedded in courses, introduced in co-curricular spaces, and even used with faculty and staff. Participants in this session will hear briefly about the modules, explore them in Brightspace on their own, and contribute to a discussion around their experience, how they might use PIM, and ideas for new PIM.

Note: You can bring your own laptop computer or use the desktop in the computer lab where we meet.

New activity virtual demo: “Ethics Across the IDC”
Date: October 18, 2022
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm EST
Location: Zoom meeting, https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/j/7654941711?pwd=cU9OQUZpRHRxK2R5VHVSTEhwcGpFdz09
Presenter: Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair

Qualified Administrators of the IDI and/or intercultural mentors intentionally supporting learner growth along the Intercultural Development Continuum are invited to put on your learner caps and try out a new experiential activity that uses case studies from contemporary news to explore how ethical reactions to current events can be shaped by IDC orientation. After working through the activity together and debriefing the experience, we’ll engage as a community of practice in a meta-debriefing to discuss how the activity may need to be adapted for different contexts and when facilitators and/or learners may struggle with content.

Effective (and fun!) ways to review the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC)
Date: December 6, 2022
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm EST
Location: RHPH 162
Presenter: Annette Benson

This in-person PICLCoP workshop offers kinesthetic learning, card games, Kahoot questions, and critical analysis exercises for review of the IDC with participants of varying knowledge of the IDC, from Qualified Administrators who want to brush up their skills to students in an IDI group debrief. Register for this session before 12/01/2022 and qualify for a drawing to win a set of the Intercultural Development Orientations Classification Card Game. One prize winner per session. Must be present on 12/06/2022 to win.

Note: This session will be photographed.

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ICL Tool Demonstration Series, 2020-2021

Who writes history?
February 17, 2021, 10:45am-12:00pm EST
Presenters: Dr. Megha Anwer, Dr. Nathan Swanson, and Dr. Anish Vanaik

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss why certain stories and perspectives get circulated more than others.
  • Recognize the importance of understanding the different perspectives surrounding an event or moment in history.
  • Explore their own life stories from multiple perspectives.
Story Stitch
December 15, 2020; 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST
Special guest facilitator: Dr. Amy Chastain, Associate Professor of Instruction, English as a Second Language, The University of Iowa

Story Stitch was designed to help facilitate connections between immigrants and refugees and non-immigrants. It can be used for bridging other backgrounds as well, such as different age groups, genders, job classifications, religions, etc. It can be a valuable tool to build trust, create group cohesion, and develop interpersonal connections.

The premise of the activity is simple: split into groups of a maximum of eight; each member introduces themselves; then the group takes turns drawing story cards, answering the questions, and building on each other’s answers using stitch cards. As the game goes on, we learn more about the unique backgrounds of the group and become more connected!

Practicing civil discourse in 2020
November 17, 2020; 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST
Presenters: Daniel C. Jones, PhD; Katherine Yngve, MA

Participants will be able to:

  • Reflect critically on their own ability to conduct civil discourse
  • Facilitate several activities encouraging civil discourse with faculty, staff and student audiences
Understanding our own emotion labor & preparing for emotion-labor intensive fields
October 27, 2020; 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT
Presenters: Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Dr. Aletha Stahl

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize their own emotion labor
  • Assist students in preparing for fields which are intense in emotion labor
  • Discuss recovery strategies after emotion labor
Effectively moving ICL from F2F to DL
October 6, 2020; 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT
Presenters: Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Dr. Aletha Stahl

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain skills in adapting ICL resources for distance learning
  • Review IDC stages through game-play
  • Visualize their own privilege
  • Contemplate how values may differ as context changes

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Social Justice Series, 2018-2019

Code switching: "A life without questions, or no questions, please!"

Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 2:45pm-4:00pm
Location: PMU 263AB
Presenters: Natasha Harris 

Group-centered leadership: Co-opoly, a game of cooperatives

Date: January 15, 2019
Time: 2:45pm-4:00pm
Location: STEW 204
Presenters: Vanessa Pacheco & Jesus Romero

"Just rescue": A social justice workshop

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

Mahjong, spades & games to foster teamwork and cross-cultural understanding

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: Grissom 102
Location: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Presenters: Yuxiang Wang, Wei Qiu, and 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

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

A HubICL Collection

ICL activities showcased, 2016-2018
Thinking of an activity showcased at a past PICLCoP and just can't remember its name or how to find it? Check out the HubICL collection entitled "Tools showcased at the Purdue InterCultural Learning Community of Practice (PICLCoP)." 

Updated September 12, 2022