Purdue InterCultural Learning Community of Practice (PICLCoP)

What's a 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. PICLCoP provides opportunities for practitioners to come together in order to increaseGroup of staff members engaged in an activity their own learning and to share what they have been doing in the field.

Who is invited?

As we are now operating in a virtual environment, there seems to be no reason to limit the PICLCoP to only those on the Purdue campus; after all, some Purdue employees are not physically on the Purdue campus either! We welcome practitioners from all over the world to join us for our meetings. Just let us know of your interest at cilmar@purdue.edu, and we'll be happy to let you know about upcoming meetings. You can also get information about PICLCoP by liking and following us at facebook.com/PurdueCILMAR.

What do you do at a PICLCoP meeting?

Some past topics have included: 

ICL Tool Demonstrations: 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.

ICL Tool Demonstrations: 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!

ICL Tool Demonstrations: 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

ICL Tool Demonstrations: 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

ICL Tool Demonstrations: 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


Questions or ideas?

A community of practice is all about learning from and mentoring one another. E-mail cilmar@purdue.edu to see how you can get involved. 

Updated 3/21/2022