Events: Details

2022 NAFSA Region VI and VIII Conference - An experiential and interactive lesson plan for appreciating difference

Category: Workshop

Annette K. Benson, MS.
Senior Public Relations Consultant
Purdue University-Main Campus
Lafayette, IN

This session was born from an invitation some years ago to speak to a group of international university students on the topic of "why it is difficult to make American friends." When I arrived, I discovered that the students had grouped themselves by nationality and/or language. Unwittingly, the students engaged in their classroom in the same exclusionary behavior which they claimed to dislike in the majority population. This session demonstrates the series of activities I used to move the students toward self-awareness and intercultural empathy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the part that sorting and coding have in our tendency to group ourselves with others like us.
  • Define Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and critical mass and their role in causing us to look for others like us.
  • Define intercultural empathy and its difference from the usual definition of empathy.
  • Define stage-based empathy and how to use it to move students along the Intercultural Developmental Continuum.
When: Friday 18 November, 2022, 10:30 am - 11:10 am EST
Where: Omni William Penn Hotel - 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 - Room 7
  1. empathy
  2. exclusion
  3. friendship
  4. IDC
  5. intercultural empathy
  6. Sapir-Whorf
  7. self-awareness
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