Crossing Borders Education Programs

Crossing Borders Education is a non-profit organization that specializes in interactive peer programs harnessing the power of film and empathic dialogue. They've developed virtual peer-led dialogue sessions based on their interactive program design and dialogue methodology. In our pre-conference workshop, we did an abbreviated demo version of the virtual dialogues, but applied it to an in-person context. If you are interested in applying the virtual dialogues within your institutional context, please contact CBE directly. 

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Presentation Materials

This includes our slides and the learning plan we used during our pre-conference workshop, including references. 

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Case: Stender v. Lucky Stores, Inc.

This article details the Lucky Stores case in which Lucky Stores was sued for discrimination against employees on the basis of race, sex, and/or national origin in their job assignment, training, and promotion practices. 

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A Retrospective View of Corporate Diversity Training From 1964 to the Present

This article highlights the history of corporate diversity training, how paradigms have shifted, current issues diversity offices face today, and current effective practices.

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Lifeboat and Adjectives: Lessons in intercultural learning activities

These two activities caused severely problematic outcomes in diversity trainings, and in one case, led to a major lawsuit.

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Artful Closer

In this activity, participants will reflect on their own experiences through non-verbal communication (art), interpret others experiences and insights through a non-verbal medium, and compare and contrast their interpretation of another's experience with the self-relayed narrative of that individual's experience in order to build mutual understanding. 

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Mindful Me

This activity challenges participants to identify their “mindful me”—the thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and sensations behind their “autobiographical I” (i.e. the stories and experiences that make up their lives). In this activity, they will, with a partner, reflect on the emotions behind a pleasant and unpleasant experience in their lives. Then, the facilitator will debrief with the entire group.

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Listening Deeply for Values

This activity encourages participants to listen to the deeper values at work as they listen to others share their stories.

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Slogan

This debriefing technique asks participants to identify a slogan that represents their learning from an activity or discussion.

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Debriefing Games-Based Learning

This article is a great resource for debriefing, including goals of, the role of the instructor in, strategies for, timing of, and the what and why of debriefing.

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One Minute Paper

This debriefing method gives participants the opportunity to write a reflection on their learnings. 

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Poker Face

This activity encourages particiants to discuss cultural norms, diversity, inclusion, and how we place value on others, analyze how stereotypes and first impressions inform perception and interactions, and discuss how non-verbal communication (body language or facial expression) communicate meaning to others.

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Ritual

This activity encourages participants to experience and discuss feelings of inclusion and exclusion and practice watching and assessing the behavior of others. 

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By the Numbers

This activity uses perceived patterns to help participants understand the relationship between stereotypes, beliefs, and perceptions and explore the limitations of inductive thinking, including confirmation bias.

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Magic Spelling

This activity uses a magic trick to encourage participants to understand that curiosity is a skill that has to be honed and developed like any other skill, understand that general curiosity translates easily into cultural curiosity, comprehend that it is important to dig beneath the surface, developing curiosity not just about the "what" of culture but also the "how" and "why," and reflect on the process of forming deeper questions about cultural difference.

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Pair Up

This activity encourages participants to consider how they choose a partner for activities based on appearance, proximity, familiarity, personality, and a variety of other factors.

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(Air) Handshake Mingle

This activity encourages interaction amongst participants and allows them to greet new partners in a variety of ways.

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Thirty-five for Debriefing

This Thiagi debriefing technique allows participants to reflect on learnings from an activity or discussion and choose the top takeaways as a group.

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Forum 2021 YouTube Playlist: Vol. 33 No. 1 (2021): Special Issue on Assessment as Pedagogy in Education Abroad Author Interviews

This is a link to the full YouTube Forum 2021 playlist including interviews with authors of the invited articles in the Special Issue on Assessment as Pedagogy in Education Abroad from Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

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To Understand You, I Need to Know Me

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) present a successful test of "an alternative for building intercultural effectiveness -- a glocal classroom (GC) pedagogy highlighting assessment as learning" (Dunn-Jensen et al., 2021). 

Authors: Linda M. Dunn-Jensen, Joyce S. Osland, and Pamela M. Wells

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Culturally Conscious Assessment as Pedagogy in Study Abroad

The authors in this Frontiers article (linked above) present "a case study for the use of assessment as pedagogy including an overview of the HEGC! [Higher Education in the Ghanaian Context] Program, assessment strategies used, and pedagogical incorporation for the course...[and] conclude with a list of implications for study abroad and assessment practices" (Martin et al., 2021).  

Authors: Jillian Martin, Candace M. Moore, Alexis D. Foley, and Kiyah T. McDermid

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Capturing Photo Narratives in Short-Term Study Abroad

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) present a qualitative study in which "photo narratives...were collected and analyzed to understand the existing student experience across eight short-term study abroad programs from three different institutions in Texas" (Nguyen, 2021).

Author: Annie Nguyen

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Taking a Pass on Assessment Grades for a Career Focused Tour of the Middle East

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) "explain the mechanisms the MEST [Middle East Study Tour] uses for assessment and how this aligns with the goal of the program to expose students to the real world of political struggles and career development" (Hardy & Totman, 2021).

Authors: Mat Hardy and Sally Totman

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Using the BEVI to Assess Individual Experience to Enhance International Programming

The authors of this Frontiers article (linked above) "document the implementation of intercultural learning activities throughout a semester-long course and a 9-day trip to Vietnam" (Grant et al., 2021). 

Authors: Jacie Grant, Kris Acheson, and Elizabeth Karcher

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Evaluating an Intensive Program to Increase Cultural Intelligence: A Quasi-Experimental Design

The authors in this Frontiers article (linked above) "compare[s] the effects of an intercultural development program on students' Cultural Intelligence (CQ) compared with students in a summer research program who did not receive the intervention" (Chang Alexander et al., 2021). 

Authors: Kristofer Chang Alexander, Luke T Ingersoll, Charles A. Calahan, Monica L. Miller, Cleveland G. Shields, John A Gipson, and Stewart Chang Alexander

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Constructing the Learning Outcomes with Intercultural Assessment: A 3-Year Study of a Graduate Study Abroad and Glocal Experience Programs

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) "examine three years of pre-post mixed-method intercultural assessment data, along with teaching and learning practices and outcomes, to gain insights into how this work of instructional design for intercultural competence can succeed...[and also] provide[s] suggestions for improvements" (Cartwright et al., 2021).

Authors: Chris Cartwright, Michael Stevens, and Katharina Schneider

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Assessment as Pedagogy in a Compressed-Format Summer Physics Abroad Program

The authors of this Frontiers article (linked above) "examine the impact of assessment and instructional practices in a compressed-format physics abroad program for life science students from a large U.S. university system" (Ho et al., 2021). 

Authors: Hsiu-Zu Ho, Yeana Lam, Kelly Wahl, Eric Yao, Jackie Grant, and Padraig Dunne

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The Bentley Global Experience Initiative

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) "briefly outline the assessment initiative and the curriculum design outline, with an emphasis on the creation of the Bentley Global Experience Initiative, a comprehensive program supporting faculty and students" (Berdrow et al., 2021).

Authors: Iris Berdrow, Samir Dayal, Shawn Hauserman, Natalie Schlegel, and Lauren Schuller

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Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence during a Mobility Programme for Pupils in Upper Secondary School: The Intercultura Assessment Protocol

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) "present an assessment framework—the Intercultura assessment protocol (IAP)....[and] shows the pedagogical value of the IAP" (Baiutti, 2021).

Author: Mattia Baiutti

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Introduction: Special Issue on Assessment as Pedagogy in Education Abroad

This Frontiers article and YouTube author interview (each linked above) "introduce the Special Issue on Assessment as Pedagogy in Education Abroad, which seeks to answer the question: How can we guide educators toward specific and intentional alignment of learning objectives, the learning context, and learner capacities and needs so that students achieve the desired learning outcomes?" (Acheson et al., 2021). 

Authors: Kris Acheson, Lan Jin, Aletha Stahl, and Katherine Yngve

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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (HBO Documentary Films)

In this documentary trailer, Yo-Yo Ma travels the world, shedding light on the collaborative and linguistic nature of music. 

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On This Day 7 October: Yo-Yo Ma Was Born

This article from George Predota describes Yo-Yo Ma's intercultural journey. 

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Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and the Genesis of a Musician

This blog post explores the historical and familial factors that impact the evolution of a musician- from Yo-Yo Ma's father, "It takes three generations to make a musician: the first to leave poverty, the second to go to school, and the third to master an instrument."

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Changed or Not?

This activity challenges participants to make meaning of their study abroad experience. They will choose a song that they feel is representative of their study abroad and analyze the song in relation to their experiences based on the four levels of cultural awareness.

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Social Justice Songs

The website in this activity lists social justice songs from throughout history and encourages learners to discuss social justice issues from a variety of perspectives. 

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Radio Garden (free radio from around the world)

After exploring this media resource, learners will be able to experience music and cultural discourses from global cultures by listening to live radio stations all over the world.

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Becoming Self-Aware of American Culture Thru Hamilton

The purpose of this activity is to help participants understand their own cultural rules and biases, as well as conduct research and critically analyze media that will help shape their responses to cultural biases. Participants will engage with the musical Hamilton, a show that details the life of Alexander Hamilton, but also provides an avenue for viewers to critically self-reflect on current American cultural practices. This activity will challenge students to critically analyze a piece of popular culture, conduct research, and understand new aspects of American culture.

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Music and Memories

This lesson plan challenges participants to connect with someone from a different culture through music. In this activity, participants will find a partner and share their favorite songs that are in some way emblematic of their home culture. They will share what the song means to them and discuss the emotions that the song evokes.

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Synthesis Through Song

Synthesis Through Song is a think-pair-share/small group activity where students work together to analyze and discuss song lyrics through the lens of cultural norms. The activity simulates the process of synthesizing resources.

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We Americans by The Avett Brothers (song)

“We Americans,” a song by The Avett Brothers, provides an interpretation on American life and culture. In this activity, participants will listen to the song/read the lyrics and discuss how their worldview affects their reaction to it.

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Identity Circles

This activity encourages participants to engage with and share characteristics and identities with which they resonate. 

*This activity does not provide participants with category prompts.

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Identity Molecule

Page 42 of the handbook link offers a lesson plan for Identity Molecule, an activity which asks participants to name five social categories with which they identify. This is the same activity as the first part of The Paseo (Circles of Identity). 

*This activity does not provide participants with category prompts.

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The Paseo (Circles of Identity)

This activity encourages participants to engage with who they are and how their identity influences their choices and actions. It includes two parts - the first, an individual guided reflection time, and the second, a time of sharing stories. 

*This activity does not provide participants with category prompts.

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Identity Beads

This activity engages participants' self-awareness by encouraging learners to reflect on the concept of identity and the identities with which they identify. Participants are also encouraged to explore diversity and the realities of identifying with more than one identity.

*This activity does not provide participants with category prompts.

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Circles of My Multicultural Self

"The Circles activity engages participants in a process of identifying what they consider to be the most important dimensions of their own identities. Stereotypes are examined as participants share stories about when they were proud to be part of a particular group and when it was especially hurtful to be associated with a particular group" (Gorski, n.d.). 

*This activity does not provide participants with category prompts.

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Personal Identity Wheel

"The Personal Identity Wheel is a worksheet activity that encourages students to reflect on how they identify outside of social identifiers. The worksheet prompts students to list adjectives they would use to describe themselves, skills they have, favorite books, hobbies, etc. Unlike the Social Identity Wheel, this worksheet does not emphasize perception or context. It is best used as an icebreaker activity or in conjunction with the Social Identity Wheel in order to encourage students to reflect on the relationships and dissonances between their personal and social identities. The wheels can be used as a prompt for small or large group discussion or reflective writing on identity by using the Spectrum Activity, Questions of Identity." (LSA Inclusive Teaching Initiative, University of Michigan, 2017).

*This activity provides participants with identity category prompts. 

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Social Identity Wheel

In this activity, participants are encouraged to "consider their identities critically and how identities are more or less keenly felt in different social contexts, recognize "how privilege operates to normalize some identities over others," and appreciate "their shared identities...as well as the diversity of identities" (LSA Inclusive Teaching Initiative, University of Michigan, 2017).

*This activity provides participants with identity category prompts. 

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