About Intercultural Understanding at UBC

Highlights 2014/2015

Strategic Plan Development

  • Expansion of Intercultural Promise: integration of UBCO’s unique strategic needs into existing mid-level plan

Curriculum

  • Existing Curriculum Course coding: surveying course offerings and coding for intercultural content (may lead towards intercultural and diversity core course requirements)
  • Internationalization of curriculum: a classroom participation pilot designed to encourage student contribution of international course content (Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Management and Faculty of Critical Studies)

Faculty Engagement

  • Focused communications and engagement with Heads and Directors, Faculty and Deans on the implementation of the intercultural understanding mid-level plan (identifying and sharing of promising classroom practices that foster intercultural learning)
  • Supporting and coordinating all initiatives related to intercultural understanding across both campuses
  • Development of a Course Evaluation for Faculty: aimed at measuring where faculty are needing support in delivering a more intercultural classroom experience, or in teaching highly diverse and international classes of students

Student Engagement

  • Supporting student engagement and dialogues: supporting student-lead initiatives to foster cross-cultural connections between cultural student groups and dialogues on intercultural issues
  • Intercultural workplace readiness: soft skills training for students (Career Centre, Sauder, Jumpstart), including development of student workshops in Mandarin, Korean and Japanese

Training and Professional Development

  • Management Training: launching intercultural stream of Managing@UBC
  • Intercultural TA Training (in partnership with Faculty of Post-Doctoral and Graduate Studies)
  • Intercultural workshops for staff (both campuses)

Wellbeing

  • Spiritual wellbeing: development and release of guidelines for the provision of faculty and staff mediation and interfaith prayer spaces throughout campus
  • Fostering a “culture of dynamic interaction” amongst staff and faculty (Hot Lunch)

Community Engagement

  • Community engagement: engagement with Chinese-speaking residents (Civic Engagement Committee) in the University community
  • Asian Canadian Community Engagement Initiative (ACCE): bringing together subject-matter expertise in Asian Canadian community engagement, development of best practices, guidelines and University-wide resource