Students Encouraged to Attend Free Cross-Cultural Lunch and Learn Events

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Students have a unique chance to understand current issues from different perspectives thanks to a free “Cross-Cultural Lunch and Learn” workshop series planned by the UK College of Education Office of International School Partnerships.

The events help students improve their cross-cultural communication skills and learn about ways they can take action. Funding is provided by an Inclusiveness Excellence grant awarded to the College of Education’s Office of International School Partnerships from the UK Office for Institutional Diversity. Additional sponsors include the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the UK International Center.

The series is composed of three sessions that are designed to develop participants’ skills on cross-cultural communication. These are designed to help participants gain deeper understanding and awareness of cultural diversity, and learn how to apply their cultural awareness when communicating with others for students, faculty and staff. Participants will be given opportunities to earn digital badges and certificates.

The lunch-hour events are all scheduled in the Art Education Studio (Room 163) in Holmes Hall. The schedule includes:

Monday, March 27 – “Breaking Cultural Barriers” from noon-1 p.m. UK Psychology Professor Christia Spears Brown will discuss ways to better understand other cultures.

Thursday, April 6 – “Courageous Conversations” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The group will discuss current issues and ways to get involved with UK partners from many different diversity-based organizations.

Tuesday, April 18 – “Unlearn Fear and Hate” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Transylvania professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova will bring their engaging dialogue about practicing compassion and justice.

A free lunch will be served, and free T-shirts distributed, at each event. Space is limited for the in-person workshop. RSVP by clicking here. A webinar link will be distributed to those who cannot attend the sessions in person.