Mindfulness in Intercultural Teaching and Learning
Intercultural training has advanced significantly over the years, from focusing primarily on teaching about cultural differences to helping participants develop the skills needed to act in interculturally competent ways. While mindfulness has been recognized as an important concept in intercultural communication for some time, until recently few educators incorporated mindfulness practices into their work. However, as mindfulness programs become more prevalent—from Google to the military to K-12 schools—and research heralds their impact, more intercultural educators are recognizing the value of both practicing and teaching mindfulness to enhance their own and others’ intercultural competence.
In this interactive session, we will discuss what mindfulness is, how it relates to intercultural learning, and how practicing mindfulness can benefit you as an intercultural educator as well as those whom you teach or train. You will participate in and learn about activities that you can use to start or further your own and your learners’ mindfulness practice.Registration = FREE for current SIETAR USA members in good standing
Registration = $25.00 for nonmembers
About the Presenter
Tara Harvey, Ph.D., Founder, True North Intercultural
Tara Harvey, Ph.D., is the founder of True North Intercultural, which provides professional development for higher education faculty, staff, and institutions to help them develop intercultural capacity—their own and that of their students. She brings to her work significant experience in higher education, especially international education (working in study abroad, international student services, and language learning), and a deep understanding of intercultural teaching and learning.
As Academic Director of Intercultural Learning for CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), she developed the signature course, Intercultural Communication & Leadership, now taught at study centers around the world, and trained resident staff in how to effectively and appropriately facilitate intercultural learning.
Harvey is an IDI Qualifying Seminar Instructor, former Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), and Senior Facilitator of the Personal Leadership methodology. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.