Intercultural Training and Assessment

At Cranwell International Center, we believe that intercultural development can happen in every learning environment. In support of this, we are pleased to offer faculty, staff, and students’ intercultural trainings and intercultural assessments.

Signature Intercultural Trainings

Signature intercultural trainings are offered each semester through the Professional Development Network site. Please click here to enroll in a signature intercultural training.

In this session, you will learn about the international student experience as well as be introduced to concepts of culture. The session will provide an overview of the international student application, admission, acceptance, and immigration processes. The content will also cover some of the unique academic, social, cultural and personal challenges that international students face. This session will include a student panel.

In this session you will get a glance of the diversity within China and Chinese culture, learn about typical education journey of Chinese students studying in the U.S. and have chance to hear personal experience from the current enrolled Chinese students at VT.

Did you know that pronouncing students’ names correctly is a signal that their names and identities are honored? This can foster a sense of belonging and build positive relationships in the classroom, which are crucial for healthy social, psychological, and educational outcomes. With more than 50% of the international undergraduate student population at VT being from China, learning to pronounce Chinese names is a great place to start. This session is designed to provide a basic guide to pronouncing Chinese names.

This session will review the Intercultural Praxis theory which incorporates diversity, inclusion and equity concepts into an intercultural development theory. It will provide an example of how the Intercultural Praxis was incorporated into a study abroad course at Virginia Tech. The session will introduce an intercultural pedagogy resource site from which participants can choose activities to incorporate into their curriculum whether on campus, study abroad, or outside the classroom.

Intercultural Training or Assessment by Request

If you would like to request a training or assessment, please fill out this form. Upon review of your request, we will contact you to setup a consultation to discuss your training or assessment need.

According to the Intercultural Development Inventory (r) LLC, the IDI is the premier, cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence that is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of the Intercultural Development Continuum through a debrief of the IDI group profile. To receive individual profiles, participants may schedule a 30-minute consultation after the group debrief in accordance with IDI regulations. Participants will need to take the Intercultural Development Inventory prior to their session.

In this 1-hour session, participants will learn the fundamentals of immigration regulations and how they impact the mentorship, advising, and support of international students.

In this 1-hour session, participants will learn about the international student experience. The session is an abbreviated version of the signature training offered through the PDN network.

This session designed primarily for students will focus on a reflective debrief of the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment. Using their scores on the eight dimensions of global competence, students will reflect on how they got to where they are today. They will also identify developmental opportunities for themselves going forward.

This session will review the Intercultural Praxis theory which incorporates diversity, inclusion and equity concepts into an intercultural development theory. It will provide an example of how the Intercultural Praxis was incorporated into a study abroad course at Virginia Tech. The session will introduce an intercultural pedagogy resource site from which participants can choose activities to incorporate into their curriculum whether on campus, study abroad, or outside the classroom.

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Assessment

All of these inventories and assessments can be used to promote self-reflection, group dialogue to foster intercultural awareness, and as a pedagogical tool to design training or curriculum.

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) provides groups and individuals with a baseline of their intercultural development. A 2-hour group debrief is required for groups to receive their profile, and a follow-up 45-minute debrief is required for individual profiles. The IDI is useful for individual and group-level development; institutional or program assessment or as a needs assessment for intercultural training design. The cost is $12 per student and $18 per faculty/staff. Select faculty members in CIC are Qualified Administrators licensed to administer and debrief the IDI.

Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA)® provides individuals with instant feedback on eight dimensions of global competence, and group reports are also possible. The GCAA can be used for program assessment including student learning outcomes, institutional assessment, or to inform personal or group development plans. A 360 feedback version is also available. CIC can assist you in administering and debriefing the assessment. The current cost for Virginia Tech staff/faculty/students is $15.50 an assessment.