Intercultural Competence

Intercultural Competence is the ability to interact effectively and appropriately with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. It is the ability to recognize, acknowledge, respect and incorporate an understanding of world views and the impact on relationships. Culture is defined broadly and not limited to national or ethnic affiliations, but may also represent race, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and cognitive abilities, spiritual beliefs, marital/parental status.

Diversity and Intercultural Services offers a variety of opportunities to increase intercultural competence, including cross-cultural workshops and trainings, and cultural and professional mentorship programs.