Intercultural Development: IDI, IDC, and SHIFT workshops

 IDI, IDC, and SHIFT: The Intercultural Development Ambassador is charged offering the Intercultural Development Inventory and presenting the Intercultural Development Continuum. The Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC) traces the ability to shift perspective and adapt behavior in recognition of complex cultural similarities and differences. SHIFT workshops present various aspects of the IDC and can be taken in any order. The introductory workshop, Start Some SHIFT, is required to take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

Shift Happens! Upcoming Workshops

Start Some Shift! (IDC Workshop 1)

In this interactive workshop, learn how to improve cultural awareness on campus. Learn more about how people at your level of intercultural competence can support intercultural development across campus. This session gives an overview of the IDC, a research-based tool that supports a proactive approach to diversity and inclusivity. The session qualifies you to take the IDI assessment, which generates specific, individualized suggestions on how to expand intercultural competence and improve the campus climate.

Attendance at a Make Shift Happen workshop is required before getting the results of the IDI.

Speaking Shift: Intercultural Communication (IDC Workshop 2)

Good communication is crucial to success at work and at home. Collaboration improves when people understand one another, but how each person interprets a set of words can vary widely. In this interactive workshop, learn about common sources of misunderstandings and breakdowns, and how to be heard and understood more effectively, even when you are speaking with people whose cultural backgrounds are different from your own.

Time Shift: Intercultural Time Management (IDC Workshop 3)

Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day? In this interactive intercultural workshop consider how cultural differences affect how people think about time – how it gets valued, spent, wasted, cherished, and ignored. Learn more about how other cultures, near and far, connect to time. Concurrently, participants will gain a better understanding about their own thoughts on time and ideas about how awareness of time makes a difference in how much time each of us has.

 Creative Shifters, Inclusive Art (IDC Workshop 4)

“Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes.” Or maybe it’s a bit of both. Join in this interactive intercultural workshop to step through the looking glass. Each of these workshops features the work of a different type of art or artist, from painting to performance art to photography to music to fashion. Consider how an artist’s history, culture, and body appears in the art, and how active viewing develops intercultural competence. 

Shift Smarter, not Harder: Effective Reflection (IDC 5)

 Experience + reflection = deep learning. This interactive workshop presents a system for effective reflection, which is key to transforming experience into intercultural competence.

Shift into Something More Comfortable: Gender and Intercultural Competence (IDC 6)


From opening doors to coming out as trans, mainstream ideas about gender are more complicated than they used to be! Is it ever correct to call one person they? What difference does gender make in the workplace? When is gender performed, and who writes the script? How do you know whether a person is gay, queer, or straight? Improve your competence and get more comfortable with gender in this active learning workshop!

Shift into Learning Gear: Intercultural Competence and Education (IDC 7)

How do students’ home cultures affect how they learn? Non-traditional students, such as English Language Learners, first-generation students, and students from diverse cultures have different expectations and different needs in the classroom. In this interactive workshop, learn techniques that create equitable learning experiences, feel fair to all students, and do not overload instructors course prep or grading schedules. Learn how developing intercultural competence improves teacher effectiveness.

Shift and Shout: Conflict and Intercultural Competence (IDC 8)


In our increasingly multicultural community, success depends more and more upon a person’s ability to recognize and respond appropriately to conflict due to cultural difference. This interactive workshop proves practical tools to heighten awareness and help effectively manage and resolve conflicts. Improve your understanding of how culture impacts people’s responses to conflict.

All workshops are sponsored by the Diversity Bridge Team.

Contact Information

Dr. Leni Marshall
377H Harvey Hall