SHIFT and Intercultural Development

What is intercultural development? The IDC, IDI, SHIFT Workshops, and SHIFT credential.
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The Intercultural Development Continuum IDC traces the ability to shift perspective and adapt behavior in recognition of complex cultural similarities and differences. 

The Intercultural Development Inventory IDI is one way to assess intercultural development. The IDI is an online, self-paced 50-item questionnaire that can be completed in 15–30 minutes. 

To obtain an IDI link, attend the Start Some SHIFT workshop. Click on the Diversity Calendar above or use Stout's Master Calendar and check "diversity" to find the next available Start Some SHIFT workshop. At the workshop you'll be introduced to the continuum, partake in a short intercultural development activity, and be on your way to the online IDI.

After completing the IDI, one of the Ambassadors will contact you to review your results and start your development plan. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want.  More efforts = more results.  Below are additional workshops to use as part of your development plan. Campus and community diversity events that display the SHIFT logo can also be used. Please contact Kate Thomas if you see an event that could be added.

The SHIFT Starter credential documents your efforts, provides a time for reflection and discussion, and can be used as part of a resume, CV, job application, or any review process. See the separate link to download the SHIFT Starter credential and begin your journey.

Shift Happens

Open to the campus and community! Take one or all of our courses.

For specific times and to register, use the Event Types filter and search for Diversity on UW-Stout's Master Calendar

Start Some Shift! 

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 the Start SHIFT workshop is required to take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). 

Speaking SHIFT: Intercultural Communication 

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

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

“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

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

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

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 

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.

SHIFT: Change Campus Climate One Poem at a Time

In this interactive workshop, we will use poetry as a means of encouraging reflection and change in how we interact with one another and work to create a more inclusive environment in our departments and units. Bring your own favorite poem to share and reflect on how poetry positively shapes your emotions and improves wellbeing. 

Speaking SHIFT: Listen and Reflect on the Words of Our Diverse Students

In this interactive workshop, we will listen to and read narratives from diverse students as they talk about their cultural and educational background and take us on a tour of their native country or hometown. Improve cultural competence and build common ground with our students. 

All workshops are sponsored by the Provost's Office.