Intercultural Competence Training
I offer workshops on intercultural competence ranging from a few hours to a few days, and I also offer feedback and consulting to individuals interested in intercultural competence. I begin by introducing participants to a model for understanding how people and groups develop toward intercultural competence with time and experience. I also offer resources to discover next steps to take on the road toward intercultural competence, for both individuals and groups or organizations. In longer workshops, we have time to engage with some of the tools and experiences that further this developmental work.
Most of my work in this field has been in the context of Unitarian Universalist organizations. I have offered presentations and workshops through the Northern New England and Mass Bay Districts. I have worked with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Committee on Ministry for Anti-Racism. I worked with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington to help the whole congregation engage in intercultural competence work with the goal of creating a more inclusive congregation. I have also offered feedback to numerous individuals.
I work with the Developmental Model of Intercultural Competence, created originally by Dr. Milton Bennett. I like this model specifically because it is developmental. The model says that we develop over time in our ability to perceive and respond to cultural differences and similarities. The model assumes that we are all somewhere in this continuum of development, meaning that we are all learning and we all can learn. Intercultural Competence can be acquired with the right experience and support. I find this an incredibly hopeful and empowering model.
Intercultural Competence and Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression
Many people and groups are used to engaging with models of diversity and inclusion work which focus on Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression work rather than intercultural competence. Sometimes there is a perception that these models are mutually exclusive. I disagree. I believe that both intercultural competence work and Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression (ARAO) work are vitally important. My focus is on intercultural development work because this is a model that makes sense to me and excites me, and because I have the skills and talents needed to do this piece of work well. From my perspective, the DMIS helped me understand aspects of ARAO work better, and I believe that the intercultural competence development that can be accomplished through work with the DMIS and IDI can help people become more effective agents in ARAO work. I encourage individuals and groups to engage both with development toward intercultural competence and with work to dismantle racism and other forms of oppression.
To schedule a workshop or consultation, or to ask questions about work with the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, you can contact me at ParsleySpirit@gmail.com