During this time, there is a critical need for a new generation of individuals and future leaders who understand the major challenges to cross-cultural relations/conflicts and who have the capabilities, commitment and grit to address them. The CBE resources are created to providing programs and intercultural tools that have the potential to empower people to see the world from multiple perspectives and to realise their opportunities and responsibilities for global concerns.
Crossing Borders Education carefully crafted a variety of Intercultural Resources for educators, teachers, coaches or community organizers that can be easily custom tailored to the specific needs of diverse institutions. The CBE resources are designed to strengthen the growth of key social skills and in the process support the development of a Culture of Dialogue and constructive Conflict Transformation.
Our resources are created for following areas:
Why include an Intercultural Curriculum Program?
Crossing Borders Education’s Curriculum Program responds to the following trends at educational institutions:
- Many educators are asking for a stronger focus on diversity learning and intercultural skills in order to harness the potential and tackle the challenges of international classrooms and diverse campuses.
- Higher educational institutions mostly acknowledge the necessity of an international focus in their mission statements, yet many still have a long way to go in delivering on that objective in the curriculum.
- Our current world situation puts an imperative on higher educational institutions to equip students for the diverse and complex societies they will live and work in.
The Curriculum Program is designed to serve American and European institutions in reaching the following objectives:
- To support constructive intercultural and interracial communication on campus.
- To support faculty and staff in the creation of classroom activities where students can address intercultural and diversity issues in safe and constructive ways.
- To help overcome the separation between students of different nationalities, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds and create meaningful peer-to-peer interactions between groups.
- To support the inclusion of intercultural sessions into the curriculum, helping development of key social and leadership skills.
- To increase student awareness of existing international programs and the personal impact they have on the personal development and career of students.
The Curriculum Program combines following educational and interactive approaches:
- To link the fields of intercultural learning, diversity training and international programs.
- To use intercultural learning as a container to help students develop skills such as critical thinking, openness to other perspectives, intercultural empathy and self-awareness.
- To use film of real-life intercultural encounters to ease the way for meaningful, real and constructive peer-to-peer student interactions.
- To connect international students with domestic students in small group classroom activities, helping overcome international student isolation.
The Curriculum Program assists students to grow and develop in the following areas:
- Intercultural Understanding: Support participants’ openness to hear and value a variety of perspectives and understand the power of diversity.
- Intercultural Communication: Grow students’ skills and capacities to communicate across cultural differences.
- Global Awareness: Increase students’ awareness to see the interconnectedness of human, economic and world issues.
- Self Awareness: Enhance students’ abilities to communicate about personal challenges and to learn how to deal with diversity issues.
Progress made in these areas will increase students’ resourcefulness to operate effectively at our diverse institutions, to work in a global economy and to live in our increasingly interdependent world.