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Intercultural Competency

Description : An interculturally competent individual is able to support and engage in creating an environment of cultural respect and inclusion.

Why this skill is important : Actively including people who are different from you is key to developing supportive and engaging organizations and communities. Seeking to understand others and making them feel welcome is valuable in your personal and professional life as it serves to broaden your own awareness of the varied experiences people have.

 

 
Level 1
Level 1 Intercultural Competency Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Level 1 of the intercultural competency badge, you will be able to:

  • Identify at least three personal cultural identities.
  • Define intercultural competency.
  • Identify at least three available campus and community diversity and inclusion resources, clubs, groups, services, or organizations.
Level 1 Intercultural Competency Activities

Complete the activities below to learn more about intercultural competency. More detailed information, including links to articles and videos, will be available in Blackboard. The quiz for Level 1 of the intercultural competency badge draws from this material.

  • Write a brief reflection detailing your knowledge of intercultural competency before you complete any of the activities for Level 1.
  • Read and/or watch a video about intercultural competency, including social identities.
  • Read information about campus and community resources.
Level 1 Intercultural Competency Evidence

Once you submit your evidence, you will receive verification that you completed Level 1 for this skill badge.

  • Complete the online assessment about your knowledge of intercultural competency, your self-knowledge, and intercultural competency resources.
Level 2
Level 2 Intercultural Competency Learning Outcome

Upon completion of Level 2 of the intercultural competency badge, you will be able to:

  • Participate in an experience that exposes you to a culturally unfamiliar situation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to act in a supportive or empathetic manner (using inclusive language).
Level 2 Intercultural Competency Activities

More detailed information about the activities that qualify will be available in Blackboard.

  • Participate in three activities, or propose and gain approval for three activities in which to participate. If you want to propose an activity, use the Level 2 Activity Approval Application located in the Level 2 Forms & Info section in Blackboard.
Level 2 Intercultural Competency Evidence

Complete the evidence portion of the badge after you participate in the three required activities for this skill. Once you submit the evidence below, you will receive verification that you completed Level 2 for this skill badge.

  • Provide evidence of participation in three unique activities.
  • Write a short (no more than 200 words) description for each activity in which you participated.
  • Write a short reflection about each activity in which you participated.
  • Write one goal to develop or improve your leadership in intercultural competency. The goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART).
     
Level 3
Level 3 Intercultural Competency Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Level 3 of the intercultural competency badge, you will be able to:

  • Articulate an experience that challenges your cultural values.
  • Evaluate your intercultural development.
  • Advocate for change that leads to an inclusive environment.
  • Establish three or more SMART goals to continue your intercultural growth.
Level 3 Intercultural Competency Activities

Complete the activities below to further present evidence of your intercultural competency skill. Once you submit the evidence below, you will receive verification that you completed the intercultural competency badge.

  • Lead one new activity (cannot use the same activities as Level 2) that helped you meet the goal you set during Level 2. 
  • Create a reflective piece that evaluates your intercultural competency skill development and articulates an experience that challenges your cultural values.
  • Write three or more SMART goals to continue your intercultural competency growth.
Level 3 Intercultural Competency Evidence

Complete the activities below to further present evidence of your intercultural competency skill. Once you submit the evidence below, you will receive verification that you completed the intercultural competency badge.

  • Submit a reflection piece related to your growth in intercultural competency that also discusses an experience that challenges your cultural values.
  • Submit three or more SMART goals to continue your intercultural competency growth.