Our programs aim to support staff, faculty and overall campus development. We help advisors and faculty grapple with their dynamically changing experience with students. Recognizing that these changes affect universities at a systems level, we advise administrators to understand the new context, gather necessary information on constituent needs in order to develop new and effective strategies that can achieve teaching, learning and development outcomes.
Bridging the Cultural Divide in the Classroom
ISSUE: Staff members, from career services to student services, have encountered international Asian students have been especially more challenging to support. Staff members have found the Asian student population to be particularly non-responsive, “masked” and “hard to read or understand”. Some do not exhibit a “sense of self”. They do not express their desires or interests readily and thus, can be difficult to help.
OPPORTUNITY: There are many cultural factors that affect such kinds of student behavior, especially a significant “power distance” perspective that can preclude students from expressing their true questions and needs.
This workshop will provide staff:
- Information and background about international Chinese / Asian cultural factors that affect classroom, academic and interpersonal behaviors
- The “whys” behind some befuddling behaviors
- Strategies to draw out real issues, questions and needs
American networking comes from a paradigm that does not exist in some cultures – such as reaching beyond social circles to ask for favors, crossing hierarchical levels when contacting older alumni or selling one’s capabilities through storytelling. Many students, especially those from hierarchical cultures like Asia, need to know the “A to Z” of networking.
This program provides:
- Cultural assumptions that impede job search storytelling and networking
- A step-by-step structure to teach American job search storytelling
- Appropriate steps and permissible language for networking
- The phases of an American networking conversations, from the meet and greet to saying goodbye
BRIDGING THE CULTURAL DIVIDE IN THE CLASSROOM
ISSUE: Faculty members in universities across the country are facing classrooms of students who do not respond in predictable ways. Among the most commonly observed, unanticipated behaviors:
- Students from Asia and non-Anglo cultures tend to not speak up in class or offer opinions
- They seem to lack critical thinking skills necessary for case study analysis
- They appear to plagiarize and cheat on exams
OPPORTUNITY: Cultural factors that affect student behavior, especially a significant “power distance” and “collective” perspective that preclude some students from expressing themselves in class and engaging at a higher level.
This program will provide faculty:
- Information and background about international and especially Chinese / Asian cultural factors that affect classroom, academic and interpersonal behaviors
- Strategies to encourage students to participate in class
- Strategies to address engagement, plagiarism, and teamwork with American students
- Techniques to connect with international students through their core values and needs