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Building Cultural Competencies within your Organization

Building Cultural Capacities is designed to help individuals strengthen their awareness and understanding about Cultural Intelligence (CQ), as well as, enable them to have the ability to work better with people who are different from themselves, and to develop skills to interact better with individuals both professionally and personally. TU is offering this training to assist cultural understanding in any workplace and situation.

This program is designed specifically with multiple options that an organization can use to build a program that will:

  • Build a baseline of cultural understanding and intelligence within the organization.
  • Continuously build on that the key concepts covered in the training, including:
    • Understanding and intelligence of:
      • Self-Awareness
      • Self-Accountability
      • Adaptive Communication
      • Foresight
      • Cultural awareness and sensitivity

The goal of this program is for participants to think deeply about their cultural perspectives with the goal of advocating for others by “stepping up” with courage and respect for the sake of valuing others who are different from them and by creating a workplace environment that celebrates, welcomes and respects differences.

The program is designed to educate and train the groups within the organization by providing them with tools, resources and on-the-job skills to most effectively attain this self-awareness.

Overall Outcomes

To provide the knowledge, skills, tools, and perspectives to build competencies that will allow participants to:

  • First and foremost, understand self and manage self in order to most effectively exhibit positive leadership;
  • Demonstrate the ability to hold oneself accountable, with respect to recognition of cultural perspectives;
  • Understand others’ perspectives and how these perspectives are essential for not only a more productive workplace but an environment where better decisions are made because of the breadth of thought and viewpoints;
  • Practice and value the art of active listening and appropriate follow-up for shared understanding of communication outcomes;
  • Comprehend the complexities of human behavior and the impact on organizational dynamics.

For more information, view the CIE brochure here. 

Are you ready to begin your journey for a more diverse and inclusive environment?

Contact us today to discuss our training programs with multiple delivery options!

Center for IntercluTUral Excellence
Phone: 419.448.3433

“I was so impressed with the entire training session. The most eye opening activity was one with 20 index cards, which made us look and see who we are because of the influences we have around us. It showcased what we have and what we are missing in a visual way. That really put my life into perspective for me and it was very emotional.”

— Higher Education Member / Toledo, Ohio

“The team from Tiffin was such a breath of fresh air for our Division of Student Affairs. When COVID hit and we were unable to be in person, they adapted everything to a virtual environment and facilitated an engaging, thought-provoking, and personal training for 65 professional staff over three sessions. Our team still talks about how much they enjoyed and benefitted from the moments of introspection and the team development aspects.”

— Krissy Creager, Ph.D. / Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and the Student Experience, Purdue University Fort Wayne

The team of Change Leaders from Mercy College of Ohio had an amazing time engaging and learning with trainers from the Center for Intercultural Excellence at Tiffin University. Through a cultural intelligence lens, we were able to build trust within our group and engaged deeply on topics that strengthened our understanding of diversity and inclusion. The trainings constantly sparked curiosity and motivation to lean into DEI work as an everyday commitment. The powerful impact from the trainings solidified our decision to create a program similar to the one we experienced at Tiffin University. We are excited to bring this knowledge, awareness, and commitment to the Mercy College Community. I would highly recommend this training to organizations who are working to build/strengthen empathy and sense of belonging within the organization

— Javier Solorzano Parada / Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Mercy College of Ohio

Julia Porter and Nadia Lewis are the best of the best when it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging training. They make a sometimes difficult and uncomfortable topic enjoyable. These two bring a level of excitement, sophistication and ease to this subject and from this point forward, I will be coming to them for advice and suggestions on how to manage the unsteady world we are dealing with today. It was so easy to speak up in this session. Nadia and Julia created an environment that made the dialogue flow so naturally — even as I was sitting with people that I just met, who didn’t look like me or weren’t raised like me. It created some of the most productive conversations I’ve had all year! Thank you for providing this important training!

— Kenzie McEvily / Digital Experience Producer at McGohan Brabender
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