The demographics of the United States are rapidly changing. Many of our church leaders and members are wondering how we can make our churches more racially and culturally diverse. This work starts with you. Each of us needs to know our own culture and then understand how we relate to other cultures. Several churches and organizations have found the Intercultural Development Inventory to be a helpful tool that has been incorporated into their own cultural discovery and their diversity initiatives.
This highly interactive course will provide you with the opportunity to explore your own sense of culture, to learn more about what the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is (and what it isn’t) and to hear about how it can impact both individuals and organizations, including churches.
You will also complete the IDI as a part of this course and receive a one hour individual feedback session.
More about the Intercultural Development Inventory - The IDI is a 50-item, theory-based, statistically reliable, and cross-culturally valid measure of intercultural competence. The IDI assesses the major stages of intercultural competence as conceptualized in Milton Bennett’s Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) and Mitchell Hammer’s Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC). The instrument is easy to complete, and it can generate a graphic profile of an individual’s or groups’ predominant stage of intercultural development and textual interpretation of that stage and associated transition issues.
Other measures of “intercultural competence” are criterion-referenced, in that they measure how close the respondent matches a set of characteristics or behaviors thought to be associated with intercultural competence. It is difficult to establish reliability and validity for such tests. As a theory-based assessment, the IDI meets rigorous scientific criteria for a valid psychometric instrument. Further, the IDI measures cognitive structure rather than attitudes. Thus, the instrument is less susceptible to situational factors, it is more stable, and it is more generalizable than other instruments commonly in use.
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Lunch is on your own off campus
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Differences create challenges. These challenges can either invigorate or divide an institution. In an increasingly diverse world, cultural competence is a critical part of professional development in every sector of the economy. Learning to work across differences and resolve conflicts is critical to service delivery, team building, productivity, and organizational and community change.
In carrying out this mission, Carrie and Richard conduct assessments, design and implement trainings, workshops, and other innovative strategies to empower, challenge, inspire, liberate and ultimately transform individuals and organizations to act in ways that promote the achievement of their full potential. They also provide organizational development and consultation services to organizations to assist in their development of a multicultural and inclusive organization.