Margaret Miller Butcher (left), Department of Communication, and Jackie Mosley, Human Development and Family Sciences program, collaborated on the cultural competency video series.
Building cultural skills is essential on college campuses, in our communities and in the workplace.
Margaret Miller Butcher, Assistant Professor of Communication at the U of A’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and Jackie Mosley, professor of human development and family science at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Science’s School of Environmental Humanities, has created a series of videos exploring students’ notions of cultural competence to help them move along a continuum of monocultural to intercultural mindsets, based on the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Students in Butcher’s intercultural communication class and Mosley’s multicultural family class were instrumental in the early plans of the project, but once the classes moved away last year, the focus shifted. .
This summer, after tweets from #blackatuark surfaced and campus facilities began to reopen, Butcher and Mosley organized their alumni and student leaders from across campus to share their perspectives on skills. cultural values and the need for cultural acceptance in our communities. The result is a series of five videos on building cultural skills. With the help of U of A Global Campus video services, these videos were shot and edited from the perspectives of denial, polarization, minimization, acceptance and adaptation.
The videos and accompanying video guide are now available as a Open educational resources. They are free to use for diversity, equity and inclusion trainings in classrooms that focus on social justice topics and in a variety of community contexts.
Butcher and Mosley are both qualified IDI administrators and use the IDI as pre-tests and post-tests in their courses and create data from these courses and other assessment opportunities in education. classroom and on-campus and community training.
They completed the project after receiving a grant from the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center just as the pandemic struck last year.
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