International Programs and Services

Intercultural Development Program

 

Regardless of what you study or where you are located, you will inevitably live and work with diverse people.

Through hands-on workshops and practical involvement, UBCO's Intercultural Development Program will help you build your intercultural fluency to better understand the intersections of culture with power, politics, identity, media, art, and other social structures.

New in 2017/18, the IDP will be offering workshops, discussions, and events.Have an idea? Email idp.ok@ubc.ca.

Don't forget to visit our blog - The Global Spectrum! Read blogs, explore poetry, and learn about other IDP workshop contributions!

Find out here:

Am I eligible?

The Intercultural Development Program is for all (graduate and undergraduate) students at UBC's Okanagan campus who are enrolled in the Winter 2017 session, including:

  • Canadian and international students
  • Students going on exchange (in either Winter 2017 Term 1 or Term 2) or returning from an exchange (Winter 2016 or Summer 2017)

How does it work?

There are three components to the program:

1. Selection of at least four (4) workshops from the following:*

Workshops Date(s)  Time(s)  Location 

Mental Health from an intercultural perspective

Join the Intercultural Development Program in a discussion about Mental Health from an intersectional and intercultural perspective. What comes to mind when you hear the words

‘Mental Health?’ Are you empowered or disarmed? Is it talked about in our home or shied away from? In this workshop, we'll explore the realities of mental health among university students through an intersectional and intercultural lens. Here we shall deconstruct the stigmas around this crucial topic and take steps toward learning and healing as members of diverse communities. 

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

2:30P- 3:30PM

UNC 334

Reciprocity, Community and Connection

 

This Intercultural Development Program workshop seeks to address how diverse students mitigate feelings of isolation through practices of reciprocity, community and connection. We will deconstruct what seeking reciprocity means to you, what successful organizational reciprocity looks like, and what intercultural support look like. 

 


 

Friday, January 19th, 2018 1:00-2:30 PM pm UNC 334

 

Intersectionality (Positive Space from an Intercultural perspective)

Join the Intercultural Development Program in a discussion regarding positive space within an intercultural and intersectional context. In this workshop we will deconstruct what it means to be a queer person of colour.

 

 

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


6:00-7:30 pm

UNC 334

Power, Privilege and Culture

In this workshop we will discuss the core concepts of culture, identity, and oppression, including how power operates across social systems. This workshop will help participants identify ways to deconstruct their own power and privilege.

 

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 

5:00 -6:30 pm

UNC 227

Black History Month - 2018 Kinfolk Summit: I am willing to learn 

The 2018 Kinfolk Summit is organized within the Intercultural Development Program and aims to fostering equity and inclusion within the UBCO campus community, through the celebration of black people(s) who we refer to as Kinfolk. The summit is a three part event/workshop series. 

The first event "I am willing to learn,"  will include a theatrical performance by the quartet aptly named ‘Kinfolk’. The performance will take place in the UBCO theatre and will explore the themes of self-love and empowerment through a fusion of poetry, drama, spoken word and music.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018  6:00 - 8:30 pm ADM 026

 

Black History Month - 2018 Kinfolk Summit: Queen's Conversation

The 2018 Kinfolk Summit is organized within the Intercultural Development Program and aims to fostering equity and inclusion within the UBCO campus community, through the celebration of black people(s) who we refer to as Kinfolk. The summit is a three part event/workshop series. 

The second event "Queen's Conversation," will include a panel discussion of female students who are leaders in their own right. Throughout history, black women have played a pivotal role in the facilitation of an equitable environment as seen with Queen Nanny who led the maroon rebellion in Jamaica in the 18th century, or Harriet Tubman who led the underground railroad in the 19th century, and more recently,  Tamika Mallory who led the 2017 Women’s March. 

 

 

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

4:00-6:30 pm

TBA

 

Black History Month - 2018 Kinfolk Summit: Intersectionality and (Un)conventional Identities of Blackness

The 2018 Kinfolk Summit is organized within the Intercultural Development Program and aims to fostering equity and inclusion within the UBCO campus community, through the celebration of black people(s) who we refer to as Kinfolk. The summit is a three part event/workshop series. 

This final event will include a geust speaker (TBA) who will join us in deconstructing commonly held notions of what denotes “conventional blackness.”

 

 

Friday, February 23, 2018

TBA

TBA

We are planning additional workshops for March and April 2018. Check Back soon!




2. 
Completion of a practical experience of your choosing, which allows you to practice and reflect upon your learning. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating your own IDP workshop or discussion 

  • Volunteering for Global Fest, or another cultural event on campus

  • Writing a relevant article for The Global Spectrum blog

  • Participating in a community-based cultural project or event

  • Volunteering for a community-based (inter)cultural program for an organization such as Kelowna Community Resources or the Westbank First Nation

  • Go Global exchange

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3. Participate in the IDP Community.

Get to know the other students in the program over regular dinners, sharing articles and ideas on Facebook, going on field trips together, or attending special events. The IDP is a great way to connect with other students who are advocating for social change and working towards an intercultural campus community.

 

How do I register?

Register now by clicking here

Questions? Contact Saher Ahmed, International Student Advisor, at saher.ahmed@ubc.ca or by visiting UNC 227.