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

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 Time  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

2:30pm- 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 1:00pm-2:30 PM  UNC 334

Cross-Cultural Queerness


Join the Intercultural Development Program in a workshop and discussion about the understandings and celebrations of gender and sexuality across the globe.


Monday, January 29th, 2018

11:00-12:00 AM

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: "Hearth" -Queen's Conversation

February is Black History Month and three – part workshop series, entitled “2018 Kinfolk Summit” has been planned to celebrate Black History Month. The Kinfolk Summit is a student led initiative within the Intercultural Development Program, that aims to foster equity and inclusion with the UBCO campus community.            


The first workshop "Queen's Conversation," will include a panel discussion of female students who are leaders in their own right. The panel members consist of Ashleigh Giffen, Dia, Rebecca Tenna and Valentina Ryigimba and mediated by Lolia Tamuno. The panel will discuss the complexities of race and revitalization through creativity.


This event will take place on February 8 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the ARTS ATRIUM. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018  5:30 - 7:00 pm ARTS ATRIUM

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 foster 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. 

We are honored to have Guest Speaker Rawle James join us in deconstructing commonly held notions of what denotes "conventional blackness." We will explore the origins of black racial identity and discover how students of color can develop their understandings of identity to further help them navigate the post colonial landscape

This workshop will take place on February 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the UNC Theatre.

Appetizers and refreshments provided.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

5:30-7:30 pm

UNC Theatre

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

The 2018 Kinfolk Summit is organized within the Intercultural Development Program and aims to foster 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 final 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.

This event will take place on February 23 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM IN ADM 026


Friday, February 23, 2018

7:00pm to 9:00pm

ADM 026

 HEARTH II - A Womyn's conversation Continued

This workshop is in collaboration with Equity and Inclusion Office and the Indigenous Student Association for Rule Out Racism. The female-identified panel will discuss race and radical self love. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

 5:30pm- 7:30pm   Arts Atrium

The Privilege Apology

At this workshop, we will discuss how your privilege which fuels your behavior can be beneficial or detrimental for either those in the privileged position or those who are not. Of course, your initial feelings are your own. You cannot help how you feel, but you can shift your feelings. With great privilege comes great responsibility.



Friday, March 23rd, 2018

2:00pm- 3:00pm UNC 334 
 The Challenges of Women's Empowerment in Development

Due to the dominant rhetoric of women’s empowerment as beneficial and positive, it is important to consider the contradictory effects of this discourse. This workshop is intended to highlight some of those issues and discuss them with a critical lens.




Thursday, March 29th, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm  UNC 227

Decolonizing Knowledge 

In this workshop we will deconstruct western forms of knowing. Learn from other cultures the non-linearity of knowledge, such as learning from dreams, stories, and experiences.


Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm  UNC 334


All Lives Matter? But that's not the point.

In this workshop we will discuss co-opting social movements!


Wednesday, April 11th, 2018


 UNC 334

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


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 or by visiting UNC 227.