Intercultural Development Program

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Did you know that employers often seek candidates who have cross-cultural communication skills?

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 (IDP) will help you build your cross-cultural skills and intercultural fluency to better understand the intersections of culture with power, politics, identity, media, art, and other social structures.

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IDP helps students build cross-cultural skills that are required for academic and professional careers. We have various workshops that are facilitated by experienced staff and student coordinators on cross-cultural topics that are relevant in today’s society. Workshops such as Intercultural 101 provide students with the opportunity to explore the relationship between culture, language, and communication.

The workshops also help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in culturally diverse communities in Canada and abroad. Once students complete the program, they receive a letter of completion and a reference to include on their resume.

Program outcomes

Through participating in the Intercultural Development Program, participants will:

  • identify and explore their own identities and academic/workplace expectations in relation to the expectations and perceptions of others through discussion, reflection, and engagement with guest speakers;
  • develop cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills as a means to create more meaningful interactions in the school and workplace (for example networking, traveling abroad, communicating via email, meetings, and professional and social settings);
  • develop a realistic assessment of their biases and the impact of their own culture on value, assumptions, perceptions, expectations, and behavior;
  • connect and network with professors, community organizations, and subject-matter experts;
  • participate in practical workshops such as resume building and mock job interviews;
  • receive a letter of completion and an opportunity to improve their resume with new intercultural skills and references.


The Intercultural Development Program is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at UBC’s Okanagan campus who are enrolled in the Winter session, including Canadian students, International students, and students going on exchange.


There are three components to the program:

  • Attend and participate in three workshops
  • Practical experience component
  • Participation in the IDP community

IDP Meet and Greet – an introduction to the Intercultural Development Program

International Programs and Services is holding Intercultural Development program Meet and Greet! Join us at 4:30 p.m. in UNC 334 to learn more about the Intercultural Development Program. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: October 11, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Room: UNC 227


Cultural Appropriation

Join the Intercultural Development Program in a workshop on cultural Appropriation

Date:  October 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Room: LIB106B



How to disrupt a single story: an intercultural case study

Date: TBD

Time:  TBD

Room: TBD


Intercultural Conflict Resolution

Join us at UNC 227 for a workshop on Intercultural Conflict Resolution. In this workshop, we will be covering topics on how to overcome cultural barriers, including negotiating and interpersonal skills. In this workshop, students will be able to understand the impact of cultural differences on communications and conflict resolution. We will discuss ways students can create an environment where conflict and reconciliation can spark creativity, productivity, and strengthen relationships.

Date(s): TBD

Time: TBD

Room: UNC 227


Glocalization (not globalization) – an Intercultural Perspective

Join us on February 1 at UNC 227 for a workshop on Glocalization. In this workshop we will discuss what happens when globalization and culture connect. The cross-cultural context of glocalization allows us to examine issues of cultural difference and the translation strategies of ideas.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Room: UNC227




Intercultural 101

On February 11 in UNC 227, we will be facilitating a workshop that will explore the inherent relationship between culture, language and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. The workshop will help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today’s culturally diverse communities.

Date: February 11, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Room: TBD


Intercultural 101

On February 25th, we will be facilitating a workshop that will explore the inherent relationship between culture, language and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. The workshop will help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today’s culturally diverse communities.

Date: February 25, 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Room: TBD


Resume Skills – Cross-cultural Communication

Does your resume reflect intercultural communication skills? Do you know why these skills are vital for your success? Did you know that employers seek candidates who have intercultural/cross-cultural communication skills?

Join us on March 18 in UNC 227 to discuss your resume and cross-cultural communication skills.

Date: March 18, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Room: TBD


Unable to attend the workshops?

If you would like to participate in IDP but are unable to attend the required number of workshops because of classes or other reasons, email us at to discuss options.

Presenting or requesting a workshop

Students and staff are welcome to present a relevant topic of interest with the help of an International Advisor. Additionally, if there is a topic that interest you that you would like us to facilitate, send us an email.

Participants will complete a practical experience of your choosing, which provides an opportunity to practice and reflect upon your learning. Some examples include, but are not limited to:


  • IDP TAKE OVER –  Gain facilitation experience by presenting on an intercultural topic

Get to know the other students in the program over regular dinners, sharing articles and ideas on our Facebook group, going on field trips together, or attending special events.

For example, International Programs and Services collaborates and supports campus partners and student clubs. Some of the events we support are Age-Link, Harmony, Black History Month, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Pride activities, International Women’s Day, Rule out Racism and movie nights!

The IDP is a great way to connect with other students who are advocating for social change and working towards an intercultural campus community.

Meet the IDP Coordinators

Dilara Kakillioglu

My name is Dilara and I am a second-year student working towards a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations and a possible minor in French. Being half-Romanian and half-Turkish, having lived in three different continents, and having learnt how to speak five languages, it has always been my passion to create a culturally inclusive environment and understand individual differences and stories within diverse communities. My interests range from humanitarianism to global politics and I aspire to further my studies in International Law. I hope that through my role as an IDP coordinator, I will create an environment of cultural awareness and a space where anyone regardless of religion, race or age can feel safe to communicate and learn freely. 

Emilo Freire

My name is Emilio Freire (he/him) and I am on my third year of undergraduate studies pursuing a sociology major with a minor in political science. I was born and raised in Ecuador, a small, beautiful, and diverse country in South America. I am passionate about themes that encompass social justice, human rights, refugees, globalization, and Latin-American culture. I am always down for a chat related to these topics. I also like playing soccer, photography, and good coffee.

Nina Mohtarudin

My name is Nina and I am currently in my fourth year of Biochemistry. Having been born and raised in Malaysia, a diverse country, it was always important for both myself and the people around me to create an inclusive environment despite of our differences in terms of race, religion, and gender. But it wasn’t until I moved to Canada that I realized how much a cultural construct could affect people’s views on societal issues. I aspire to educate people, as well as myself, by having conversations that are important to have in today’s day and age. 

Lisvet Parra

My name is Lisvet Parra. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and came to Kelowna to complete my post-secondary studies a little over two years ago. I am currently doing a Bachelor of Arts and hope to major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Coming from a developing country, I have both witnessed and experienced discrimination, misrepresentation and even marginalization. For these reasons, I hold close to my heart the role of advocacy as it relates to creating awareness of diversity and promoting inclusion. As one of the coordinators of the Intercultural Development Program, I hope to contribute in developing a safe space for minorities in UBC Okanagan’s campus.



If you have questions about IDP, contact us at or by visiting UNC 227.

The Global Spectrum: Intercultural Development Program Blog

Blog contributions for The Global Spectrum blog are by students and supported by IPS staff. The Global Spectrum serves as a link between UBC’s Okanagan campus and the world by addressing issues important to students. The Global Spectrum relies on foundations of inclusivity and seeks to increase involvement, equity, diversity, and community within the International Programs and Services Department by featuring cultural events, sharing cultural expression, and organizing/promoting social events on campus and in the community.  Our team works to ensure that the stories, perspectives and experiences of diverse students who are committed to social justice issues are shared, including their work to reduce marginalization related to class, colonization, ability, age, gender, race, body type, and sexuality are recognized.

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