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.

To register for the Intercultural Development Program, please click HERE.


IDP helps students build cross-cultural skills and intercultural fluency that are required for academic and professional careers. We have various workshops that are facilitated by experienced staff and student coordinators on Intercultural 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, identity, politics 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;
  • increase their understanding of social and cultural differences
  • Identify cultural positionalities through self-awareness, socio-political history, belief systems, and ideologies, to recognize and address your own values and biases
  • 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;
  • increase their understanding and knowledge of historically, persistently, and systemically marginalized groups
  • understand the diverse and contextual nature of culture through empathetic listening and critical thinking
  • 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: January 31

Time: 1:00 PM

Room: UNC 227

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): Feb 18th, 2020

Time: 4:30 PM

Room: UNC 227


UBUNTU Chat Part 2

February is Black History Month. Join the African Caribbean Student Club and the Intercultural Development Program in a discussion about identity and culture.

Date(s): February 27th, 2020

Time: 4:30 PM

Room: UNC 200


Culture in the Canadian Work Place 

Find out what it is like to look for work in Canada and what tools you need to stand out and get ahead. Discover job preparation strategies and develop key intercultural skills that will help you secure a job.

Date(s): March 2, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM

Room: ASC 130


(Cancelled) Intercultural lens on Glocalization and Globalization 

In this workshop, students will use an intercultural lens to discuss glocalization and globalization. This dialogue will help students hone their skills in communication on complex topics within an intercultural setting. The cross-cultural context of Glocalization allows us to examine issues of cultural difference and the translation strategies of ideas.

Date: Unfortunately, we will be rescheduling the workshop as we would like to provide students with the opportunity to attend. We will notify all students who have registered about the new date and will post this to the UBC Calendar and website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email


Time:  4:30 PM

Room: UNC 227


(Cancelled) Cultural Identity (a case study)

In this workshop, students will discuss cultural identity. We will present a novel case study to discuss stereotypes and dominant narratives of identity. Students participating in this workshop will have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion of navigating complexities relating to cultural identity

Date: March 13, 2020

Time:  5:00PM

Room: UNC 227


(Cancelled) 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 23 in UNC 227 to discuss your resume and cross-cultural communication skills.

Date: March 23, 2020

Time: 4:30 PM

Room: UNC 227


(Cancelled) Decolonizing Knowledge

On March 27 in UNC 227, we will be facilitating a workshop that will explore the term “decolonization” and address what decolonization may look like from an intercultural perspective.

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 5:00PM

Room: UNC 227


(Cancelled) Intercultural 102

On April 1, we will be facilitating an advanced 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: April 1, 2020

Time: 4:30 PM

Room: UNC 227


(Cancelled) IDP Meet and Greet and Wrap Up

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

Date: April 3

Time: 4:30 PM

Room: UNC 227



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 International Advisor, Saher Ahmed at to discuss options.

Presenting or requesting a workshop

Students and staff are welcome to present a relevant topic of interest. 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.