The challenge of creating a shared vision on intercultural education requires integrating diverse people into a cohesive whole. This challenge places us on a path of trying to find out what resonates with students, leaders, and members of our community. Providing intercultural education and dialogue opportunities allows us to discover our contextual framing: How do we understand our context, mission, and purpose.
Bringing students and community members together for education on what intercultural means is one of our primary tasks. Below are two examples of ways intercultural education and dialogue take place at Goshen College:
- Difficult Discussions across Difference – Students, faculty and administrators sit to listen and engage in conversation on difficult topics that resonate with current local, state, national, and international communities. Students are invited to enter the dialogue space as a learner ready to be transformed by what she or he has received.
- Intercultural training – Students, faculty, and administrators participate in regular intercultural training’s that offer education on the ins and outs serving in a community that is diverse. Faculty and external speakers offer education to students and faculty peers.