The Culture Hour is an informal setting where individuals can gather to discuss their personal experiences with cross-cultural exchanges...
What was difficult
What was confusing
What was interesting
What was different
What was familiar or the same
In this format, everyone serves as an expert to explore the nuances of interaction between individuals; the rules that govern behavior and communication, especially non-verbal communication; the outcomes of these interactions and the expectations we bring to every encounter.
Develop awareness of self as a cultural being
Understand how unwritten cultural norms or rules are taught by the family and environment and influence every interaction
Gain awareness of how expectations impact perceptions of communication and our perceptions of other people
Understand and identify Culture Bumps
Gain awareness of how culture is a part of every exchange
Gain the ability to analyze situations and develop cross-cultural communication skills
Develop cultural competencies for the classroom, work and interpersonal relationships
Who benefits from these discussions?
International students, scholars or researchers living, working and/or studying in the United States
Anyone who interacts with an international population - fellow students, residents, researchers, faculty and staff
Anyone studying abroad -- student, faculty, administrator or staff
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