Diversity Awareness Training

Overview of Community of Respect Seminar

The University of Texas at Dallas
Length of Seminar: Eight Hours

Program Outcome

This seminar will lay a foundation and set the tone for more effective and successful communication across American inter-ethnic and international communities helping them to understand their interactions with each other. The program focuses on how other cultures (within the U.S. and internationally process information, create relationships and communicate, preparing individuals form a wide range of professions to understand how to best work with all kinds of people.

Learning Outcomes

The participant will:
  1. Gain a better understanding of culture, cultural values and how and why we judge the behaviors of others.
  2. Define new vocabulary and concepts about effective communication across cultures
  3. Identify the most challenging stumbling blocks or barriers to communication across cultures
  4. Identify the broad spectrum of cultural behaviors and what drives those behaviors
  5. Identify cross cultural perspectives that impact the communication process
  6. Identify verbal and non-verbal communication techniques and how they can be misunderstood
  7. Apply gained understanding to case studies

Location: Faculty/Staff Dining Hall
Date: August 8th, 2014
Time: 9AM - 5PM

This seminar is at capacity. If you are interested in future seminars, register here.

About the Speakers

Linda Edwards

Linda Edwards

Ms. Linda Edwards is the Director of Community Outreach, at Texas A&M University. In her current position as the Director and under the leadership of Chad Wootton, Associate Vice President for External Affairs she is responsible for developing and coordinating international and community outreach efforts for Texas A&M University and the coordination, implementation and management of the Community of Respect Program. Ms. Edwards is a member of the original steering committee for the Community of Respect intercultural training program and a member of the curriculum development team. As a trained facilitator she has 17 years of experience in training and development specifically in areas of self awareness and communication. Ms. Edwards served as the Chair of the Operations Committee for the China U.S. Relations Conference, a series of conferences that ran for seven years by exchanging host sites between the U.S. and China biennially. She led a work group in South America to help in the planning of the opening of The Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica. She has also traveled to Japan and Qatar, providing her with rich examples of cross-cultural communications styles. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 2002 and a Masters in Management in 2003 from Texas A&M University. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 979-862-6700.

China Jenkins

China Jenkins

China Jenkins is a facilitator for Community of Respect. She is a doctoral candidate in the Adult Education program in the college of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M where her research interests are focused on culturally responsive pedagogy, professional development, and cultural value orientations. While serving in the U.S. Army as a Korean linguist, China discovered a passion for teaching and has earned honors for her ability to train others. Her travels and work experiences have helped to foster a great appreciation for cultural diversity. In her current role, she provides curriculum development, training and research for the Community of Respect program. Ms. Jenkins has a B.A. in French from Illinois State University and a Masters in Education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in multicultural education from Texas A&M University. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].


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