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Assessing Cultural Proficiency Quotient  

A better intercultural competence can help us act as a bridge between cultures and be global citizens. A start to improve in any area is finding out where we stand now and where we want us to be. After week one at Rockefeller Global Leadership Program, I gave the Self Assessment with IDI. I responded to a 50-item questionnaire that evaluated my intercultural competence in terms of my  cross-cultural goals, the challenges I faced while navigating cultural differences, incidents I encounter around cultural differences and my techniques to handle them.

Intercultural Communications

One of the greatest opportunities that my Dartmouth education has offered me thus far (and offers to all who are receptive) is an academic context through which to better understand and examine the role that privilege plays in my life. Prior to Dartmouth I was lucky enough to have a family that instilled in me a sense of gratitude, a feeling that is inextricably intertwined with an awareness of privilege. However this was a sort of pre-theoretical feeling of privilege that I truly needed guidance in examining further. Our session with Dr. Anya was just another example of Dartmouth’s efficacy in helping students to better understand what it means to have privilege, where it comes from, and at whose expense we are in possession of it.

In her explication of social “praxis”, Dr. Anya illustrated the methods by which we can effectively apply the theory that we have been exposed to. Recognizing the need for application is essential, for, while it is invaluable to continue to learn about what it means to have privilege and live with privilege, it is not enough to stop there.

Working From Outside of Your Comfort Zone

On February 1, 2016, Mestre Marquinho Coreba, professional Capoeirista and teacher at Capoeira Gerais Boston, facilitated a RGLP session in which students were introduced to capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.

 During the Portuguese colonial period of the 16th century, African slaves invented capoeira as a way to camouflage the practice of martial arts in the form of dance in the hopes of rebelling against slaveholders. Capoeira developed into a combination of fighting, dance, music and acrobatics and represented not only a method of covertly practicing martial arts, but also a method of passing on culture and resisting oppression. Over the past few centuries to the modern day, Capoeira has evolved from a prohibited, marginalized mode of expression to an integral part of Brazilian culture.

Because I had never done capoeira before, the activities of the entire session were new to me. However, it was very fun to dive in and experience firsthand how the moves we learned, from the basic ginga to the aú cartwheel, correlated directly with the rich history and cultural traditions Brazil.

Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Dottie Morris, Ph.D., Chief Officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism at Keene State College, spoke with students about Cultural Fluency. Program participant, Arati Gangadharan, shares her reaction to the experience here.

Global Citizenship and What it Means to have an International Identity

Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center, Marietta College, facilitated a Rockefeller Global Leadership Program session on globalization. He began with a brief explanation on how the form of the modern nation has changed over time. Dr. Perruci then explained the three stages of globalization and how today, in the third stage of globalization, national borders have become permeable as individuals are becoming increasingly mobile while corporations compete for talent in the international realm.

Cultural Expectations and Social Behavior

The January 11th RGLP session kicked off with several metaphoric activities intended to get students thinking about perspective. Holly Lanagely '19 and Ashley Dotson ’18 share their reactions here.

RGLP Recap: "Intercultural Communication" with Dr. Uju Anya '98

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

Dr. Uju Anya '98 describes the role of language in intercultural communication. Photo by Hung Nguyen '18.

This Monday, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program had a session with Dr. Uju Anya '98, a professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education on intercultural communication.
Before the discussion began, we were given a TedTalk by acclaimed writer and activist Chimamande Ngozi Adichie to watch, where she explained the concept of a single story. A single story refers to how a culture may be represented as a single story through media, books, and other sources of information. However that story does not fully capture the diversity in the said culture and offers an extremely narrow viewpoint.

RGLP Recap: Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento (3)

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

Pooja Sikka '18 saw a different perspective on intimacy during the capoeira session. Photo by Philip Son '16.

This session was one of my most fun and unique experiences yet in RGLP. It really challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and completely immerse myself in another culture. The instructor, Fabio "Fua" Nascimento, told us in the beginning that our behavior shows a lot about who we are, determines how other people perceive us, and how we identity ourselves. If we slouch, for example, and speak quietly all the time, then we may come off as insecure, depressed, anxious, and not sexually confident. This behavior can cause us to feel negatively about ourselves as well.

RGLP Recap: Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento (2)

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

RGLP Recap: Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

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