Cultural Competence Training For Students

Developing Cultural Competence (DCC) Student Certificate Program

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Online and Virtual Exchange

The Developing Cultural Competence student certificate program is currently only offered online. We plan to resume in-person sessions once we feel it is safe to do so.

Promoting Cross-Cultural Awareness

The DCC program aims to improve students’ cross-cultural competence by facilitating online discussions and cultural exchanges among participants. The virtual training program consists of self-paced individual learning modules. There are also four 90-minute facilitated meetings where participants can discuss and apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the modules.

Applying Cultural Skills

The course is designed to provide a theoretical framework for understanding culture, learning about cultural dimensions, and improving cultural competence. The program also introduces cultural skills that are immediately applicable to activities on and off-campus. The certificate program appeals to students in all academic disciplines and prepares students to:

  • Identify their own cultural preferences and have the tools to understand the preferences of others
  • Promote cultural awareness in personal and professional settings
  • Implement strategies for working effectively across cultural difference

The virtual exchange experience includes four 90-minute live Zoom facilitated discussions, independent learning, personal reflection, and a group presentation component. Global participants are enrolled in a shared learning management system for shared content and collaboration.

Exploring the World, From Home

Interest in the Developing Cultural Competence student certificate program has grown exponentially since its inception in 2018. In-person educational exchange programs are still limited because of travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, but students can still connect with others from around the world. Our live, facilitated online discussions promote cultural awareness and provide strategies for working across cultures. More than 1100 students have successfully completed the program already.

Contact Becky Cibulskis (rcibuls@ncsu.edu) for more information.


Summer 2021

DCC Level 1: July 5-30 (4 weeks, including four 90-minute live sessions scheduled for Wednesdays at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time on July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28)

  • Open to all NC State students and those at our global partner universities
  • Priority Deadline: May 28, 2021
  • Price: $100

DCC student growth graph

Building Bridges in the Midst of a Pandemic

The Developing Cultural Competence (DCC) certificate program was first launched in 2018 with 49 students participating in at least three of the workshops and a total of nine students graduating from the program.

Last year in 2020, an impressive 281 students from NC State, SKEMA, and 32 partner institutions completed the program. So far in 2021, the numbers of students and partner universities has continued to grow.

“Having these conversations helped me dispel misconceptions about other cultures and share perspective on my own culture. It was designed as a respectful, judgment-free environment and opened up my mind to the cultures of the world.”

Program Overview

Cultural competence is the perpetual process for individual growth in successfully navigating culturally diverse situations and working with people of other cultures. The virtual course includes 4 sessions, each with a self-paced learning module, 90-minute facilitated discussion and reflective exercises.

Orientation and Introductions

– Introduce the learning community
– Connect favorite traditions to cultural identities

Developing Cultural Knowledge

– Group presentation of a cultural knowledge report
– Identify cultural gaps

Foundations

– Describe one’s personal cultural identities
– Form cultural knowledge research groups

Skills and Application

– Consider how cultural skills bridge gaps
– Apply learning to past experiences and common scenarios

Program Highlights and Benefits

Developing Cultural Competence Student Ambassadors provide an overview of the online program and share their perspectives about the benefits of the certificate program and virtual exchanges (33 minutes).
Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to the following past participants who completed the program and earned the DCC certificate.