Welcome to the Intercultural Toolkit!
Here in the Intercultural Office at Messiah College, we value experiences that lead to an increased understanding of the world and our place within it. We are committed to providing safe and transformative learning opportunities for our students, and want to provide resources here that foster continual intercultural learning and increased cross cultural competency.
Intercultural Learning & Competency
Do you want to increase your knowledge and understanding of other cultures?
Whether you work with international or multicultural students, or are planning on spending time in a different country, here are some resources to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills and better understand people from cultural backgrounds that differ from your own.
Digital Storytelling Resources
Students all have great stories to tell about their lives and experiences, but all too often their stories go untold. Digital Storytelling allows students to creatively communicate their narratives to faculty and other students. Check out the links below to learn more!
For reading pre-departure:
Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning - Richard Slimbach
Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience - Edited by Ronald J. Morgan and Cynthia Toms Smedley
Foreign to Familiar - Sarah A. Lanier
For reading after returning from off campus experiences:
The Art of Coming Home - Craig Storti
Check out this website for many more suggestions for introductory reading on these topics: Education in U.S. Domestic and International Contexts, Global Business, Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations, Multicultural/Virtual Teams, Culture and Conflict Resolution, and General Intercultural
Benefits of Off Campus Study
Studying Off Campus - International Travel Tips
Whether you are participating in a cross cultural course or spending a semester off campus, here are some resources for you!