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Intercultural Toolkit

Welcome to the Intercultural Toolkit!

Here in the Intercultural Office at Messiah University, 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.



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.

The Transcultural Journey - Richard Slimbach

Milton J. Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS)

Developing Intercultural Competence for International Education Faculty & Staff

What is Global Competency?

What are Microaggressions?

Examples of Racial Microaggressions

What's Up With Culture?

Plato: Global Scholars







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!





Examples of Digital Storytelling: The Fabric of Life and Inca World Digital Storytelling


Digital Storytelling and Cross-Cultural Courses Powerpoint Presentation






Center for Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling Guide

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Travel Photography Tips





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