Culture Café series launched by Brock International

The first in a series of events meant to increase intercultural competency on campus is taking place next week.Launched by Brock International Services, Culture Café will start on Wednesday, May 30 and continue throughout the summer.The series aims to boost intercultural awareness among students to help them understand and embrace the positive impact that different races, languages and cultures have in an increasingly diverse society.For a growing number of employers, intercultural competency and awareness is seen as a top skill for new hires. However, many prospective workers overestimate their ability to work effectively with people who are culturally different from them.To help develop this skill, bridge differences and foster a culture of inclusion and respect on campus, Brock International Services created a new role earlier this year.Since beginning in the new position in February, Intercultural Communications Co-ordinator Trecia McLennon has been working to create a program plan for students to broaden their horizons.The Culture Café series will be the first related initiative. The inaugural event takes place Wednesday, May 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the International Centre Global Commons (IC104), with subsequent sessions planned for the same location and time June 27, July 25 and Aug. 25.While enjoying a variety of provided treats, participants will engage in dialogue and activities designed to set students up for success on campus and at work.  Over the course of the summer, students can expect to break down stereotypes, learn about their own identity, role play, design cultural fusion recipes, build relationships and ask/answer questions about culture and diversity in the workplace.“The event is a great way to make new friends from different cultures and engage in cultural skill building right here on campus,” McLennon said. “Our objective is for students to come away with a better understanding of themselves and others,” she said. “My hope is that this will provide a great foundation for cross-cultural friendship.”By attending Culture Café, students also have the opportunity to earn one lecture credit towards Brock University’s International Plus certificate.More details on the event can be found on the ExperienceBU website. Any questions can be directed to McLennon at x6211 or by email at [email protected] read more