The Winter Institute is a four-day professional development institute that will be held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, March 7-10, 2016. Please see the workshop schedule and descriptions below and register at:


Emotional Intelligence and Diversity for TeamsLee Gardenswartz & Anita Rowe

Learn to leverage difference and reap the benefits of diversity by capturing the energy of emotions and directing it in productive ways to build cohesive teams that make the most productive use of differences.

Creating Synergy Between Intercultural and Social Justice Approaches in OrganizationsAmer F. Ahmed

Cultivate professional behaviors and practices that model an integrated approach, and work to synergize practices and efforts to help create more effective outcomes for organizations.

Training for TransformationMick Vande Berg

Explore the nature of developmental, experiential, and holistic approaches to training while learning to interact appropriately and more effectively with those from other cultural backgrounds.

Intercultural and Inclusive Pedagogy in Higher EducationCatherine Ross

Examine the key role that motivation and metacognition can play in teaching inclusively; review examples of how they are linked to teaching strategies and learning activities, while keeping a focus on learner-centered pedagogies that are research-based and inclusive, and identifying areas that we can change.

Intercultural CommunicationJanet Bennett

Review the intriguing concepts of intercultural communication in a variety of global and domestic contexts, including the topics of perception, cultural patterns of thinking and behavior, assumptions, values, and cultural adaptation.

Making Sense of the Senseless: Using Intercultural Theory and Models to Understand the 21st CenturyTatyana Fertelmeyster

Current events tell us forcefully and often tragically that worldwide, we are coping with the inability to engage across difference. Learn ways to include intercultural concepts while exploring current issues in classrooms and social events.


Keeping Our Cool! Managing Cross-Cultural ConflictsDonna Stringer

Move through a learning process of understanding your own culturally learned behaviors and perceptions that can create cross-cultural misunderstandings and conflict; practice a number of tools to avoid or resolve cross-cultural conflicts.

Defining, Developing, and Defusing Difficult DialoguesAndy Reynolds

By using three core conceptual models (contact theory, emotional intelligence, and stereotype threat), this interactive workshop will offer useful tools and guide you through self-awareness exercises and challenging dialogues about real life cross-cultural issues.


Engaging Islam: A Perspective for EducatorsAmer F. Ahmed

Explore how you can help bridge the divide between Islamic identities and various societies through facilitated dialogue, discussion, and contextual exploration.

“It Depends”: Imagining Intercultural PerspectivesJanet Bennett

Practice several core competencies that are key to reining in our first impressions, and counteracting the human tendency to form barriers between us and them. You will receive a packet of useful classroom teaching activities.

Interculturalists Meet SilenceTatyana Fertelemeyster

This highly interactive workshop will provide you an opportunity to explore your relationship with silence and experience a wide variety of facilitation techniques that incorporate silence as their main component.

The Missing Piece: Quality Assessments in Intercultural LearningDarla Deardorff

Explore assessment fundamentals as applied to intercultural contexts, address pitfalls to avoid, and share examples and lessons learned from intercultural assessment experiences, including highlights of tools and methods that can be used.