Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism (ICUR) Offerings
Nurturing the skills to relate well across cultures, resist oppression and seek God’s justice is a crucial part of AMBS’s mission, both within and outside of our learning community. The ICUR coordinator, Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, is essential in carrying out this work.
Nekeisha is available as a consultant through the AMBS Church Leadership Center to support inclusion and anti-oppression efforts of faith-based, nonprofit and grassroots organizations; congregations, businesses and individuals. This work involves a distinct focus on institutional change through a blend of strategic planning, coaching, workshops, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment and development, and other integrated services.
Learning sessions focus on topics like understanding race, intersectionality, addressing systemic oppression, intercultural competence and working for change. Sessions are customized to speak to the opportunities and challenges facing the congregation, organization or group with the aim of supporting their ongoing transformation.
Guided conversations to help establish intercultural competence, undoing racism and other anti-oppression initiatives within a congregation or group’s processes or in the way and organization operates. This involves working with partners to review current policies and procedures, determining what existing practices can organically support transformation, and identifying new tools to foster holistic, sustained change.
Personal support for organizational leaders (pastors, directors, executives, etc.) who are committed to growing in intercultural competence, undoing racism and other supremacies; and building structural justice into their lives and institutions. This includes accountability conversations to develop goals, check-in on progress, and discerning creative solutions to obstacles as they arise. Assistance with pursuing one’s IDI Development Plan goals is also available.
An independent review of policies, manuals, and other guiding organizational documents and key print and electronic communication materials (websites, brochures, etc.) using an anti-oppression/anti-supremacy and interculturally sensitive perspective.
Participants take a 50-question assessment, followed by an interactive group workshop to introduce the five areas of intercultural competence as identified by the IDI. One-on-one feedback sessions with individuals who have taken the IDI will explore their assessment profiles and development plans. The workshop and feedback sessions are mandatory for those who want to receive their personal IDI results in keeping with IDI LLC best practices.
Learn more about the IDI with this introductory video >>