Intercultural Competence: Beyond the Basics

A One-Day Workshop for Business and Community Leaders in Elkhart County

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Check in — 8:30 a.m.

Registration for this workship is closed.

Are you tasked with diversity and inclusion intiatives at your nonprofit organization? Are you looking for resources to more effectively lead teams rich in cultural differences? Do you need assistance with engaging partners and clients from other social backgrounds?

AMBS supports leaders, organizers and other individuals who want to enhance their skills in communicating, collaborating and relating across cultural differences and similarities in their workplaces. The workshop will be designed with the needs of registrants in mind, making it distinct from other learning opportunities. Facilitators from The Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership, a nationally recognized resource for customized training solutions based at Norquest College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will develop the sessions. Lunch is provided.

This event is made possible with generous funding from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Inclusion Fusion | The Colbourne Institute. Credit: Provided.

Inclusion Fusion | The Colbourne Institute. Credit: Provided.


We have reached our maximum capacity for this workshop. Please fill out this form to be placed on a waiting list. We will contact people on the list if there are any cancellations.

Contact us

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis
[email protected]

If you can no longer particpate: Given the limited number of spaces, it is important that you notify us so we can offer your spot to another interested individual or organization.

More information about the workshop

Registrants will receive a brief pre-workshop questionnaire to collect information on their current cultural challenges and opportunities. Faciitators will use the responses to develop presentations that are in touch with the concerns of people in the room.

Organizations are invited to send up to two people to the workshop. We understand the difficulties of one person attempting to implement intercultural initiatives. Having multiple participants allows for immediate and shared creative thinking about ways to use what is being learned.

Roxanne Felix-Mah, Colbourne Institue for Inclusive LeadershipRoxanne Felix-Mah (MSc): Roxanne has more than 17 years of experience working in equity and inclusion in the fields of health promotion, community-based research, evaluation, settlement, and anti-racism in the private, public and non-profit sectors. These diverse experiences serve as a backdrop for her work in community capacity building, community development and mentorship. In addition to serving as Co-Executive Director at the Multicultural Family Resource Society, she is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Ian Mathieson, Colbourne Institue for Inclusive LeadershipIan Mathieson (MA), is well versed in techniques that use intercultural communication, intercultural conflict transformation, popular education and community dialogue. Ian has worked within organizational environments ranging from law enforcement and educational boards to health care institutions, community NGOs as well as the private sector. His academic background includes studies in international peace and conflict in Costa Rica focused on systemic forms of conflict transformation and peace operations, and a second MA with Innsbruck University, Austria, in Peace, Development, Security and Conflict Transformation with a focus on Equity education. Ian has training in Civil-Military Coordination with International Peace Support Missions and human rights work experience nationally and internationally.

The Colbourne Institute for Inclusion Leadership at NorQuest College, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, provides a range of services that encourage and support individual and organizational capacity in developing and sustaining inclusive cultures. It offers customized training solutions in the areas of diversity, inclusion and intercultural education. Since its establishment, the team has been a strategic training and consulting partner to over 80 organizations regionally, nationally and internationally as well as led several applied research projects in the areas of intercultural education, language training, and diversity and inclusion.

More details forthcoming.

8:30 a.m. | Arrival and check-in

9 a.m. to noon | Workshop

Noon to 1 p.m. | Lunch (provided)

1 to 4 p.m. | Workshop

Intercultural Competence at AMBS

Dr. Safwat Marzouk and Dr. Drew Strait, Encountering Egypt
Intercultural learning opportunities

AMBS offers regular learning opportunities that build intercultural competence that are open to the public, including courses like The Trail of Death, which explores the forced removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana, and learning tours like Encountering Egypt.

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism coordinator
Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism coordinator

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis leads and supports initiatives at AMBS, and is a consultant for organizations in the community. She is also a Qualifying Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

ICUR team member, Marisa Smucker
Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism team

The ICUR team consists of administrators, teaching faculty, staff and students, and assists AMBS in its strategic priority of building intercultural competence and undoing racism throughout the institution.