This seminar explored the benefits of intercultural training and how this can enhance and build on staff and students’ working relationships through developing new areas of training within teaching and practice settings. It aimed to provide essential learning points and interactive resources to enable participants to work competently in intercultural settings. The primary aim of the seminar was to respond to the growing need of students and staff in developing their knowledge and capacity to appropriately deal with and accommodate diversity in their practice settings. The seminar also aimed to equip participants with knowledge and understanding to help contribute to better practice in intercultural relations both in teaching and practice settings. It provided participants a participants to examine personal and professional values, attitudes and behavioural practices in relation to diversity, difference and equality.
A Follow up one day workshop will take place the 8th of May 2014, UCC which will build on the themes explored in the seminar which took place on the 3rd April 2014. Doras Luimni’s integration officer Dr. Matt Cannon will facilitate the teaching and learning elements of the workshop. The day seminar will encourage a reflection on what types of behaviour or practices undermine equality and dignity at work and look at how these situations might change through individual and collective action within institutions. This initiative is supported by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning.
This collaborative initiative between Doras Luimni, The School of Applied Social Studies and The School of Nursing and Midwifery will be part of an on-going initiative where we hope to develop modules both at undergraduate and post graduate level where participants can acquire CPD points to enhance their professional practice.