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The Missing Link in the DEI Conversation: How Intercultural Development Theory Can Increase Impact
The Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC) is a developmental model inspired by the work of social scientists Janet and Milton Bennett, and popularized by Mitchell Hammer, Ph.D., which asserts that individuals respond to differences along a continuum, ranging from monocultural to intercultural mindsets. Research shows that we often overestimate our own capabilities in the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) space, so learning where we, ourselves, are along this continuum can make visible our strengths as well as gaps, and particularly highlight misalignments of intention and impact. Knowing our own “Development Orientation” increases our effectiveness and our impact. Further, if we understand that our colleagues, students and community members are also somewhere along the IDC, we can enlist interculturally adaptive, research-based techniques to “meet them where they are,” support them in their own growth and build individual and organizational capacity to effectively engage in DEI work.

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Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College
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