Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC)
*Indicates new workshop for 2014
Session I A: 5-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 14-18, 2014
Session I B: 3-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 16-18, 2014
Sample of SIIC: One-Day Workshops
These fast-paced mini-seminars are designed for those who want a sample of the Summer Institute experience but don’t have a lot of time. You can also conveniently add one of these workshops to the beginning or end of your program. The faculty are chosen from the ICI/SIIC network and topics reflect interest areas suggested by former participants. This is a great way to spend a day!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Session II A: 5-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 21-25, 2014
Session II B: 3-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 21-23, 2014
Session II C: 2-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 24-25, 2014
SIIC Fellows Program, July 6-23, 2015
The SIIC Fellows Program offers an opportunity to explore the field of intercultural communication, to assess career direction, to commit to a personal intercultural practice, and to learn about intercultural team development by working directly with other Fellows, SIIC staff, and faculty. This is one of two SIIC programs with a formal selection procedure. Our Fellows typically range in age from 25 to 70 and come from dozens of different cultures and professions. Approximately 30 Fellows will be chosen for 2015. Criteria for selection are:
During the Fellows Session preceding SIIC, Fellows receive professional development in multicultural team processes based on the practice of Personal Leadership. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative learning, and a rare opportunity for diverse individuals with a common interest to explore the role of intercultural communication in their lives.
During Sessions I A and II B, Fellows participate in workshops while also providing logistic and other assistance to the workshop faculty. In Session II B, they have the opportunity to discuss design and group process issues with the faculty. In addition, Fellows support SIIC in a variety of roles from setup and hosting, to assisting participants in the library and bookstore.
Financially, the SIIC Fellows Program represents a significant tuition discount. Fellows pay reduced tuition, room, and board for the first week of the Fellows Program, which includes the multicultural team training with the Fellows faculty, as well as for Sessions I A and II B. The Fellows Program is a combination of a mentoring program and a chance to get a different and more extensive behind-the-scenes Institute experience.
The total cost for Fellows (tuition and room and board for the whole Fellows Program) is $TBA. Fellows should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday evening, July 6, and depart no sooner than Thursday morning, July 23. Application forms will be available in the spring. The deadline for early acceptance, particularly for international applicants needing visas, is Friday, May 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 22, 2015.
Dr. Gordon C. Watanabe, a founding partner of Personal Leadership Seminars, consults in corporate, educational, and other organizational settings (most recently the Esalen Institute) on Personal Leadership, diversity, and intercultural competence. He is a professor emeritus and former special assistant to the president for intercultural relations at Whitworth University, where he focused on the role of deep self-understanding in successful cross-cultural negotiations and intercultural team building. Gordon was initiated as a meditation teacher in 2000, and now also offers energy meditation seminars. He has taught middle school biology and teacher education, and advised and counseled university-level international, study abroad, and minority students.
Dr. Sherwood Smith has traveled from New Jersey, where he was raised, to Antarctica, Asia, East Africa, and the Americas. He was the director of the Kenya College Semester Program at the School of International Training before coming to the University of Vermont, where he is the director of the Center for Cultural Pluralism. His work at UVM involves faculty and staff professional development on issues of culture and social justice. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational foundations and human development. Most recently he co-edited a two-part series, Our Stories I & II: The Experience of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses.
New Interculturalists' Program, July 12-19, 2015
Designed for those interested in a glimpse of SIIC behind the scenes, the New Interculturalists Program begins just before Session I, and offers an Institute immersion experience, an introduction to the field of intercultural relations, and an exploration of professional opportunities. All New Interculturalists will also attend a three-day workshop and a one-day Sample of SIIC class, where they will work closely with faculty in a support capacity. This is an opportunity to not only see behind the scenes but also be behind the scenes at SIIC and gain considerable insight into what drives the field and those who are actively engaged in it.
Ideal candidates for this program are recent college graduates interested in testing whether intercultural work is right for them, those considering intercultural graduate school, or professionals shifting from another field into intercultural careers.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
Through a mixture of discussion, presentation, exercises, and service to SIIC, New Interculturalists will experience both the theory and practice of intercultural relations. This is one of two SIIC programs with a formal selection procedure, and enrollment is limited so participants can receive more personal attention.