6. Intercultural Alliances and Social Change

March 12-14, 2019

How can we initiate connections, build relationships, and sustain alliances in these uncertain, difficult, and polarizing times? Racial tension, xenophobia, ethnic nationalism, misogyny, and economic disparity are not only on the rise; they are increasingly mobilized, normalized, and valorized in the U.S. and many regions of the world. How, then, do we address prejudices and fault lines to develop intentional alliances across racial and ethnic, gendered, class, and nation-based differences?

This workshop is designed for educators, community organizers, and others interested in building and sustaining intercultural alliances for social change. Using the Intercultural Praxis Model, participants will gain an understanding of how cultural differences intersect with systems of power and privilege historically and today to create vastly different frames and positions from which to make sense of and act in the world. A range of experiential activities enable participates to gain knowledge and strategies to navigate, bridge, and leverage differences to address the challenges of our times.

Kathryn Sorrells need for intercultural communication

Dr. Kathryn Sorrells is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. She teaches courses in intercultural communication, intercultural training, cultural studies, feminist theory, communication, and globalization, as well as global peace and justice. She has been instrumental in developing a campus-wide initiative, to create a proactively engaged campus. Kathryn has facilitated change processes in the areas of diversity, gender, and intercultural conflict. She is also a potter and brings her creative interests into the classroom and scholarly work. She is the author of Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice, co-editor of Globalizing Intercultural Communication, and has published a variety of articles.