into The Center for Teaching and Learning is committed to supporting faculty in developing learning environments that include diverse perspectives and viewpoints from other world cultures, as well as promoting the development of intercultural competence among all UAB students. The CTL also endeavors to empower faculty in welcoming international students to our campus by creating inviting, inclusive classrooms that demonstrate an appreciation for the rich vitality they bring to campus life and learning.

To accomplish this goal, the CTL presents the Global Awareness workshop series, providing strategies, tips, and tools for working with and teaching international students, as well as topics related to cross-cultural communication and developing intercultural competence. Earning the CTL Global Awareness Certificate includes attending 6 Global Awareness workshops. See below for descriptions of upcoming Global Awareness workshops.

In addition, attendance at 4 workshops presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI ) are required to receive the CTL Global Awareness Certificate. DEI workshops are presented by DEI Education Director, Amanda Shaffer, and include the following topics: Cultural Awareness Building Blocks, SafeZone Training, Unconscious Bias Training, and Bystander Intervention. See below for DEI workshop descriptions.

For more information about this workshop series, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning.


  • October
  • November and December

 

CTL Global Awareness: Helping International Students Avoid Plagiarism

 •  Presented by Melissa Hawkins
 •  Friday, October 25, 11:30-1:00
 •  View workshop descriptions below
 •  Lunch provided for pre-registered participants
 •  Location: Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom, EB 243

 

DEI Global Awareness: Unconscious Bias

 •  Presented by Amanda Shaffer
 •  Tuesday, November 5, 11:30-1:00
 •  View workshop descriptions below
 •  Lunch provided for pre-registered participants
 •  Location: Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom, EB 243

 

CTL Global Awareness: Please Talk! Promoting Class Participation

 •  Presented by Melissa Hawkins
 •  Thursday, November 7, 11:30-1:00
 •  View workshop descriptions below
 •  Lunch provided for pre-registered participants
 •  Location: Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom, EB 243

 

CTL Global Awareness: Addressing Student Concerns with Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

 •  Presented by Melissa Hawkins
 •  Wednesday, November 20, 11:30-1:00
 •  View workshop descriptions below
 •  Lunch provided for pre-registered participants
 •  Location: Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom, EB 243

 

December

DEI Global Awareness: Bystander Intervention

 •  Presented by Amanda Shaffer
 •  Tuesday, December 3, 11:30-1:00
 •  View workshop descriptions below
 •  Lunch provided for pre-registered participants
 •  Location: Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom, EB 243


  • CTL Global Awareness Workshop Descriptions
  • DEI Global Awareness Workshop Descriptions

Understanding the Impact of Cross-cultural Values
Join this interactive session to learn about the most common values differences that cause conflict across global cultures. Since values are so deeply oriented within us, they affect our behavior in profound, often unconscious, ways. Learn how several general “U.S.” cultural values differ from the cultures of some of our most populous international student groups and consider the impact of this information on the classroom.

Tweaking Lectures for Optimal Comprehensibility
Acquiring advanced listening skills in another language is challenging. Learn what makes English, in particular, a difficult language to comprehend orally, and apply this information in specific ways to help make your spoken English more comprehensible to non-native English speakers. Then, discover strategic steps you can take to help your lectures be more effective in communicating course content.

Helping International Students Avoid Plagiarism
Notions of textual borrowing and sharing intellectual ideas are different across cultures. In addition, paraphrasing, and knowing what must be paraphrased versus what does not, is a rather complicated skill to master. Explore practical ways to help your international students navigate academic honesty in the American academic environment.

Managing Group Work with Cross-cultural Savvy
Carefully-designed, cross-cultural group work provides the most promising opportunity for intercultural learning to occur on an American university campus. In this workshop, examine the reasons that “mixed” groups of domestic and international students often fail. Consider specific steps you can employ to facilitate successful cross-cultural learning while students dynamically engage with course content at the same time.

Please Talk! Promoting Class Participation
International students from certain educational backgrounds are naturally reticent to speak out in class, simply due to cultural differences. Review ideas you can use to help students understand why our educational culture values classroom discussion and how to participate effectively and appropriately. Learn ways to spur on involvement spontaneously during class.

Addressing Student Concerns with Cross-cultural Sensitivity
Often, communication breakdowns between instructors and students occur in the outside-of-class environment. Discover the reasons behind the most typical situations in which cross-cultural communication incidents occur, including conversations about attendance, grades, grievances, classroom performance, and health. After exploring the values differences that can bring about the broken interactions, gather intercultural skills to turn these incidences around for everyone involved.

Cultural Awareness Building Blocks
Cultural Awareness Building Blocks provides the framework for gaining a nuanced understanding of the various meanings and the potential impact of diversity in higher education and the workplace. The session explores the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships and presents strategies and resources to better navigate and embrace cultural difference.

Cultural Awareness Building Blocks is the foundational session in the series of four DEI classes required to achieve the CTL Global Awareness Certificate for faculty (certificate requires a total of 10 workshops, 4 of which must be DEI Global Awareness workshops).

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of cultural awareness and how it applies to their work and personal interactions
  • Become familiar with key concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Learn strategies and resources that contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment.

 

Safe Zone Training
The SafeZone program offers LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) awareness training for all UAB faculty and staff. This two-hour session will provide an opportunity to learn about identities, terminology, concepts of gender and sexuality, and ways to create a welcoming and inclusive campus.

Participants will also be able to sign up to receive a SafeZone trained sticker to communicate their LGBTQ friendliness, although this is not a requirement of the session. SafeZone is second in the series of four DEI classes required to achieve the CTL Global Awareness Certificate for faculty (certificate requires a total of 10 workshops, 4 of which must be DEI Global Awareness workshops).

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of issues and concerns experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning faculty, staff and students.
  • Become familiar with current LGBTQ concepts and terminology
  • Acquire access to reliable resources and accurate information that contribute to safer, more inclusive learning and work environments.

  

Unconscious Bias
Bias is a “personal, sometimes unreasoned judgment” that can provide unconscious and often erroneous information. Understanding how our personal and cultural biases influence our decision-making and interpersonal interactions is an important step to reducing unconscious bias.

Unconscious Bias is the third in the series of four DEI classes required to achieve the CTL Global Awareness Certificate for faculty (certificate requires a total of 10 workshops, 4 of which must be DEI Global Awareness workshops).

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of unconscious biases and its presence in professional and personal behaviors and interactions
  • Become familiar with common types of personal, cultural and social bias
  • Learn about promising practices that reduce bias and contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment.

 

Bystander Intervention
Bystander behavior has been the focus of social psychological research for over four decades. Originally developed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses, the bystander model is now also used for noticing and intervening with harassing behaviors related to bullying and discrimination of all kinds.

Bystander Intervention is the fourth in the series of four DEI classes required to achieve the CTL Global Awareness Certificate for faculty (certificate requires a total of 10 workshops, 4 of which must be DEI Global Awareness workshops).

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of common types of microaggressions, bullying, and harassment
  • Become familiar with the widely accepted steps to action model for bystander interventions
  • Learn about types of intervention and explore potential barriers to action.

 

 

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