Title of Submission

Interprofessional Use of Story Exchanges for Developing Intercultural Understanding

Presenter Type

Faculty

Brief Bio Sketch

L. Soul Brown is a doctoral student at Pacific University whose interest is in the practice of race-based conversations for addressing inequities in higher education. She currently is a member of several community- and school-based DEI committees in her home state of Massachusetts. In addition, Ms. Brown is the Director of Grants Development for MassBay Community College, providing leadership in aligning the institution’s strategic initiatives with available public and private funding. Prior to working in higher education, Soul directed community-based nonprofits that combined art and media literacy with youth organizing. She is also a published poet.

Jessika Chi is the Program Manager for Institutional Diversity at Reed College. Chi works to help implement systems and institutional structures to create a diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, and working environment. She has experience developing programs and services designed to support the recruitment, transition, and retention of historically underrepresented students, staff, and faculty. She received her M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership from University of the Pacific and is currently pursuing her PhD in Education and Leadership from Pacific University.

Anita Zijdemans Boudreau is an Associate Professor and Director at the School of Learning & Teaching at Pacific University. She brings 20 years experience in teacher preparation and educational consulting with a focus in technology integration for professional growth, teaching, and learning. Her research interests include culturally responsive practice, educational technology, instructional design, human development, and participatory action research.

Abstract

Storytelling can have profound implications for equity work through its ability to generate empathy, develop intercultural communication skills, and provide a creative lens for examining issues of power and privilege. In today’s diverse settings, professionals across disciplines need to be adept at intercultural communication. In this workshop, the facilitators will introduce Story Exchange, a method of interactive storytelling that has been used to develop empathy in school and community settings. We are interested in exploring whether this tool can help in developing deeper understanding of others’ experiences and increase awareness of the location and impact of identity, positionality, and intersectionality within personal and professional narratives. In small groups, participants will be asked to share a personal story related to identity, positionality, and/or intersectionality. We will debrief the story exchange process by asking participants to reflect on what was learned and how story exchange can be used as a tool for advancing equity and cultural responsiveness in professional practice. This workshop will benefit practitioners from various occupations and disciplines through introducing a tool that is accessible, adaptable, and engaging for encouraging inclusive practices and systemic change in schools, workplaces, and communities.

Start Date

25-1-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

25-1-2019 1:55 PM

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Jan 25th, 1:00 PM Jan 25th, 1:55 PM

Interprofessional Use of Story Exchanges for Developing Intercultural Understanding

Storytelling can have profound implications for equity work through its ability to generate empathy, develop intercultural communication skills, and provide a creative lens for examining issues of power and privilege. In today’s diverse settings, professionals across disciplines need to be adept at intercultural communication. In this workshop, the facilitators will introduce Story Exchange, a method of interactive storytelling that has been used to develop empathy in school and community settings. We are interested in exploring whether this tool can help in developing deeper understanding of others’ experiences and increase awareness of the location and impact of identity, positionality, and intersectionality within personal and professional narratives. In small groups, participants will be asked to share a personal story related to identity, positionality, and/or intersectionality. We will debrief the story exchange process by asking participants to reflect on what was learned and how story exchange can be used as a tool for advancing equity and cultural responsiveness in professional practice. This workshop will benefit practitioners from various occupations and disciplines through introducing a tool that is accessible, adaptable, and engaging for encouraging inclusive practices and systemic change in schools, workplaces, and communities.