The goal of internationalization is to incorporate cultural learning that prepare individuals to participate as citizens in a diverse global society.
“Intercultural education, as opposed to international education, is a more inclusive formulation, in that interculturality includes both international and domestic students. All students, regardless of their location, need to develop the capability to contribute in the intercultural construction, exchange and use of knowledge.” Crichton et al 2004
Activities for Adults to learn about different cultures
- Visit museums
- Understand history from a different point of view.
- Learn about the invisible elements that make up culture (i.e. values, beliefs, history, etc.).
- Look at the world through an anti-racism lens (TV, online media, social media, policies, organizational practices, etc.)
- Visual solidarity/button wearing – looking united can be powerful, people sometimes organize movements around wearing a certain colour or doing something distinctive in order to encourage people to ask questions or show solidarity.
- Alliance groups – like minded people seek to understand and stand in solidarity for each other’s issues.
- Attend public meetings (city council, school board, police board) – attend to show strength in numbers or submit questions beforehand (questions sometimes have to pertain to the items of the agenda try and do some research before you attend)
- Ask a question – Find decision makers and influencers and ask them questions that extend their thinking, or give you a better understanding.
- Lobbying – Making an appointment or arranging to be in the physical presence of an elected politician to share stories or information regarding a cause on behalf of a group you represent. Lobbying usually involves an “ask” or seeks a tangible commitment from the representative.
- Volunteering – join an existing movement and take direction from activists who have been doing this work for a long time. See what practical things you can lend your expertise to.
- Whistleblowing – if there is racism in your organization, consider calling it out, exposing it or making it visible so it can be addressed. Homogeneous groups sometimes become complicit and complacent and radical action and outside involvement is needed