Educating Students about the World and Diversity without Traveling: Ideas for Internationalizing College Programs (F/SI)

April 28, 2021 | 12:00 - 12:45

Track: Going Global

Our contemporary societies are changing and are increasingly pluralistic. This diversity, particularly ethnocultural diversity, must be reflected when implementing the educational mission of CÉGEPs, a mission that includes the development of our students’ intercultural skills. Mobility internships are golden opportunities to foster these skills among our students, but these internships concern only a small proportion of the student body.

With this in mind, how can international and intercultural dimensions be integrated into college education other than through mobility programs? What strategies are used to facilitate intercultural encounters and to foster positive interactions? How can we encourage consultation and collaboration between the different sectors of the college to support students in the development of intercultural skills?

The aim of this workshop is to share with the network specific techniques identified by Maisonneuve and Édouard-Montpetit CÉGEPs and to illustrate them using existing teaching practices. These techniques include creating bridges between francization services and regular students, establishing virtual classes and strengthening ties between CÉGEPs and local community organizations that work with multicultural clienteles. In addition to sharing our different practices, the workshop will also focus on dialogue, as we will encourage participants to share their ideas to feed into a collective reflection on this theme.

Session Speakers

Annie Nantel

Intercultural Pedagogical Advisor and Coordinator of Boussole interculturelle

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Julie Prince

Intercultural Student Life Advisor and Coordinator of the Table intercollégiale en intervention interculturelle

Collège de Maisonneuve

Maude P. Charlebois

Faculty, Childhood Education Techniques (TÉE); Continuing Education TÉE Programs Coordinator

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

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