University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources
http://www.umn.edu/ohr
612-625-2016

Intercultural Competence

Sponsor:
Andrew Furco, Office for Public Engagement
Kris Lockhart, Office for Equity and Diversity
Meredith McQuaid, Global Programs & Strategy Alliance

Overview of the Project

The University is a microcosm of the rest of the world and cross-cultural issues permeate much of the work in which faculty, students, and staff are engaged. The process of re-imagining the University’s work on issues concerning equity, multiculturalism, and diversity requires a willingness to develop and implement new ways of thinking and operating.

Project Goal

The PEL project team will formulate a working definition of intercultural competency for the University and, then, proceed to gather data by which to assess both the University’s intercultural competency and its readiness to embrace the notion of further developing its competency. Using the data gathered from the constituents, we will assist the Intercultural Competence Work Group (ICWG) by providing a University community definition of intercultural competence and make recommendations for future system-wide policies and processes.

Project Team

Team Members

Vikki Auzenne
Information Technology Manager
Academic Support Resources
612-625-1117
vauzenne@umn.edu
Mentor: Bernie Gulachek

Jayne Blodgett
Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator
Briggs Library (UM Morris)
320-589-6174
blodgetj@morris.umn.edu
Mentor: Jennifer Reckner

Alison Blomster
Public Relations Representative
U Card Office
612-626-9907
blom0034@umn.edu
Mentor: LeeAnn Melin

Maureen Long
Associate Administrator for Educational Services & Communications
Technological Leadership Institute (TLI)
612-625-6504
mlong@umn.edu
Mentor: Jennifer Engler

Michael McDaniel
Financial Analyst
Psychiatry
612-624-6938
mcdan042@umn.edu
Mentor: Jeff Ogden