Poster Title

Western's Employee Language Program: Developing language skills and fostering cultural competence in the WWU community

Co-Author(s)

Taylor Hermerding

Research Mentor(s)

Kirsten Drickey

Affiliated Department

Modern and Classical Languages

Sort Order

56

Start Date

14-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

14-5-2015 2:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

The Western Employee Language Program—a professional development initiative funded by a grant from the President’s Office—provides university faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in weekly language and culture workshops led by upper-division students. The program’s impact extends far beyond language learning and has fostered intra-departmental relationships and integrated cultural consciousness into the workplace. The Employee Language Program also directly addresses the University’s Mission and Strategic Plan in strengthening the diversity of Western’s student, faculty, and staff population. The program workshops provide participants with a deeper understanding of the importance of culture in communication. This understanding is integral to helping faculty and staff connect with an increasingly diverse student population. These connections benefit participants and facilitators alike, as they integrate these skills into their studies or professional roles at Western.

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Western's Employee Language Program: Developing language skills and fostering cultural competence in the WWU community

Modern and Classical Languages

The Western Employee Language Program—a professional development initiative funded by a grant from the President’s Office—provides university faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in weekly language and culture workshops led by upper-division students. The program’s impact extends far beyond language learning and has fostered intra-departmental relationships and integrated cultural consciousness into the workplace. The Employee Language Program also directly addresses the University’s Mission and Strategic Plan in strengthening the diversity of Western’s student, faculty, and staff population. The program workshops provide participants with a deeper understanding of the importance of culture in communication. This understanding is integral to helping faculty and staff connect with an increasingly diverse student population. These connections benefit participants and facilitators alike, as they integrate these skills into their studies or professional roles at Western.