Proposal Title

Partners in Transformation: TRU Stories from the Intercultural Ambassadors Program

Presentation Type

Round Table Discussion

Location

OM 3741

Start Date

18-2-2020 10:00 AM

End Date

18-2-2020 10:40 AM

Proposal Abstract

Students are the largest constituency on our campus and they have extensive lived experiences and situated knowledges concerning effective teaching practices and approaches. Educational scholars have pointed out that envisioning students as partners challenges traditional educational hierarchies and neoliberal transactional models of higher education. Acknowledging students as partners in education also helps to amplify the voices of students in campus interactions and in relation to equity initiatives. The Intercultural Ambassadors program at TRU is designed to provide transformative learning opportunities for student participants, as well as to play a transformative role in fostering a normative culture of equity and inclusion on campus. As such, it aligns directly with three of the four themes and six of the eight Institutional Learning Outcomes for the General Education Model that will be instituted at Thompson Rivers University. The program provides students with the opportunity to engage in co-curricular high impact practices intended to improve their personal and professional intercultural engagement skills, to build community among people of diverse backgrounds, and to foster equity, inclusion, and intercultural understanding on campus, in the local community, and beyond. The program is further subject to a process and impact assessment research project. In this roundtable discussion, faculty organizer and principal investigator Amie McLean and student research apprentice Harminder Padda will facilitate a conversation about the Intercultural Ambassadors program. You will have the opportunity to learn with student participants in the program as we explore the rewards, challenges, and/or transformational potentials of the initiative.

Statement

The Intercultural Ambassadors program celebrates the diversity at TRU by encouraging students to meaningfully engage and connect across difference. The program is intended to open up community building opportunities. The program is also about building local-to-global connections and learning opportunities.

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Feb 18th, 10:00 AM Feb 18th, 10:40 AM

Partners in Transformation: TRU Stories from the Intercultural Ambassadors Program

OM 3741

Students are the largest constituency on our campus and they have extensive lived experiences and situated knowledges concerning effective teaching practices and approaches. Educational scholars have pointed out that envisioning students as partners challenges traditional educational hierarchies and neoliberal transactional models of higher education. Acknowledging students as partners in education also helps to amplify the voices of students in campus interactions and in relation to equity initiatives. The Intercultural Ambassadors program at TRU is designed to provide transformative learning opportunities for student participants, as well as to play a transformative role in fostering a normative culture of equity and inclusion on campus. As such, it aligns directly with three of the four themes and six of the eight Institutional Learning Outcomes for the General Education Model that will be instituted at Thompson Rivers University. The program provides students with the opportunity to engage in co-curricular high impact practices intended to improve their personal and professional intercultural engagement skills, to build community among people of diverse backgrounds, and to foster equity, inclusion, and intercultural understanding on campus, in the local community, and beyond. The program is further subject to a process and impact assessment research project. In this roundtable discussion, faculty organizer and principal investigator Amie McLean and student research apprentice Harminder Padda will facilitate a conversation about the Intercultural Ambassadors program. You will have the opportunity to learn with student participants in the program as we explore the rewards, challenges, and/or transformational potentials of the initiative.