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Inner- to Inter-cultural communication

The following are some of the recent workshops and webinars I have facilitated that focus on what I refer to as inner-cultural to inter-cultural communication. The term inner-cultural emphasizes the importance of first reflecting internally through guided mindfulness activities prior to engaging inter-cultural discussions of culture, identity, expectations, and behavior. Contact me with any questions and to discuss developing workshops that meet the needs of your community.          

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Dartmouth College,
global leadership

In this collaboration with the Rockefeller Center for Global Leadership at Dartmouth College, we developed and facilitated a workshop over three semesters with three different groups of students. The workshops utilized roleplay, mindfulness exercises, journaling, and dialogue toward a deeper understanding of how culture and identity inform how we can become more mindful communicators and leaders. This is an excellent webinar for any academic or professional setting. For a webinar that discusses this workshop, please click here.  


As a member and former Chair of TESOL International's Intercultural Interest Section (ICIS), I have been invited to lead webinars on approaches to apply inner-cultural to inter-cultural communication with students, teachers, and professional colleagues. To view a webinar where I present this approach, please click here.   

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Exploring and Expressing Culture through Project-Based Learning  

My article Exploring and Expressing Culture Through Project-Based Learning published in ENGLISH TEACHING FORUM presents authentic, collaborative activities that help students reflect on their own culture and explore other cultures to promote critical thinking and mutual understanding. To view the article, please click here

A talk on setting, mindfulness, and mindset in intercultural exchange
Join us for a #coffeehour about #mindfulness and #mindset with Ramin Yazdanpanah, PhD. Ramin will share his experience leading a series of intercultural communication workshops with university students in a global leadership program in the United States. He will share the activities that he applied in the workshops to cultivate an environment and mindset to support student engagement in intercultural exchange. He will also share students’ feedback on how the activities impacted their understanding of themselves, their peers, and their roles as global leaders. Finally, Ramin will guide participants attending the talk through the mindfulness meditation he used in the workshops. #interculturalcommunication #interculturalcompetence 0:00 Welcome and how to join ICIS 5:36 Introduction 9:28 Overview 11:38 Purpose of the talk 14:04 Background of the project 18:01 Description of the intercultural workshops 20:19 Pre-workshop questionnaire 22:26 The participants 24:20 The setting: Dinner activity 29:12 The Culture iceberg: inner- to inter-cultural communication 33:21 Culture cards from dinner roleplay 36:29 Dinner activity 38:43 Dinner activity: Student feedback 42:30 Mindfulness activity: Mindset rationale 49:09 Mindfulness activity 59:09 Mindfulness activity: Student feedback 1:00:05 Mindful intercultural exchange: Activity 1:01:15 Mindful intercultural exchange: Student feedback 1:03:46 Discussion 1:07:23 Resources 1:27:54 Connect with ICIS Music credit: The Maharajah Flamenco Trio "Vamos Destino"
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