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Developing Across Differences: Expanding the Repertoire

Methods that cross and connect the Intercultural Commmunication - DEI divide
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This one-day workshop will help you expand and enhance the set of experiential activities you use for intercultural- and/or diversity-focused trainings, whether you work with professional or educational audiences in corporations, NGOs, government agencies and/or other learning institutions, at both the academic and applied levels.

Why Attend?

We will explore exercises, simulations and facilitation techniques you can add or hone within your own trainer toolbox.

Special attention will be given to:

● Applying and adjusting new pedagogical approaches and activities  that appropriate in multiple Differences training contexts  

● Understanding how ‘tried-and-true’ methods or pedagogical activities/elements you may already use can be enhanced and adapted to be effective for different strands of work within the Differences field.

Practical information
Dates & location

8 July 2024

Academy Building (Broerstraat 5) or Harmonie Building (Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 26)



May be appropriate for some MA students; contact the organisers for consultation about eligibility


includes course and materials, optional evening programming

Academic coordinators

Drs. Michaela Carrière

ic or info
Level requirements

The DAD is for multipliers who help individuals, organizations and societies better recognize, appreciate and use differences as a way of better communicating, working and thriving together.

These are (in-house and external) trainers, educators, consultants, coaches, researchers, scholars, facilitators, HR staff, advanced-level (MA+) students, and professional development specialists with 5+ years of experience/study in the greater Differences field. Contact the organisers at ic or info for consultation about appropriateness and eligibility.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Participant profile

This course is for you if you are a trainer/multiplier/educator who is:

  • newer to practice within the field,
  • ready to “level up” your toolkit,
  • already familiar with some DEI training practices but not Intercultural communication training practices—or vice versa

You should already have at least a preliminary understanding of and experience with —either through your own work or participation in ‘training for trainers’ type programs— training and (adult) learning best practices.

Contact the organisers at ic or info if you have questions about the suitability of this course for your circumstances.

Learning outcomes

In this course, you will learn how to help yourself—and those you work with—so that you/they can better:

  1. Understand and be able to apply facilitation methods that cross the IC-DEI divide—and what types of adjustments are necessary to use in either/both
  2. More effectively use the debriefing portion of IC and DEI training activities (and overcoming potential challenges that can emerge in the debriefing process) in order to help trainees create more impactful meaning out of the experiences you facilitate with them


6 hours of in-class learning and active participation using experiential methods.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 6 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

Sunday, 7 July
15.00-18.00 Optional networking event

Monday, 8 July


Course approach

This course uses a combined interactive and reflective approach in which you’ll both participate in sample activities of the methods shared, and then have meta-level discussions about the processes and pedagogies behind them in order to be able to adjust and apply them in your own work.

Introduction to lecturer

Drs. Michaela Carrière
In addition to her role as Intercultural Competence Section Head and Lead Trainer at the University of Groningen/Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Michaela Carrière is the Programs Coordinator for the University’s Office of Diversity. Having established the University’s Intercultural Winter and Summer School programs and various initiatives to support the intercultural learning within international student mobility programmes, she is now in the process of developing a university-wide diversity and inclusion certification program.

A self-described global nomad and ‘Third Culture Kid’, Michaela has lived in India, Indonesia, and the USA, Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, as well as the Netherlands. Her research includes Intercultural Communication, International Education and Ethics. She consults with government ministries, NGOs and other clients throughout the Netherlands, helping them ‘create a culture for culture’ by achieving an internal critical mass of intercultural competence.

Application procedure
Deadline for application

Registration closes on 1 July 2024.

Date of selection

Within 72 hours following registration, you will be contacted directly by the organisers about your application.

Participants submit payment and details about their interest at the link below (click the "Apply now!" button). They will be contacted directly by the organisers about their experience and the suitability of the course.

Please note that as all courses are subject to meeting minimum enrolments, the DAD team will confirm on or before 17 May 2024 that your course is taking place. We strongly advise you not to book non-refundable travel until you have received this confirmation. In all cases, refunds for courses are not available except in the case of course cancellation by the DAD organisers. In the case that your preferred course is cancelled, you are welcomed to enroll in an alternative course or request a refund. You will be notified on or before 17 May 2024 if the DAD course is cancelled. This policy is different from that of other University of Groningen Summer School and Language Centre courses. Full details are available on the Developing Across Differences (DAD) Learning Lab & Community Week Terms and Conditions page.

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