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Image of globe with various colorsWhat is Global and Intercultural Fluency?

The experiential learning pillar of Global and Intercultural Fluency focuses on ways that we can be open to, learn from and have successful interactions with people who come from different generations, countries, companies or regions.

Benefits of Global and Intercultural Fluency

One of the main benefits of this pillar is the potential benefits it can have on your future career and ability to be successful in the workplace.

In a Harvard Business Review article “3 Ways to Improve your Cultural Fluency,” they emphasize how cultural fluency is critical to building trust in the workplace, how it is directly linked to financial performance and how diversity leads to more creative and innovative teams.

By participating in activities in this pillar, you can build competencies in these areas:

  • Valuing, respecting and learning from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions.
  • Demonstrating openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and appreciate individual differences.
  • Equipping yourself to contribute as a globally-engaged citizen on both a local and global scale.

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Look for the Global and Intercultural Fluency icon on the college’s event calendar for events and workshops offered as part of this pillar.

  • Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

    Global and Intercultural Fluency, NACE
    Definition by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

  • Why not create an environment where everybody can thrive? Where faculty, staff and students all feel welcome? Where differences are celebrated so everyone can thrive, be successful and reach their potential?

    Myron Anderson
    UTSA Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Building a Global and Intercultural Mindset

We provide a wide variety of programs to help you develop a Global and Intercultural Mindset. Our goal is to provide you with unique global and intercultural experiences that will have a profound impact on your life.

Our global opportunities focus on learning about global business, the global marketplace, meeting students from around the world and developing a global professional network. You also have the opportunity to earn academic credit for study abroad courses.

Our intercultural opportunities focus on the importance of inclusiveness and being able to interact respectfully with all people.

Examples of Global Exploration Activities
  • Global Speaker Series
  • Exchange Programs
  • Immersions (domestic and international)
  • Information Sessions
  • Virtual Coffee Tour Around the World

Examples of Intercultural Exploration Activities
  • Corporate and Culture Speaker Series
  • Master Class with diversity, equity and inclusion experts