April 13, 2021: Facilitating Intercultural Learning Programs in a Virtual Era

Event Details

April 13, 2021 | 12 - 1pm | Zoom

Zoom information will be sent upon registration.

This session is open to UC Berkeley faculty and staff only.


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Facilitating Intercultural Experiences in a Virtual Era

Case studies from Berkeley Study Abroad and the Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

Event Summary:

What does it mean to connect and communicate skillfully across cultures in a virtual era? In this session, Berkeley Study Abroad and the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) will share their insights from the past year of facilitating rich international experiences for students and professionals, despite and in light of the pivot to remote spaces. They will detail their once intensive in-person -- now virtual -- Global Internships and Global Leadership & Innovation programs, and how their teams have measured and adapted for success in terms of: 

  • cohort community building,

  • quality student experiences, 

  • international partnership management, 

  • scalability and sustainability, and

  • accessibility and effective use of technology. 

Our speakers will engage in a moderated discussion about the key lessons and challenges of going virtual, and look forward to fielding questions from international-facing campus colleagues.


Berkeley International Group events are designed for UC Berkeley faculty and staff and are not open to the general public.

The Berkeley International Group (BIG) is composed of UC Berkeley faculty and staff who are invited to meet monthly to collaborate and participate in informal discussions related to the international work we do across UC Berkeley.  During the academic year, the group typically meets once a month, with the host(s) deciding upon the topic, date, time, and location of the meeting. Each meeting is typically hosted by a different unit on campus.

Since 2019, BIG is a recognized Staff Organization Community of Practice, which facilitates opportunities for staff to become more involved in campus life. Joining relevant communities of practice allows staff to continue to develop and broaden their skills, as well as meet people who have similar professional interests.