University staff—advisers, counselors, librarians, administrative coordinators, residence life professionals, maintenance staff, among a myriad of other positions—are critical for the success of TUs internationalization goals. TU staff members are in a position to directly influence a student’s academic and extracurricular choices and shape the quality of their interaction with the university. Given that staff is key to shaping TU’s culture that welcomes diverse students and scholars to campus, the Center for Global Education and HR’s Training & Development are pleased to announce the Global Community Staff Development Program, designed to provide staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and advance TU’s goals for internationalization.
Global Community Staff Development Program
The program is a semester-long program that includes workshops and seminars on topics related to TU’s diverse student and faculty communities. Participants are expected to complete a required introductory seminar, “An Introduction to International Communication,” and then select from a menu of other workshops conducted by campus and community experts throughout the year. Participants who complete the introductory seminar and four out of five workshops will be recognized as graduates of the program with a certificate, a shirt, and special luncheon.
This program is flexible enough to accommodate the staff development needs of the entire staff spectrum, from executive and administrative levels through the nonprofessional staff. The program is designed for staff who have high levels of engagement with students and/or whose job performance could be enhanced with greater cultural empathy and intercultural competence.