Working Effectively in an Intercultural Environment
Using the content below, you will explore working in intercultural environments, something we all do every day. In this content, we’re trying to capture the dynamic ways that people interact. In virtual journal club, you can explore the literature related to microaggressions and implicit bias. Finally, you will reflect on how to be inclusive of others in the formal and informal environments you experience.
The learning objectives for the following content are:
- Thinking about yourself – Develop an awareness of your own social, cultural, and professional identities through reflection.
- Exploring the literature – Describe, based on the research literature, how the experiences of marginalized graduate students and postdocs are impacted in research settings.
- Thinking about how you interact with others – Reflect on how your culture and identities interact with those of others in the formal and informal environments you experience. Experts reflect and participants observe and recognize strategies to create and support an inclusive environment.
Introducing the Ground Rules
Reflecting on Ground Rules
Thinking About Yourself
The Practice of Self-Reflection
Introducing the Social Identity Grid
Social Identity Grid Activity
- Social Identity Grid Instructions
- Download the Social Identity Grid
- Post-Activity Reflection: What was your lightbulb moment during this activity? How did this activity land on you? Consider how this activity landed similarly or differently for you compared to others in the course based on different identities we carry.
Using the Identity Grid
Exploring the Literature
For this section, please read these two articles regarding microaggressions and implicit bias in science. If you’re interested in learning more, we’ve provided a few additional readings. Below you will watch a virtual journal club discussing these two articles.
“Am I overreacting? Understanding and Combating Microaggressions” by Crandall and Garcai from 2016 in Higher Education Today
“Quality of evidence revealing subtle gender biases in science is in the eye of the beholder” by Handley et al. from 2015 in PNAS’
Synthesizing the Literature
Develop Evidence-Based Strategies
- How did the articles resonate with your own experience?
- Can you describe a time when you experienced, perpetuated, and/or observed a microaggression similar to those described in the articles?
- Can you describe a time when you have been part of an incident when the impact perceived may have been different from the intent?
Thinking About How You Interact with Others
Reflecting on Social Interactions as Postdocs
Framing the Case Studies
Download the case studies and reflection prompts:
Unpacking Case Study #1
Unpacking Case Study #2
Putting it All Together
Putting it All Together
- After seeing the responses from the activity, what other questions or reflections arise for you?
- Having reflected on the identity grid, microaggressions, and how you interact with others, what is one key takeaway for you from this content?
- What might you do differently based on that takeaway?