Culturally competent-curious faculty members needed

Renee Bhatti-Klug, ASU’s Senior University International Educator, provides training to faculty and staff on building inclusive environments for our culturally and linguistically diverse student population. Concurrently, she is a doctoral student in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (MLFTC) at ASU, working under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Beardsley, a faculty member in MLFTC.

Bhatti-Klug's research focuses on increasing cultural intelligence among university faculty through intercultural competence training. She is hoping to work with four culturally competent-curious faculty members who would be willing and able to participate in the Global Advocacy Certificate Program (GACP) during the spring and fall of 2021.

During the spring semester, these faculty would attend four, two-hour GACP workshops on building cultural intelligence, hosted once per month. In the fall semester, faculty would participate in three, two-hour Advanced GACP workshops. During the Advanced program, faculty would focus on integrating at least one culturally responsive practice into their teaching practice.

Bhatti-Klug intends to measure the effectiveness of both the Advanced GACP and the culturally responsive tools she provides to all faculty members involved.

Participating faculty members will be selected with the following characteristics in mind:

  1. Tenured and tenure-track faculty who are not within five years of retirement,
  2. At least two identifying male and two identifying female, or non-binary faculty, and
  3. Faculty who are aware of and open to culturally responsive training, but who also possibly struggle in determining what inclusive methods they might incorporate within their teaching practice.

If you are interested in participating or have faculty you would like to recommend, please email Renee Bhatti-Klug directly, no later than Friday, October 30.

The Global Advocacy Certificate Program (GACP) is for university faculty and staff who seek to cultivate a globally minded campus. By attending a series of workshops, participants broaden their awareness of cross-cultural topics and learn specific strategies for supporting CLD students and scholars in the classroom and workplace to promote a more diverse community for all. To earn a certificate as Global Advocates, participants register for and attend the Foundations of Global Advocacy core course plus, at minimum, three elective courses, offered at least once a month, during an academic year. All courses are free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more: (ASUrite required for Career Edge login).

To provide ongoing support for GACP certificate recipients, the Advanced Global Advocacy Certificate Program (Advanced GACP) is offered to a singular cohort to engage in independent semester-long projects. Throughout the Advanced GACP semester, participants use Cultural Intelligence strategies to guide them in exhibiting culturally responsive practices.