Cultural Corner

The world is truly flat.  Every day, communicates that we live, study, work and play in a global environment.   A recent study by Global Detroit reports that America’s foreign born population has grown more than 250 percent to 1 million in 2007.  This does not include foreign nationals who are studying and living temporarily in the U.S.

Because of Michigan’s rich diversity, and  WSU’s international recognition as a top urban research institution,  WSU has over 2,800 international students and scholars from 80 countries.

Beyond WSU’s rich and diverse learning community is a wider community made up of various ethnicities and cultures.  We owe it to our students, to ourselves and to our future to see ourselves as citizens of a broader world.

How would you answer the following questions true or false?

  1. The world is essentially a global village.
  2. The world would be a better place if everybody behaved like the people in my country.
  3. One could live in any country in the world, if one were honest and well-intentional.
  4. Business is business in any country.
  5. Children’s upbringing at home and their lives in school and later in the workplace are unrelated.
  6. National cultures will be a thing of the past fifty years from now and beyond.[1]
If you agree with any of these statements, we suggest you explore further understanding of cultural diversity.   Participate in simulations, workshops and training currently offered by OISS, with staff that brings a combined 55 years of experience in working with diverse cultures and cultural diversity training.   All of the staff involved in the training have travelled, lived or worked abroad.  OISS will tailor the training to your schedule and needs. Click here to learn about our current offerings.

In addition to the training currently offered, we are in the process of working collaboratively across campus to develop a variety of workshops to address all areas including culture specific workshops.

[1]Hofstede, Gert Jan, Pedersen, Paul B., and Hofstede, Geert.  Exploring Culture: Exercises, Stories and Synthetic Cultures.  Boston: Intercultural Press, 2001.