Cross-Cultural Training

Because we study, live, work and play in a culturally diverse environment, it’s important for us to become culturally competent in some basic areas

Imagine being in a new environment with different cultural norms than your own. In this context, you may speak according to your "cultural" norm that can be interpreted by the person in which you are communicating, as rude and even threatening. As WSU faculty and staff interact with diverse cultures on a daily basis, it's important for us to be able to communicate effectively with cultures that are different from our own.

OISS currently offers training for WSU and the surrounding community in diversity and cultural competencies.

Current Cross Cultural Training

  • "Introduction to Diversity and Cultural Awareness Series Part One"
    • One Hour
    • Audience: Faculty, Staff and those interested in improving cultural competencies.
    • This interactive presentation will introduce you to the fundamentals of diversity and Cultural awareness to assist in improving cultural understanding in the classroom as well as student services.
  • "How to Communicate Effectively Across Cultures"
    • 50 minutes
    • Audience: Faculty, Staff and anyone interested in improving cultural competencies.
    • Our universities, communities and workplaces are increasingly global and multicultural and the ability to communicate across differences has become a prerequisite for effectiveness. Redundancia is a short, fun simulation designed to increase empathy for speakers of other languages as well as to give an idea of how it feels to speak a new and unfamiliar language.
  • "How to Collaborate with Multi-Cultural Groups/Teams"
    • 2 hours
    • Audience: WSU Faculty, Staff, Students and anyone interested in improving cultural competencies.
    • Teamwork is required and crucial for success. A diversity of ideas continues to contribute to innovative ideas, scientific breakthroughs, and successful projects-projects in the workplace as well as the classroom. Ecotonos is an extremely rich simulation in which participant’s complete tasks in multicultural groups. Participants will experience the dynamics, processes, advantages and disadvantages of collaborating across such differences as nationality, culture, gender, age, function and organization. This simulation has been used in most parts of the world for a wide array of purposes and audiences.

      Econotos comes from the Greek eco[logy] and tonos, or “tension.” The term refers to an environment of mixed vegetation formed by the overlapping of adjoining communities. The authors of this highly effective simulation see Ecotonos as a metaphor for our richly diverse global society—one with the potential to be either verdant or desolate.

If you are interested in any of the training offerings please contact OISS at or at (313)577-3422.