Webinar | A Critical Intercultural Approach To Developing And Re-Imagining Your Programs

Date: Oct 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT
Format: Online via GoToWebinar
Cost: Free


Join BCCIE for the second webinar of our intercultural series: Intercultural Intersections in International Education: Reflective Practices through Dialogue.

With the onset of the pandemic, we, as international educators, have had little choice but to reimagine what our programming looks like, particularly from a student perspective. Along with a seismic shift in how we deliver educational content, the pandemic has also exposed societal inequities embedded in both local and global systems. The continued relevance of the Black Lives Movement has reminded us all of the urgency to address historical and ongoing systemic oppression and prejudice through the work that we do as educators. In this webinar, panelists will explore and propose critical questions that we should be asking ourselves as we develop and/or re-create our international programs to ensure that we are not perpetuating cycles of intersectional oppression through our practices.


Dr. Eduardo Contreras, International Programs and Studies, Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity and Inclusion

With over 15 years in public and private U.S. postsecondary education, Eduardo has experience in internationalization and inclusion at many different levels. At the University of Texas at Austin, he was part of a team that spearheaded the first student peer-mentor program to promote inclusion in Study Abroad. In 2013, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), he was invited by the dean to serve on a Global Education Task Force to introduce ways to internationalize the Graduate School of Education. At Harvard, he also served on multiple teaching teams, and taught a course titled “Internationalizing Higher Education: Possibilities, Perils, and Promises” that explored the challenges and opportunities of internationalization. Eduardo has presented his research extensively on various aspects of international education and diversity at NAFSA, AERA, AHA, and other conferences.

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff, Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators

Darla is currently executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a national professional organization based in Durham, North Carolina USA.  She is also a research scholar with the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University, where she has been an adjunct faculty member in the Program in Education and a faculty affiliate with International/Comparative Studies.  In addition, she is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University, a visiting research professor at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, at Meiji University Research Institute of International Education (RIIE) in Japan as well as  visiting faculty at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)  in China. She receives numerous invitations from around the world (in over 30 countries including in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Asia) to speak on her research and work on intercultural competence and international education assessment  and is a noted expert on these topics, being named a Senior Fulbright Specialist (to South Africa and to Japan).

Dr. Justin Wilson, descends from an intercultural background consisting of Haíɫzaqv, Deutsch and Guatemalan roots. He is a father of two and is happily married on the unceded and occupied lands of the Líl̓wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. Justin has been involved in Indigenous capacity building efforts Provincially and Nationally since 1991 and is currently co-chair for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenization standing committee in British Columbia. Current scholarly activities include Pulling Together: A guide for Indigenization of post-secondary institutions; A Professional Learning Series as well as Looking Back to the Potlatch as Guide to Truth, Reconciliation and Transformative Learning. Scholarly interests include Operationalizing UNDRIP/Bill C-41, Indigenous Peoples Experiences in the Canadian Workplace, Bullying, Gaslighting & Collegial Supremacy, Intercultural Communication, Transformative Learning, and Indigenous Men’s experiences with Paternalism, Anger & Shame. Professionally, he works in the faculty of Psychology at Capilano University, Aboriginal Studies, as Department Coordinator, at Langara College, is a Men’s Anger Management Therapist for Moose Anger Management and is Principal for The Way Finding Group offering intercultural resiliency training & coaching.


Todd Odgers, Associate Dean International at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Todd is Associate Dean International at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the and the former Principal of NorQuest Centre for Intercultural Education (CIE) in Edmonton. Todd has spent his career working in many intercultural intersections in Canada and abroad as a consultant, teacher, faculty trainer, and applied researcher. He facilitates and speaks widely to groups nationally and internationally on how they can effectively create inclusive campuses and workplaces. In his role at BCIT, Todd brings the experience and resources learned and earned from his work with students, faculty, leaders and service staff to move the Institute’s interculturalization initiative forward.

To register for this event, please click here.

Registration deadline: 9:00 a.m., October 27, 2020.

For more information, please contact events@bccie.bc.ca.