Webinar | A Conversation About Intercultural and International Education’s Current and Future Direction

Date: Sep 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
Format: Online via GoToWebinar
Cost: Free


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

In this session, Kyra Garson, in conversation with Todd Odgers, will discuss the trends and directions of intercultural learning in BC and beyond. Participants can expect to hear about trends and frameworks that are informing the field, reflections on the impact of global crises and national mandates on emerging approaches to intercultural leaning, and considerations for how we as international educators might take small or large steps to transforming intercultural work in BC.

Prior to attending these webinars, we suggest participants review our Foundation Modules to ensure we have a common foundation of intercultural understanding to build from, disrupt, and question.


Kyra Garson, Intercultural Coordinator, Faculty of Student Development, Thompson Rivers University
Kyra is an educator and faculty developer who is interested in intercultural learning, and equitable and inclusive pedagogies. Her research interests include critical pedagogies, faculty development, multicultural group, work and intercultural learning. Kyra’s doctoral study entitled “Are we graduating Global Citizens?” received the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education’s dissertation of the year award in 2014. In 2011, the Canadian Bureau for International Education selected her to receive the Internationalization Award for her work with faculty to intercuturalize the curriculum. In 2017, she was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award by the British Columbia Council for International Education.


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.

Registration deadline: 9:00 a.m., September 29, 2020.

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