We empower learners with the research, knowledge and skills to build quality intercultural engagement, inclusion and collaboration, so we work together on our most pressing social problems. Our courses integrate experiential, team-based, scholarly research and blended learning resulting in building intercultural awareness and collaboration across disciplines and cultures. We customize courses and training programs for a variety of sectors – corporate, non-profit, government, health and schools.
Intercultural Strategies founding director, Jessie Sutherland is a bestselling author and educator passionate about designing and delivering transformative learning experiences unique to each context. Call us to learn more at 604.879.2402
Previous Course Topics and Successes
We customize courses, learning modules and training for intercultural exchanges, dialogue and collaboration. Previous projects include International Kids, Kids From KA-NA-TA, Chantier Jeunesse, Indigenous International youth exchanges, and Reconciliation international public conversations series using in person and digital technologies.
At UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, we designed and taught Approaches to Solving Problems for Planners where students learned skills for intercultural community engagement, values-based problems solving and cross cultural conflict resolution within organizations and with the communities they serve. In addition we designed and taught Working Effectively with Non-Profit Organizations, where students were matched with Indigenous leaders to learn intercultural skills while developing projects that generate social innovation and lead to successful grant application. Using digital technologies Indigenous leaders were able to join the class from around British Columbia.
For the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Police Academy, we created Diversity Training For Community Policing. During this course students learned skills to interpret challenging situations from a variety of perspectives; identify how triggers and mirrors influence responses to difficult situations; employ values-based tools to enhance choice making in challenging situations. As a result students became better listeners, less judgmental and more compassionate with the diverse communities they serve.
Successful programs for Summer Institutes on Reconciliation have also been implemented at Langara College and Concordia University.
Jessie Sutherland was the lead Diversity instructor in our Police Recruit Training Program. The topic of Diversity has historically been one of the most challenging ones facing our instructors. Jessie was able to draw on her unique experience building inclusive communities to develop and deliver an innovative four-stage values-based approach to Diversity. She turned one of the most challenging topics in our police training program into one of our most effective.
Jessie’s approach to the topic of Diversity was based on an adult-learning model. She took the time to get to know the backgrounds of the participants in order to provide the most valuable learning experience possible. She had the recruits begin by exploring their own attitudes and behaviors so each recruit could reflect on aspects of their own lives to learn to apply the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for the cross-cultural problem solving, communication, and networking that is so important in all aspects of police work. This approach brought real meaning to each recruit’s learning experience.
I made it a point to sit in on Jessie’s sessions because they were so interesting. I learned a lot about each recruit because they were often discussing how teaching points pertained to them individually. I still use Jessie’s theories pertaining to Diversity in my own teaching sessions, appropriately referenced of course.
~ Don Walden,
Program Director, Police Recruit Training,
JIBC Police Academy