The Missing Link in the DEI Conversation: How Intercultural Development Theory Can Increase Impact

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The Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC) is a developmental model inspired by the work of social scientists Janet and Milton Bennett, and popularized by Mitchell Hammer, Ph.D., which asserts that individuals respond to differences along a continuum, ranging from monocultural to intercultural mindsets. Research shows that we often overestimate our own capabilities in the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) space, so learning where we, ourselves, are along this continuum can make visible our strengths as well as gaps, and particularly highlight misalignments of intention and impact. Knowing our own “Development Orientation” increases our effectiveness and our impact. Further, if we understand that our colleagues, students and community members are also somewhere along the IDC, we can enlist interculturally adaptive, research-based techniques to “meet them where they are,” support them in their own growth and build individual and organizational capacity to effectively engage in DEI work. 

Liz Greason ’95 is co-founder of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants. She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from around the world at the American University in Dubai, with a focus on effective cross-cultural communication. Since returning to the United States, Greason has applied her knowledge of the Middle East and Islam, cultural competency and intercultural communication to help schools and organizations effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and serve diverse populations equitably. Greason has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Portland Adult Education.  

Greason holds degrees in women and gender studies, with focus areas of intersectional feminism, from Mount Holyoke College and Reed College. Additionally she holds a certificate in mediation from USM, has been trained by Janet Bennett, Ph.D., at the Intercultural Communication Institute and is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). 

This event will be recorded. This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about Intercultural Development Theory.  For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email or call Danielle Lund at 413-538-2159. Please make accommodation requests ten business days prior to the event or sooner in order to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is scheduled at 12 p.m. EDT on November 3.  To view in your timezone, you may wish to visit for a timezone converter.

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Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00pm

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Gatherings & Meetings

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Diversity & Inclusion

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Students, Faculty, Alums, Staff, Graduate Students

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