What is the relationship between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Intercultural Communication (IC)? Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but also how they perceive others. Those perceptions affect their interactions and communication strategies. All intercultural communication is influenced by cultural differences, yet these two approaches sometimes collide – or do they? Are there missed opportunities due to the lack of synthesis? Is there a need to bridge these two vantage points and are there models that bridge the gap between identity, diversity, equity and inclusion, and global communication, or not? We invite you to join this discussion to learn how these different areas converge and diverge and to leave with new ideas as to how DEI and IC can be approached.
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Genienne Winter Navarro’s career has always concentrated on supporting professional development to help people meet their career and life goals - including higher education and training, discovering new career opportunities, building intercultural competency for global career success, and developing English language skills for greater professional, academic, and personal success. Ms. Navarro is currently a Human Resources Recruiter at George Washington University. She has worked across the US (including Los Angeles, Denver, Florida, Washington, DC and Philadelphia), Asia and Latin America, always focused on supporting clients' career advancement and enhanced personal and professional success. She is dedicated to building partnerships, and connecting people with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to grow, contribute, and flourish.
Shilpa Alimchandani is the Founder and Principal of Mookti Consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), leadership development, and intercultural learning. She is a DEI consultant, leadership coach, and facilitator who partners with clients to develop holistic solutions that lead to transformational change. In her independent consulting practice, Ms. Alimchandani has conducted DEI assessments, co-created DEI strategies with clients, facilitated high-impact workshops, and advised clients on issues of racial equity and justice. In her previous role as the Director of Learning and Innovation for Cook Ross, she built the learning and development function from the ground up and led the organization’s curriculum and product development initiatives. Prior to that, she designed and implemented global leadership programs for the State Department, led the development of a global learning strategy for the Peace Corps, and taught in the School of International Service at American University. Ms. Alimchandani has facilitated trainings in nearly 20 countries around the world, and has received numerous awards, including twice receiving the Peace Corps' Distinguished Service Award.
Cristina (Tina) Cruz-Hubbard is a mission-driven and values-focused strategist, intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion (ICDEI) practitioner, and leadership coach. For over 25 years, her passion has been cultivating environments that enable deep and transformational learning across differences and empower and inspire leaders at all levels to create equitable systems and access for all. Ms. Cruz-Hubbard currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Peace Corps. Her portfolio includes developing a global strategy to integrate intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion across core business functions in support of the agency’s three goals and mission to promote world peace and friendship. Prior to this role, she led the efforts to define the intersection between culture, diversity, equity and inclusion and build capacity of staff and volunteers in over 60 countries to work in partnership to effectively and appropriately achieve shared goals and realize the potential of individuals and communities across the globe. Ms. Cruz-Hubbard's globally mobile family relocates internationally every four years and has endless opportunities to apply ICDEI skills across new environments and languages. In addition to being a coach and a qualified administrator of several intercultural and global leadership assessment tools, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in business and is completing Master’s degree coursework in special education.