Intercultural Growth

The Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES) is a tool for assessing an individual’s personal progress in intercultural competency. IES was designed by the Kozai Group. IHAA staff members have received IES training. This instrument is one way to measure success in helping people develop intercultural communication and global citizenship.

The IES examines three main dimensions of intercultural adaptability (Continuous Learning, Interpersonal Relations, and Hardiness) with each dimension consisting of two sub-dimensions. The assessment is meant to help each individual learn how they can personally evolve to inter-act and inter-be with our diverse, multicultural world. An Overall IES score is generated by combining the scores of the six sub-dimensions.

Continuous Learning                                         Interpersonal Relations                                 Hardiness

Exploration                                                                  Global Mindset                                                        Positive Regard

Self Awareness                                                            Relationship Interest                                              Emotional Resilience

The Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES) is a tool for assessing an individual’s personal progress in intercultural competency. IES was designed by the Kozai Group. IHAA staff members have received IES training. This instrument is one way to measure success in helping people develop intercultural communication and global citizenship.

FOCUS AREAS

The Global Engagement for Understanding (GEU) Program at IHAA helps participants develop skills in intercultural effectiveness, global citizenship, and servant leadership through various activities and events. 

Each activity or event reflects one or more of the following four focus areas of the GEU program:

  • Culture & Spirituality (CS)
    These activities increase understanding of, respect for, and harmonious exchange between people with diverse cultural and spiritual worldviews.

  • Leadership & Service (LS)
    These programs promote the aptitude for servant leadership as both a practice of local-to-global social contribution and as an embodied way of relating to others.

  • Justice & Peace (JP)
    These events allow participants to explore diverse perspectives of justice, peace-making, and equality, including the sociopolitical and cultural contexts in which they occur.

  • Community & Politics (CP)
    CP events provide space for members from diverse backgrounds to build community through open-minded communication and inclusive interaction.

GEU Program participants interact with IHAA residents, UM students, and members of the local community. Participants are encouraged to experience programs in each focus area to broaden understanding.

Certificates in Global Engagement are awarded by IHAA to participants (residents and non-residents) with a strong interest in mastering intercultural skills for their professional, civic, and/or academic careers.