Category: Intercultural Initiatives for Campus and Community

From Collaboration to Celebration: Seeding Campus-Wide Ecosystems for Intercultural Collaboratives

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 40

Intercultural learning is examined as rooted in the (1) authenticity of collaborations, and (2) vitality of campus-wide ecosystems that continually challenge stakeholders as intercultural learners.

Cheri Chan

Assistant Director, International Student Success
Concordia University-Irvine
Irvine, CA

In her role as Assistant Director of International Student Success at Concordia University Irvine, Cheri C.Y. Chan fosters an inclusive learning environment for international students, taking an approach that is holistic (perceiving academic, socio-emotional, vocational, and character development as interdependent), collaborative (rooted in authentic relationship with campus-wide partners), and grounded (in the use of communal celebration and storytelling to steer university climate and decision-making). She enjoys being a connector: of students to growth opportunities, of colleagues to potential collaborators, and of theory and empirical research to real-life application in global learning ecosystems. Chan began her journey in the U.S. as an international student (B.A. Cornell University) and received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, focusing on the intersection of culture, cognition, and learning.