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BCCIE Summer Conference provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together more than 500 participants from our province, across Canada and beyond our borders. The conference attracts senior leaders, researchers, practitioners, student service providers, administrators, government, NGOs, and students to explore these ideas with the aim of strengthening our work and taking steps towards advancing outstanding leadership in the fields of International Education in BC.

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Tuesday, June 19 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Intercultural Understanding [Intercultural Stream]

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At our 2017 gathering, intercultural capacity emerged as a major theme and need in the sector. This year's theme invites us to talk about things we should be talking about. In this session, we ask intercultural learning to what end? Is intercultural competence the end goal? Or can it be understood as a foundation towards more pressing goals that we should consider when inviting the world to our campuses in the midst of changes in Canadian demographics and mindsets. We can no longer talk about intercultural and international education without considering intersecting national agendas: responding to the TRC, refugee populations, and first-generation Canadians. Nor can we ignore the global and local shifts towards polarized, us and them narratives that impact not only international students but all students in the wake of exclusionary, exceptionalist, and racist rhetoric that permeates social media and our classrooms. We invite you to join us in a dialogue about how we might consider developing intercultural competence and internationalization not as a goal but as an opportunity to champion inclusion, equity, and social justice in higher education.

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Darla Deardorff

Executive Director, AIEA / Duke University
Dr. Darla K. Deardorff is the Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and a research fellow at Duke University in the United States. Author/editor of 8 books and over 50 articles, she has published, presented and consulted widely on international... Read More →

Kyra Garson

Coordinator, Interculturalization, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, TRU
Kyra Garson is a faculty member at Thompson Rivers University in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. She is also an intercultural trainer and researcher who has developed and delivered PD programmes to educational institutions across the Canada and internationally... Read More →

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Langara College

Platinum Sponsor
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides university, career, and continuing studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all... Read More →

Tuesday June 19, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
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