January 1, 2019.
The Cultural Immersion Project is an experiential-based, quarter-long learning activity designed for use with students in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, and related courses. Intercultural competence refers to the ability to confidently interact with members of a culture different from one’s own, while being aware of the culture’s social norms and expectations (Deardorff, 2006). Students select a group, and over the course of a quarter/semester, learn about and experience (to the extent possible/appropriate) the cultural practices/norms/values of their group (e.g., via interviews, cooking food, listening to music, dance instruction, arts, literature, etc.). Students document their experiences (at least 6 different types of activities, a minimum of 2 per week). The project culminates in a poster session (similar to a mini-conference), where students present a poster summarizing their experiences and research.