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Civic and Community Engagement | Communication | Critical and Cultural Studies | International and Intercultural Communication | Social Influence and Political Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies


The development of a new topics course (within the existing designation of TCCA 430) for the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts was facilitated by participation in a workshop entitled Linking Social Justice and Intercultural Communication in the Global Context. The workshop was offered by the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication at Reed College in July 2014. Participants explored how globalization has rapidly propelled people from different cultures into shared and contested physical and virtual spaces in homes, relationships, schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces, resulting in new forms of misunderstanding and conflict as well as unparalleled potential for intercultural alliances.

Under the guidance of Dr. Kathryn Sorrells, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge, and Amer Ahmed, Associate Director of Multiethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, workshop participants learned pedagogies and practical methods for addressing intercultural conflict and building intercultural alliances. Case studies were examined that exemplify the successes and challenges of linking intercultural communication and social justice work. Participants also analyzed theoretical frameworks and process models for developing dynamic, multicultural communities committed to equity and justice. Theory was translated into practice by engaging in and reflecting upon processes and practices for building socially responsible intercultural communities.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Faculty Development Grant in 2014, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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