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RACDA Professional Development: Intercultural Communication Workshop

December 11, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

$25 - $40

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
@ University of Rochester
8:30 am – Noon
Cost: RACDA Member Schools: $25.00 per person and Non-RACDA Member Schools: $40.00 per person
Registration & Payment Link: https://www.myinterfase.com/racda/employer/home.aspx
(Register as an employer to register for the workshop and to pay by credit card. Individuals or offices looking to pay by check, and invoice will be emailed to the individual who registers. For registration questions, please contact Eric Vaughn at eric_vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu)

Join us for a morning of engaging, hands-on intercultural exploration! These two sessions will help illuminate key understandings about the roles that culture and language play in interpersonal communication as well as provide practical tools for career development educators.

Session I
ECOTONOS: A Multicultural Problem-Solving Simulation

As an ECOTONOS participant, you will be assigned to play a very specific role as a member of an imaginary culture. You’ll need to learn and practice the rules and solve problems with other members of your new ‘culture’. Then the real challenge begins as you attempt to solve those same problems across culture and communication boundaries with members of other new ‘cultures’. This introductory cultural immersion provides a foundation for our focus on career development topics in Session II.

Session II
Intercultural Communications: Case Studies in Career Development

After the awareness building of the simulation, you will have the opportunity to work in teams on solving assigned case studies related to career development communication scenarios that were submitted by workshop participants.


8:30 – 9:00 Coffee, sign-in:

Session I: ECOTONOS Simulation
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction to Simulation
9:15 – 10:20 Simulation Exercise
10:20 – 10:50 Simulation Debriefing

10:50 – 11:00 Short Break

Session II: Case Studies in Career Development
11:00 – 11:15 Introduction
11:15 – 11:40 Team Problem Solving
11:40 – Noon Team Debrief, Wrap-up

About the facilitator
Ellen Zuroski is the owner of a communication and intercultural consulting firm, Zuroski Consulting, which serves individual and organizational clients around the world. A fluent speaker of Chinese, she regularly teaches Introductory Chinese for University of Rochester staff and faculty, incorporating concepts of intercultural communications. She is a former faculty member of the Simon Business School, where she taught Management Communication and founded and directed the internationally recognized English Language and U.S. Culture Program. Ms. Zuroski’s prior work includes administration and teaching in programs that have served refugee, immigrant, international and domestic student populations at such institutions as the University of Rochester, SUNY Brockport’s Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, Cornell University’s International Living Center, and WXXI. Ms. Zuroski was awarded a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship in International Development through the Partners of the Americas, the largest voluntary organization in the Western Hemisphere, and was the first representative of a U.S. business school to interview applicants in China. Ms. Zuroski received her B.A. in English Literature and Asian Studies from Cornell University, her M.S. in Education from the University of Rochester, and completed her doctoral coursework at the University of Rochester’s Warner School, focusing on the intercultural communication needs of international graduate business students.

Zuroski Consulting LLC: http://www.zuroskicon.com/about-us/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellen-zuroski-a934757/


December 11, 2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
$25 - $40
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Eric Vaughn


University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Building, Library Road
Rochester, NY 14611 United States
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