The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
The following topic(s) will demonstrate what the discussion is about, but feel free to branch off or expand on the topics. In addition to this discussion, you will be asked to craft a 150 word reflection on what you have learned through this conversation and post it to the Reflection Journal. The more active you are in this part of the discussion, the more you will have to draw from in your reflection, so get involved, be active, help out your classmates when they need it, and, most of all, enjoy the conversation.
As culturally aware as we may be, we all see the world through the lenses of our own cultural experiences, and even the greatest among us struggle to understand people who are different from us. For this discussion, review the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity on pages 81-85 of the Learning through Serving text. Which one of these six stages Denial, Defense, Minimization, Acceptance, Adaption, or intergration do you find yourself in? Why do you think that is, and what do you think you could do to help you climb to the next level? Remember, we are all learning and growing here, so there are no right or wrong answers, so long as we are being honest with ourselves and others.