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Typical Skills/Qualities Globally Competent People Possess

Interest in continuous learning
Cultural awareness/sensitivity
Positive outlook toward adversity
Appreciation of Diversity
Comfort with uncertainty
Language/communication skills
Sense of humor

In short, being global means you

Have a mindset that appreciates and respects other cultural perspectives and norms (open–minded; non–judgmental; accepts differences)
Are experienced in multicultural environments either abroad or in your own country
Are adaptable and flexible in unfamiliar situations
Have International awareness, knowledge and understanding
Effectively communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries

Most important to employers, according to a study by Michigan State University, are resourcefulness and adaptability.

Join our new Global Competency Certificate Program

The Winter Quarter "kick off" meeting is November 29 or December 1 at 10 a.m. in room BE1113B for everybody who has applied to participate in the Global Competency Certificate Program. The deadline is December 16. Late deadline for New Winter Quarter students is January 6.

Seattle Central would like to invite students, faculty and staff to participate in our Global Competency Certificate Program (GCCP) in 2017!

The Global Competency Certificate Program (GCCP) includes two 10–week programs—Level One and Level Two—which will take place during Winter and Spring Quarter 2017. GCCP creates an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to explore international issues and improve one's ability to appreciate, learn, and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. These certificates are just one tool to improve those skills to function productively in an interdependent world community.

In Level One, you will first take the International Development Inventory (IDI), an internationally recognized instrument that measures your global understanding. This will "benchmark" your current level of global understanding. This on line instrument takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Then, you will be assigned to a partner or "triad" (group of 3 people) and will meet a minimum of 4 times with them throughout the 10 weeks. You will engage in a series of 4 activities, will reflect and journal and then have discussions with these partners.

Required activities to earn the Certificate include things such as

  • visiting a cultural museum or religious event,
  • attending a play or movie set in a cross–cultural context
  • dining at one of Seattle's ethnic restaurants

To begin, complete the application and send it to the Global Engagement Team (GET), a Committee under the Student Leadership department. GET will send you a link to take the International Development Inventory. Then, take the IDI and watch for the invitation to the Program Kick Off in early January.

Read more about the Global Competency Program.

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Got Global Competency?

What is global competence?

Global competence refers to the acquisition of in–depth knowledge and understanding of international issues, an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, proficiency in a foreign language, and skills to function productively in an interdependent world community. This definition contains four basic elements:

  1. International awareness. This constitutes the knowledge and understanding of world history, socioeconomic and political systems, health and environmental issues, and other global events. This awareness includes the understanding that local and national events can have international implications. An individual who is aware of the broader world environment also recognizes that an individual's actions can affect others beyond one's own borders.
  2. Appreciation of cultural diversity. This entails the ability to know, understand, and appreciate people from other cultures along with the capacity to acknowledge other points of view about pressing world issues. Awareness and appreciation of cross–cultural differences, and the willingness to accept those differences, opens doors for opportunities to engage in productive and respectful cross–cultural relations.
  3. Proficiency in foreign languages. The ability to understand, read, write, and speak in more than one language enhances cross–cultural communication skills. The knowledge of additional languages opens doors to the understanding of other cultures and people who speak those languages.
  4. Competitive skills. The ability to compete globally entails the acquisition of extensive knowledge of international issues. To be able to compete, students need high–level thinking skills that enhance creativity and innovation. Students who gain a thorough understanding of the economic, social, and technological changes taking place across the globe enhance their ability to compete in the worldwide marketplace.

Excerpt from National Education Association, Washington D.C.

Develop Your Global Competence at Seattle Central

  • Cross–Cultural Interactions: Build relationships with literally thousands of refugee and immigrant students or staff and/or international students on campus. We have one of the most diverse campuses in the United States. Participate in conversation partners or tutoring to non–native English speaking students. Focus on cross–cultural communication with others in ways that provide insights into how people from other cultures experience Seattle, the College, the world and more specifically, how their experiences are similar and/or different from your own.
  • Committees/Clubs: Join one of the many cross culturally–oriented clubs on campus or get involved with Multi–Cultural Services initiatives.
  • Classes: Enroll in classes at Seattle Central, at other colleges or in the community that focus on cross–cultural communication and relations. Check out continuing education offerings, too. Foreign language classes also usually include cultural components.
  • Volunteer or intern at culturally–based organizations in Seattle through Seattle Central's service learning and internship offices.
  • Books: You can purchase or borrow from the library. Read books that are based in cross–cultural settings and describe and explain patterns of cultural difference and similarity. The settings can be domestic or international and the books could be non–fiction or fiction, but they will often provide insights into the history and cultural norms of diverse groups.
  • Theatre, Film & Arts: Attend cross–cultural movies, plays and other artistic exhibits and performances at Seattle Central's Broadway Performance Hall or other campus locations. You will increase your own cultural self–awareness as well as learn about other cultural perspectives. Note: The Seattle International Film Festival is right next door to the College!
  • Cultural Visits to specific sites in the community around Seattle Central, across the country or internationally (if you'll be travelling abroad) can increase your knowledge about diverse cultural experiences. Beyond visiting and learning about Poulsbo and the International District, here is a link to Seattle Cultural Heritage guides which also includes museums in Seattle.

Through Seattle Central's Programs Abroad:

  1. Enroll in one of many programs such as quarter length study abroad, Teach in China, Global Impact and others. Apply for a scholarship!
  2. While overseas, become fully immersed in local culture, reflecting on similarities and differences between your native cultural norms and the country you are visiting. How about some cross–culturally focused travelling where you can systematically observe and engage cultural diversity such as how people interact, make decisions, share information, and treat "visitors"? Don't forget to journal!
  3. Build relationships with local people. Ask them questions and let them serve as a window to the new culture.

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