Members of IAPCHE at the 5th Latin America Consultation in San José, Costa Rica in September 2014
Latin America Consultation

Breakout Session 4

1:00-2:30 pm Tuesday, June 6

4A - The Ethic of the Encounter: Teaching to Listen, to Learn, and to Love



Education and service abroad are opportunities to engage others who are culturally different. However, these experiences do not automatically lead to the skills and characteristics that enable students to interact effectively and appropriately in another cultural context. The presenters discuss elements of program design, pedagogy and curriculum that contribute to intercultural competency. They highlight successes and challenges in fostering an incarnational ethic of encounter that, in turn, shapes how our students listen, learn, and love.

  • Laura M. Montgomery, Dean of Global and Experiential Learning, Professor of Anthropology // Wheaton College // Wheaton, Illinois, United States
  • Mary Docter, Professor of Spanish // Westmont College // Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • Timothy Klingler, Assistant Professor of Spanish  // Wheaton College // Wheaton, Illinois, United States




4B - An Interfaith Agenda in the International Setting

Why is the interfaith agenda important for higher education and how do international interfaith centers assist in carrying out that agenda?  We will look at a six-point agenda moving from tolerance to "Holy Envy" and how this agenda is developed in a specific case in the country of Oman.  The Reformed Church in America founded the first hospital and school in that country in the 1800s.  Now the efforts of the Al Amana Centre brings college and seminary students to learn in this peaceful and tolerant Muslim country.  We will examine the Christian responsibility to both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  

  • Doug Kindschi, Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute // Grand Valley State University // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
  • Rev. Douglas Leonard, Director for World Missions // Reformed Church in America // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States




4C - Engaging College Campuses in Interfaith Communities


Muslim-Christian Dialogue On Campus: Equipping Students for a Globalized Society


This presentation focuses on Kuyper College’s Intercultural Immersion course on Islam, and highlights strategies for facilitating dialogue between the students and various Muslim groups, including representatives from the Muslim Student Association of a local university.   Having students listen to others, no matter their beliefs or background, helps students learn to value the uniqueness of individuals and gain skills to function well among diverse groups of people. 


Lisa Hoogeboom, Associate Professor of Intercultural and Biblical Studies // Kuyper College // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States


Interfaith Leadership on College Campuses: Moving from Dialogue to Action


Today’s college students are tomorrow’s leaders, and in all professions, being able to engage positively across diversity is essential to our globalized society. This presentation will explore how models of interfaith leadership on college campuses are helping students, staff and faculty move from dialogue to action around building common ground and promoting the common good. Based in content from national organization Interfaith Youth Core and leading scholar Dr. Eboo Patel, we will share what implementing this has looked like at four West Michigan colleges/universities over the past two years

  • Katie Gordon, Program Manager, Kaufman Interfaith Institute // Grand Valley State University // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
  • Kyle Kooyers, Community Event Program Coordinator, Kaufman Interfaith Institute // Grand Valley State University // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States




4D - Christian Higher Education in the Contemporary Context


Being Faithful to God in the Era of Trump: A Christian Word from Latin America


This paper expresses analysis and recommendations of key Latin American Theological Fellowship leaders regarding the Trump presidency. This information is based on research carried out for the Journal of Latin American Theology and highlights their recommendations for both the Trump presidency and for followers of Jesus in the United States.


Lindy Scott, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies; General Editor, Journal of Latin American Studies // Whitworth University // Spokane, Washington, United States


Internationalization of Christian Higher Education through Co-creation


In a fragmented world of neo-protectionism or regional conflicts, Christian higher education can build on the biblical themes of co-creation and reconciliation while operating on innovated models of internationalization to combat wider challenges including reduced endowment and falling enrollment. The presentation will review the Internal, External, Digital Network, Joint, and Co-creation models, and analyze the pre-requisite of the Co-creation Model through a current pilot by Lumina College in Hong Kong, China. 


Wing Tai Leung, President // Lumina College // Kowloon, Hong Kong, China




4E - Teaching Strategies for Cross-cultural Dialogue


Using the Communication Strategies of Paraphrasing and Dialogue to Clarify Thinking and Encourage Collaborative Learning


This session examines paraphrasing and dialoguing as effective communication strategies for clarifying meaning, listening and responding thoughtfully, and problem solving.  Both strategies will be explained, modeled, and practiced to showcase self-reflection and evaluation. Implementation methods will be explored for integration in both advising and classroom instruction environments. Adopting the skills involved in paraphrasing and dialoguing equips students to negotiate meaning, clarify understanding, listen effectively, build on what others are saying, and disagree respectfully.  


Beth VanderKolk, Assistant Professor of Education // Cornerstone University // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Pamela George, Assistant Professor of Special Education // Cornerstone University // Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States


Listening and learning through the lenses of African proverbs


It is an examination of selected African proverbs relevant to the topic with the aim of learning from the African approach to listening and learning in order to enrich international higher education. Listening is so important in most African ethnic groups that one of the proverbs says “Children [and youth] have ears but they do not have a mouth.” We will explore the rationale behind such philosophy of education and the possible implications for international higher education. 


Moussa Bongoyok, Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, Cook School of Intercultural Studies // Biola University // La Mirada, California, United States




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