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An inaugural international research conference is currently underway at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Learning at Intercultural Intersections: International Research Conference is bringing together scholars in the field of intercultural learning, and it has drawn renowned researchers and presenters from as far away as South Africa, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
“All of our students are going to be graduating into increasingly multicultural society and globalized realities, so how do we provide them with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be engaged and informed citizens and professionals?” asked Dr. Kyra Garson of the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation.
Photo Credit: TRU
Garson is one of the organizers of the conference, and is joined by Dr. Carol Rees and Dr. Gloria Ramirez from the Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development.
TRU's Dr. Airini is one of the keynote speakers, discussing her research on equity in higher education, especially for indigenous and under-served students. Another keynote speaker, Dr. Darla Deardorff from Duke University, is concentrating on intercultural competence and international education assessment. Finally, Dr. David Geoffrey Smith from the University of Alberta is speaking on the study of pedagogy to the creation of a form of cultural mediation.
This conference became a reality as a result of a $25,000 grant from the TRU International Research Conference Fund, BC Council for International Education and the Canadian Bureau for International Education.
The conference that ends on Friday is another example of Thompson Rivers University leading the way in research and their commitment to a world class education.
Photo Credit: TRU