International House (IHouse)

Trainings and Workshops

International House is currently offering three trainings that are available for request for the entire Duke community. These trainings below have been specifically designed for undergraduate and graduate students, but they can be tailored based on the expectations of the prospective participants. Please fill out the form below to request one of the sessions available. We recommend you submit your training request at least two weeks prior to the anticipated date of the session in order to give us enough time to plan. Due to COVID-19, all the sessions are currently offered virtually until further notice. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Esra Uzun Mason ( 

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Lead with an Intercultural Mindset, Module 1

With this training, we aim to educate students on what intercultural competence means and help them identify ways to develop their awareness as they deal with uncertainty and differences during crisis. We want participants to become aware of their initial reactions to conflict and how their responses impact their relationships and interactions with others. It is important for students to acknowledge the impact of certain behaviors on the experiences of international students. We understand that it is necessary for participants discuss the complexity of power dynamics, intersectionality, and identity and its impact on our community at Duke. 

Lead with an Intercultural Mindset, Module 2

With this training, we will continue our discussion on intercultural learning with a focus on the Learning Zone model. During this session, we will have the opportunity to explore different ways we respond in (un)familiar circumstances and practice a mindfulness tool to expand our intercultural growth mindset. It is highly recommended that participants complete Module 1 before registering for Module 2.

Cross-cultural Communication

The cross-cultural communication training focuses on developing an awareness and understanding of culture and its relation to communication with individuals from different backgrounds. During this training, we will examine two cultural dimension theories as a framework for cross-cultural communication and study various case studies. We will also identify ways to build relationships and communicate effectively across cultures and explore practices to continue improving cross-cultural communication skills.    

Name Pronunciation

With this training, we aim to learn about the importance of correct name pronunciation and its impact on effective communication with people from different cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds. We will discuss various ways to intentionally make an effort to say someone’s name correctly as well as learn strategies to correct others properly. We will practice the pronunciation of names in different languages and explore tips to become familiar with the common features of these languages.