The 39th annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC) offers professional development opportunities for people working in education, training, business, and consulting, in both international and domestic intercultural contexts. One of the premier gatherings of professionals in the field of intercultural communication, SIIC presents a unique opportunity to explore the field and network with others in a stimulating and supportive environment.
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2015 SIIC Schedule — Many of these workshops will be available in 2016
- SIIC Workshop
- Additional Learning
- Reed College:
The Setting for SIIC
Workshops are presented in three sessions plus a series of Sample of SIIC (SOS) workshops on Saturday, July 16. Since workshops run concurrently, only one workshop may be attended per session. However, the workshops have been carefully scheduled to make it easy to combine a 3-day workshop in one session with a 5-day workshop in another session.
Session I offers 3-day workshops.
- Session I A: 3-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, and end on Friday, July 15, at 5:00 p.m. Participants staying on campus should arrive Tuesday after 4:00 p.m., July 12, and depart Saturday, July 16.
A Sample of SIIC (SOS) consists of 1-day workshops offered on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Participants staying on campus should arrive Friday after 4:00 p.m., July 15, and plan on leaving Sunday, July 17. Participants are encouraged to stay on or come early to add a 1-day workshop topic to their curriculum.
Session II offers 5-day, and 3-day workshops.
- Session II A: 5-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 18, and end on Friday, July 22, at 5:00 p.m. Participants staying on campus should arrive Sunday after 4:00 p.m., July 17, and depart Saturday, July 23.
- Session II B: 3-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 18, and end on Wednesday, July 20, at 5:00 p.m. Participants staying on campus should arrive Sunday after 4:00 p.m., July 17, and depart Thursday, July 21.
Session III offers 5-day workshops.
- Session III: 5-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 25, and end on Friday, July 29, at 5:00 p.m. Participants staying on campus should arrive Sunday after 4:00 p.m., July 24, and depart Saturday, July 30.
In addition to the professional workshops, there are also evening programs that include presentations by experts on relevant topics, simulations, and career counseling sessions. If you do not intend to stay on campus, we encourage you to spend as many evenings as possible there, since the evening programs are an important part of the overall educational experience. Informal receptions for participants and faculty follow the evening programs. Entertainment is also scheduled during each session.
A small selection of new and classic intercultural materials from the ICI Research Library will be available onsite during SIIC. The entire ICI Library, which contains over 31,000 specialized books, articles, and training materials, is housed at ICI’s permanent headquarters and will be open to participants on scheduled days during SIIC. Check our website for details. Some current titles in intercultural relations will also be available in the SIIC Bookstore.
Please note: Optional activities are scheduled every evening during both sessions. If you are planning to sightsee or visit family or friends in the Portland area, it helps to know that each day includes optional evening activities that can run until 11:00 p.m. To get the maximum benefit from SIIC, we recommend that you plan any extracurricular activities before or after the session.
SIIC Fellows Program:
The SIIC Fellows Program offers an opportunity to experience substantial intercultural professional development, to assess career direction, to commit to a personal intercultural practice, and to learn about intercultural team building by working directly with other Fellows, SIIC staff, and faculty. It is a combination of a mentoring program and a chance to get a different and more extensive behind-the-scenes Institute experience. This is one of two SIIC programs with a formal selection procedure. Our Fellows typically range in age from 25 to 70 and come from dozens of different cultures and professions. Approximately 30 Fellows will be chosen for 2016.
New Interculturalists' Program:
Designed for those interested in a glimpse of SIIC behind the scenes, the New Interculturalists Program begins just before Session I, and offers an Institute immersion experience, an introduction to the field of intercultural relations, and an exploration of professional opportunities. All New Interculturalists will also attend a three-day workshop in Session I B and a one-day Sample of SIIC class, where they will work closely with faculty in a support capacity. This is an opportunity to not only see behind the scenes but also be behind the scenes at SIIC and gain considerable insight into what drives the field and those who are actively engaged in it.
All SIIC 3-day and 5-day workshops qualify for academic credit through a cooperative agreement between the Intercultural Communication Institute and Portland State University (PSU).
GCI Qualifying Seminar
The Global Competencies Inventory (GCI) measures leadership effectiveness competencies of corporate managers and global leaders in areas critical to interacting and working effectively with people of different cultures. It is designed for faculty and graduate students in universities as well as technical personnel, and middle and top management personnel in international corporations. Use of the GCI requires attending this seminar.
Cultural Detective® Facilitator Workshop
Cultural Detective® is a core method for developing intercultural understanding, productivity, and effectiveness. It serves as a powerful design backbone for courseware, coaching, and teambuilding, or as a stand-alone tool for conflict resolution, learning and dialogue.
Participants stay in modern residence halls with same-sex shared bathrooms. A semi-private double has two beds in one large room divided by a partition wall.
Session I, July 13-15, 2016 (arrival Tuesday, July 12; departure Saturday, July 16). Includes housing Tuesday night through Friday night, all meals from Wednesday breakfast through Saturday breakfast, one 3-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
A Sample of SIIC: One-Day Workshops, Saturday, July 16 2016 (arrival Friday, July 15; departure Sunday, July 17). Includes housing Friday night through Saturday night, all meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast, the one-day workshop, and most materials.
Session II A, July 18-22, 2016 (arrival Sunday, July 17; departure Saturday, July 23). Includes housing Sunday night through Friday night, all meals from Monday breakfast through Saturday breakfast, one 5-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
Session II B, July 18-20, 2016 (arrival Sunday, July 17; departure Thursday, July 21). Includes housing Sunday night through Wednesday night, all meals from Monday breakfast through Thursday breakfast, one 3-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
Session III, July 25-29, 2016 (arrival Sunday, July 24; departure Saturday, July 30). Includes housing Sunday night through Friday night, all meals from Monday breakfast through Saturday breakfast, one 5-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
Session I, July 13-15, 2016. Includes lunches* Wednesday through Friday, one 3-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
A Sample of SIIC: One-Day Workshops, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Includes lunch, the one-day workshop, and most materials.
Session II A, July 18-22, 2016. Includes lunches* Monday through Friday, one 5-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
Session II B, July 18-20, 2016. Includes lunches* Monday through Wednesday, one 3-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
Session III, July 25-29 2016. Includes lunches* Monday through Friday, one 5-day workshop, all evening programs, and most materials.
*Off-campus participants may purchase dinner on campus and are encouraged to remain for evening programs to gain the most from their time at SIIC.
Former SIIC participants and Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) students and alumni will receive a discount of $50 for each 3-day or 5-day 2016 workshop.
On-campus participants adding a Sample of SIIC (SOS) workshop after Session I and On-campus participants adding a Session II C workshop after Session II B will receive a discount of $40.
SIIC Installment Plan (SIP)
Upon approval, interested participants can borrow up to 60% of the cost of any workshop, interest free. These credit accounts will be payable in six equal monthly installments, beginning in August 2016 and continuing through January 2017. For more information, contact Steven Dowd, Director of Finance, or download and submit an application. We invite you to “Take a SIP of SIIC” this year!
Participants may send the entire fee or a deposit of $100 per person. Final payment is due prior to arrival. Registrations without a deposit will be put on a waiting list.
Participants who are sponsored by a corporation or academic institution may register with a purchase order number. Payments must be made in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, or by MasterCard, VISA, or American Express.
You may cancel your registration up to 10 business days before the start of your workshop, and we will refund your tuition less a $100 cancellation fee. Some substitutions or transfers, within 12 months, may be available by special arrangement. Contact Elsa Wallace for details.
Please note: Although we encourage early registration to assure a place in your first-choice workshop, we will accept registrations until a workshop is full.
Choosing Your Workshop
Selecting the best workshop to meet your needs based only on the written description can be challenging. After you check the complete online workshop descriptions, we encourage you to use the excellent advising services at ICI. The staff welcomes the opportunity to provide you with details by phone or email about instructors, workshop content and methods, and possible alternative choices. We want you to be satisfied with your choice, since changing workshops after they begin may be difficult. If your organization is sending a team, it is especially beneficial to receive advice on distributing and balancing topics for the group.
Enrollment in each workshop is limited to allow interaction among participants and faculty. Please list your first- and second-choice workshop for each session; every effort will be made to place you in your first-choice workshop. If the workshop is full or cancelled, we will call you before placing you in your second choice. Since workshops run concurrently, only one workshop may be attended per session.
The site of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication is the lovely wooded campus of Reed College, 20 minutes from downtown in the middle of a residential neighborhood in southeast Portland. Reed College is a cordial host for SIIC; it considers the support of SIIC as part of its educational mission. Participants are housed in comfortable residence halls located on Reed’s 108-acre campus, which is known for its extensive collection of Pacific Northwest indigenous plants. A trail system is available to walkers and runners.
For SIIC 2016, ICI will have a limited number of $250 and $500 scholarships available for any 3-day or 5-day workshop of the recipient's choice.
We are also pleased to be offering two additional $500 scholarships from our newly created Canadian Intercultural Scholarship fund. These awards are intended to offer financial assistance to two Canadians who are interested in broadening their intercultural mindset and have enrolled in a 5-day workshop. They are due in large part to a generous donation and commitment from an intercultural friend in British Columbia, a MAIR graduate and frequent SIIC attendee.
For more information, please contact the SIIC Scholarship Committee.
2016 SIIC Schedule:
Session I: July 13-15
Sample of SIIC: July 16
Session II A: July 18-22
Session II B: July 18-20
Session III: July 25-29