Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship


WS16 - Intercultural Communication in Practice

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 401

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

International educators provide intercultural guidance to students going abroad and incoming international students, as well as to other constituents on an increasingly diverse campus. Move beyond intercultural theory to develop a facilitative framework for supporting intercultural learning among students, scholars, faculty, and staff. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Wes Hansen

Communication Studies
University of Minnesota Department of Communication Studies
Minneapolis, MN

Wes Hansen is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. Wes is also affiliated with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, through an International Education minor. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Wes worked in international education/education abroad capacities at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (Costa Rica), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and San Diego State University - International Business (SDSU). Wes’ research interests involve intergroup interactions, perceptions, and cultural competency within the context of the globalized world and higher education. In addition to being passionate about his research area Wes is also driven in his teaching and training of intercultural and nonverbal communication, pursuit of travel and year-round outdoor adventures (even in Minnesota), love for language and cultural learning, and his family. Wes is a professional member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Society for International Education, Training & Research (SIETAR-MN), the International Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR), and the National Communication Association (NCA). He looks forward to upcoming conferences and collaboration among the organizations’ many internationally like-minded professionals. Wes speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and holds a B.A in Psychology and Spanish from St. Olaf College and a M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University. Wes takes great pride for his family’s award winning chili and the Green Bay Packers American football team.


Meredith Henderson

Senior Director of Programs
University of North Carolina, Center for International Understanding

Meredith Henderson is the Senior Director of Programs for Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding). Meredith has a B.A. degree in French Studies from Mount Holyoke College, a Master's in International Development/Sociology from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from NC State. Meredith has studied and worked in France and Canada, and joined Go Global NC's staff in early 1999. As the Senior Director of Programs, Meredith oversees the organization’s programs and runs select programs. She has led programs for educators, policy and community leaders to Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, India, Ireland, China, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Germany, and has organized programs to Ghana. In 2004, she collaborated with East Carolina University to present a conference on best practices in educating Latino/Hispanic students in NC. The conference drew on the experiences and findings of educators who participated in the Center's programs to Mexico between 1998-2003. In 2009, she co-presented at the International Transformative Learning Conference in Bermuda on the use of dialogue groups to enhance learning. Meredith lives with her husband in Wake Forest, North Carolina with their cat. She loves to travel and has a personal goal of one day joining the Travelers’ Century Club – a club for people who have visited 100 or more of the world’s countries and territories.


Bethany R. Keller

Assistant Director, International Student Affairs
Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Bethany Keller serves as the assistant director of the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs at Webster University. Keller has worked in international education for fifteen years, developing expertise in intercultural communication, international student advising, and programming. She has developed cross-cultural communication training for academic advisors, faculty, and her campus community and presented regionally and nationally for academic advising associations and NAFSA conferences. In her current position, she provides a wide range of academic, personal, and other services to international students through outreach, counseling, and programming and is responsible for developing, directing, and implementing international student programs and activities, and supporting the retention-related needs of international students. Keller earned her MA in International Relations at Webster University and studied abroad at Regents College London during her BA International Relations. She also teaches first year experience courses on culture and identity in the Global Education Learning Community at Webster University. She was a member of Class VII of the NAFSA Academy in 2010.



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