The School of Psychology’s Institute for Cross Cultural Management (ICCM) received a $280,000 grant from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The grant will fund the study of cultures around the world and the development of training materials to improve the cultural competence of U.S. military members.
ICCM faculty will conduct primary research on regions of interest as well as rely on the cultural expertise of Florida Tech international students. More than 1,100 international students from almost 100 countries are enrolled at the university.
“You can learn a little about another culture from reading, but that information pales in comparison to what you can learn in a brief conversation from someone who has lived in that culture,” said Rich Griffith, ICCM director.
Information collected from research and student experiences will help develop scenarios used in cultural training. The scenarios, filmed for multimedia presentation, will be shown to trainees who must attend to the details of the scenes. Their task will be to understand the cultural context and choose the right response to a series of “what would you do next?” questions.