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Intercultural Competency in the Curriculum: What's the Intercultural Development Inventory?

Resource guide compiled by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for navigating intercultural curriculum development at CCC.


Intercultural Competence

The ability to communicate with, understand, and work with people of various different backgrounds, values, world views and behaviors -- is critical to achieving...

  • Positive/effective intercultural interaction and learning
  • Professional effectiveness
  • Inclusivity
  • Improved community relations in multicultural environments

Why does this matter?

"A supportive climate can help students develop a sense of belonging, which is an important - perhaps a prerequisite - element of student motivation. [...] A supportive classroom climate promotes students' sense of belonging, and their sense of belonging promotes their academic achievement." (Dewsbury & Brame, 2019)


Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) is a cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence. This is a tool to measure intercultural competence along the validated Intercultural Development Continuum (adapted, based on IDI research, from the DMIS theory developed by Milton Bennett). It's a program to assess where you currently are with these skills, and move toward professional growth through an individualized Intercultural development plan.

Intercultural Development Continuum diagram, moving from Denial, Polarization, Minimization, Acceptance, Adaptation


Click here to see more information about the different mindsets on this continuum.


Objectives for Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Engage in civil interaction across difference
  • Engage in constructive talk across difference
  • Engage in productive intercultural interaction
  • Recognize we will make mistakes
  • Take risks to interact with others who experiences are different
  • Move beyond fear, anxiety, defensiveness to positively engage
  • Develop/increase resilience
  • Educate one another about cultural differences
  • Take advantage of opportunities for intercultural interactions
  • Welcome and initiate conversations across difference
  • Think about the kinds of relationships I want and create them
  • Recognize that this can be difficult, emotional work
  • Understand implications of cultures and cultural difference