AUBURN, Alabama, Feb. 9, 2013

Auburn University announced they have reached an agreement with the originator of the Culture Bump Approach, Dr. Carol M. Archer for Auburn’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to serve as the training base for the global communication process first developed over 30 years ago at the University of Houston’s Language and Culture Center (LCC).  For over three decades, the Culture Bump Approach has been used to prepare international students coming to the University Houston as well as in Continuing Education programs, in the Asian-American Studies Center and the Executive MBA Program in the Bauer College of Business.  Most recently,  it served to integrate cross cultural communication into the LCC curriculum and as the foundation for  training American student guides in the Culture Connection Program.

Auburn University will offer workshops, seminars and Culture Bump Train-the-Trainer Certification through the Biggio Center’s Cultural Insight Program.   Archer and Biggio Center faculty, Dr. Stacey Nickson, have already begun conducting seminars both on the Auburn University and the University of Houston campuses and throughout the United States.

According to Nickson, each day, human interaction in every arena is influenced by individual responses to differences. Our positive, negative or neutral reactions are evident in the conflicts and violence that result from decisions made in response to differences in politics, education, religion, socio-economics, gender, nationality and ethnicity.

Now …

imagine learning to use any of these differences as a way to connect with others and to guide them to do the same?

Culture Bump training makes this possible not only for individuals, but also for businesses, governments, schools, universities, hospitals, religious institutions, the military, political parties, neighborhood groups –  any circumstance in which people are confronted with “Others”.

The Culture Bump Approach® is an engaging and interactive process that teaches  transformation of “culture bumps” or differences with others into authentic relationships.  It includes a method that teaches negotiation of new insights into one’s own character or culture and leads to an exploration of why humans are different while affirming how we are the same.The approach has been successfully applied to global  audiences  – North American, Asian, African, European, Middle Eastern and Latin American –  ranging from Fortune 500 corporate clients and governments to kindergartners.

“As globalization continues to impact individuals and organizations worldwide, the importance of understanding “others” is ever more critical. The success of the university (or business) of the future will depend on the knowledge of self and others that the Culture Bump process strives to achieve. Drs. Archer and Nickson will greatly enhance Auburn University’s local and international impact; we are privileged to have them be part of our academic family.” Dr. James E. Groccia, Biggio Center Director.

“It is an honor to bring this work to Auburn University’s Cultural Insight Program.  I am excited about this partnership and the opportunity to grow the theory and practical application of Culture Bump with the outstanding staff at the Biggio Center,” states Archer.  “Because the Culture Bump Approach focuses on specific skill development, it is a practical solution to complex issues. And the Biggio Center with its emphasis on pragmatic excellence in teaching and communication is a natural base for expanding the Culture Bump Approach.”

Nickson declares, “Access to information and skill development is key.  We are at a critical juncture where dependency, technology and transportation make interaction inevitable. Effective communication is paramount. Culture Bump training gives us a common language and skills to immediately solve differences and move forward to achieve mutual goals – whether  educational, political, financial, spiritual or personal”.

Culture Bump workshops and trainer certification programs are regularly scheduled throughout the United States.  Interested organizations can request on-site customized trainings .  This year, Auburn University will certify two cohorts of culture bump trainers.  One cohort will be trained in Auburn (March 11-15) while the other group will convene for training in San Diego, CA (June 24-28).  The intensive 5-day course will certify participants to train others in the Culture Bump Approach®. Continuing Education Units will be available.

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