Carol Archer and Associates is a cross cultural training company which has assisted educators and business people in meeting the intercultural communication needs for their diverse populations.

What is Carol Archer and Associates?

With a team of global cultural experts, Carol Archer and Associates has provided cultural orientation and repatriation training for corporations and study abroad programs since 2000. In addition, it has provided cultural and team development support for transfer of technology in multinational joint ventures. In addition, Carol Archer and Associates trains ESL and EFL practitioners in integrating intercultural skills into language programs.

What kind of trainings are offered?

Carol Archer and Associates provide face to face trainings in a variety of formats, including:

Half Day Seminar

Two Day Training

Full Day Workshop

Blended Online/ Face to Face Training

Customized Courses

Previous Workshops:

A partial list of companies for whom Carol Archer and Associates has customized trainings in order to meet their cross-cultural needs includes:

State of Texas Refugee Program (1997-1999)
M. D. Anderson (2002-2004)
Cross Cultural training for refugees for the State of Texas (2004-2005)
NASA (2007-2009)
Lanxess (2007-2008)
AECOM Construction and Engineering Joint Venture with the Libyan Government (2008-2011)
Dow Chemical (2011 to Present)
Shell Oil-Pecten international branch (4 years)
Chinese National Petroleum (2014 to present)
Auburn University Biggio Center (2011 to 2015)
Auburn University Center for Educational Outreach & Engagement (2015 to present)

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Dr. Carol Archer and Associates

Dr. Carol Archer

Dr. Carol Archer is the originator of the Culture Bump theory and methodology. In 1978, she was certified by Stanford University Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in corporate training design and implementation and worked as a cross-cultural trainer with George Renwick & Associates for over six years. She first started integrating the Culture Bump theory in traditional business Intercultural Communication Workshops in October of 1978 and has since trained people in various fields, such as international business, religion, education, and medicine to use the approach in their work and lives. Since 2000, she has continued her corporate work with Carol Archer & Associates. With a Doctorate in Education, she spent over 30 years as a teacher of cross cultural communication and ESL with the University of Houston’s Language & Culture Center and as a professor of ESL strategies and second language acquisition theories at the University of St. Thomas. She is the author of Living with Strangers in the U.S.A: Communicating Beyond Culture published in 1990 and the multimedia training course the Toolkit for Culture and Communication in 2004. In addition to teaching and research, she has worked with companies like AT&T, Pecten/Shell Oil, Exxon and the World Trade Association to train over 1,000 businessmen from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the USA using the Culture Bump Approach. Additionally, Dr. Archer developed cultural orientation for refugees for the State of Texas and served as a cross–cultural consultant for the PBS series, “Images of America.” Currently, she serves as a consultant to Auburn University’s Program for Cultural Insight. She speaks Spanish and studied Arabic and French.

Mrs. Gursharan Kandola

Mrs. Gusharan Kandola

Mrs. Kandola has a Masters in Education with a science background. She is trained in Culture and Communication, and has used the Toolkit extensively in her classroom. She has taught from K -12, and at University of Houston for eleven years. Mrs. Kandola has traveled around the world and lived as an expat in the following countries: U.K., Norway, Canada, USA, India, Bangladesh, and Thailand. She also has much experience with Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. She has experienced the culture bumps and practiced the Culture Bump cycles during her expat life. Presently, Mrs. Kandola takes care of her parents when in U.K., and teaches in Long Beach, CA., and Houston, TX, when in U.S.A.

Dr. Nader Abualnaja

Dr. Nader Abualnaja attended the cross cultural class at the Language and Culture Center at the University of Houston which started his journey working with Dr. Archer on Culture Bump projects over the years. He has worked on the development of the video, Brian and Aziz, for the Toolkit for Culture and Communication. In addition, he has collected data for the development of the Culture Bumps in Global Classrooms App as well as conducted workshops on the approach throughout the Houston Area. In 2017, he completed his facilitators course and is certified by Auburn to facilitate the use of Culture Bump in his field of work and daily life. Dr. Abualnaja holds a doctorate in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University with a research focus on perceived bias. His experience includes project management, administration and academic research. Bilingual in English and Arabic, he currently lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas. He enjoys reading, swimming and jogging with his kids.

Ms. Barbara Kennedy

Barbara Kennedy serves as a cultural resource person for Canadian culture for Carol Archer & Associates. She has a Master's Degree in Applied Language Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She mentored under Dr. Archer in teaching Cross Cultural Communication and the Toolkit in 2000 at the University of Houston. For over 25 years, Ms. Kennedy has taught English in Canada, Japan, Brazil and in the USA at the University of Houston and Lone Star College. With Dr. Archer, she taught Culture and Leadership training utilizing the Culture Bump Approach with a reoccurring group of Japanese high school students for a month at the University of Houston. Both of Ms. Kennedy's daughters are in the Two Way Dual Language Program in Spring Branch ISD where they study in English and Spanish. Besides being active with her two girls and her mother, Ms. Kennedy is involved in running, spinning and reading.