FSDP: Global Competence Certificate Program

At the University of Pittsburgh, we are all members of a global community, and our role is to integrate local and transnational perspectives that advance new knowledge and ground-breaking innovation while fostering cultural awareness, worldwide partnerships, and life-changing research. The Global Competence Certificate Program offers faculty and staff the opportunity to build awareness and understanding of diverse cultures, while learning about University policies and resources that support our strategic goal of embracing the world. Interactive sessions will help participants define global competence, identify their own cultural values, analyze how those values impact our working and learning environments, self-assess global competence skills and discover areas of growth. Participants will engage with colleagues and experts in simulations, activities and dialogue to share best practices, identify on-campus resources and opportunities, and learn how to further their unit’s global engagement efforts.

This program requires completion of two required sessions, four elective sessions, and participation in a Capstone Conversation facilitated by a member of the Global Engagement team at the University Center for International Studies. Workshops are offered on a rotating basis each fall and spring through the Faculty & Staff Development Program (FSDP). Participants can choose any session listed in Electives Track 1 or 2 or complete all four elective sessions within Electives Track 1 (Cross-Cultural Module) or Electives Track 2 (Operating in an International Context) to have that specialty noted on their certificate of completion. Participants should report completion of all required courses using the Global Competence Completion Form and submit related questions to globalcompetence@pitt.edu.

The Global Competence Certificate Program consists of the following workshops:

Two required sessions:

  • Embracing the World at Pitt
  • Intercultural Competency

Choose four elective sessions (participants can choose from Tracks 1 and 2):

Electives Track 1: Cross-Cultural Module

  • Understanding East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan)
  • Understanding South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh)
  • Understanding the Middle East
  • Understanding Africa
  • Understanding Eastern Europe, Russia & Eurasia
  • Understanding Western Europe
  • Understanding Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity & the IDI Assessment Tool
  • Cross-Cultural Simulation

Electives Track 2: Operating in an International Context

  • Global Operations: Planning Considerations for International Engagement
  • Strategies and Resources for International Travel
  • Creating a Successful Study Abroad Program
  • Hosting Academic Visitors and International Delegations
  • International Partnership Agreements
  • Working with International Students
  • Working with International Scholars & Employees

Embracing the World at Pitt

Presenters: Belkys Torres, Executive Director of Global Engagement
Ian McLaughlin, Global Operations Support Manager
   University Center for International Studies

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Why is Pitt committed to Embracing the World? What are the roles of the University Center for International Studies, Office of International Services, Global Operations and Study Abroad? How can we learn about the different cultures represented on campus and the resources available to help you and your unit advance the goal of taking Pitt to the world and bringing the world to Pitt? This interactive session will address these and other questions about welcoming and supporting international populations on campus and abroad.

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Strategies and Resources for International Travel

Presenters: Ian McLaughlin, Global Operations Support Manager
Jeff Whitehead, Director, Study Abroad Office
   University Center for International Studies

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

As pandemic restrictions gradually lift, and permissible travel begins to resume across the University in the coming months, this session will look at international travel related to both University business and academic programs/reasons. Clarification will be provided on existing pre-pandemic guidelines, current Covid related travel guidelines, and how to navigate the two. In addition, information on resources and benefits available (insurance, passports, visas, travel tips, technology) for those traveling on official University related trips will be provided. Whether you are arranging travel on someone else’s behalf, leaving the US for the first time, or a seasoned frequent flyer, this session will offer valuable advice towards using University and other free resources for safer, healthier, and more successful time abroad.  

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Intercultural Competency

Presenters: Delo Blough, Director
Katherine Von Lehman, Associate Director of Outreach and Assessment
   Office of Internaitonal Services

Date 1: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1–3:00 p.m.
Date 2: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9–11:00 a.m.
Date 3:Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1–3:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Working and providing services in a diverse environment requires a knowledge and understanding of cultural differences, values, and behaviors. This fun, yet informative, session will help participants gain understanding to enhance the quality of their interactions with international and diverse students, faculty, and staff at the University and elsewhere.

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Understanding Korea

Presenter: Seung-hwan Shin, Visiting Lecturer of Korean Studies; Film and Media Studies
   Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, University Center for International Studies

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Learn about the history, politics, language and culture of Korea. Dr. Shin from the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will share best practices for supporting students, scholars, community members and visitors from this part of the world. 

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(New) Understanding Russia

Presenter: Dr. Sean Guillory 
   Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 
   Curator, Sean's Russia Blog and Podcast

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Learn about the history, politics, language and culture of Russia. Experts from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) will share best practices for supporting students, scholars, community members and visitors from Russia.

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Global Competence Certificate Capstone Session

Presenter: Belkys Torres, Executive Director of Global Engagement
   University Center for International Studies

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

For those who have completed the session requirements mentioned above; the last step to finish the program and receive your certificate is participation in a capstone session which is an informal review of lessons learned and how it can be applied to your job duties and responsibilities.  

Please Note: You cannot register via the FSDP portal for this session. Upon meeting the certificate session requirements, please submit the Global Competence Completion Form or the PDF version for review and verification. Upon verification of completion, you will be enrolled in this Capstone session. If you have questions or need further information, please contact globalcompetence@pitt.edu.