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 are expected to track their own progress using the Completion and Tracking Form and report completion of required courses to ucis@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


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

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

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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Presenter: Richard Sherman, Immigration Specialist
   Office of International Services
Sarah Wagner, Director
   Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership

Date 1: Friday, October 25, 2019
Date 2: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

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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Presenters: Brice Lynn, Assistant Director of Operations, Pitt Abroad
Ian McLaughlin, Global Operations Support Manager
   University Center for International Studies

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

More and more faculty and staff are engaging in international work-related travel. The University has many resources to help prepare and plan for this travel, as well as support services to ensure all goes well during time abroad. This session will cover pre-travel preparation (including medical, legal, documentation, and technology), strategies for remaining healthy and safe while abroad, and who to contact within the University for advice and assistance should something go wrong. 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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Presenter: James Cook, Associate Director
   Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Learn about the history, politics, language and culture of China. Discover how China’s engagement at Pitt and in Pittsburgh has shaped our commitment to embracing the world. Experts from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) will share best practices for supporting students, scholars, community members and visitors from this part of the world.

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