Communicate and build relationships across difference
The capacity, sensitivity, and inclination to…
Listen empathically and mindfully
Listen openly, empathically and mindfully to the many languages people use to communicate (verbal, visual, body languages); appreciate communicative styles as expressions of identity, culture, and communities of belonging, and recognize that people’ humanity, cultural assets and complex thinking capacities are often vaster than what emerging linguistic competences can show, or how non-dominant forms of expression are often interpreted.
Express with purpose, audience and context in mind.
Use multiple languages to communicate (feelings, values, ideas, stories), express oneself (one’s identity, culture, belonging) in ways that keep purpose, audience and context in mind. Appreciate and engage in cultural and linguistic straddling, code-switching and combining languages to improve communication, and build bonding and bridging relationships within and across groups.
Appreciate and reflect on respectful and inclusive dialogue across race, nationality, gender, religion, and ethnicity
Appreciate respectful dialogue building on the desire to understand and be understood. Recognize, critically, that language can serve as a gatekeeper or a gateway for inclusion and for understanding other people’s lives, cultures, and the world. Recognize and reflect on communication and relational challenges recognizing the source of difficulties (e.g., language of exclusion, differences in communicative norms) and seeking inclusive solutions.