Intercultural Competence


Intercultural Competence

Our world is smaller and more interconnected than ever before, and college campuses are more diverse than they have ever been. As a result, becoming an engaged citizen in the twenty-first century, on campus and beyond, involves knowing one’s own story, being able to share that story with others, and being able to listen to and understand the diverse stories of the people with whom we share our communities and our world. Ask Big Questions empowers students with the tools and frameworks to do this foundational work.

"Unless we continually explore the network of complex relationships which bind us together, we will continue being the victims of various inadequate conceptions of ourselves, both as individuals and as citizens of a nation of diverse people."
Ralph Ellison
Collected Essays

Read About Our Work on Intercultural Competence

Colby College Ask Big Questions

Colby College implemented an Ask Big Questions conversation series, which led to measurable gains in students’ sense of purpose and vocation.

University of Toronto Ask Big Questions

The University of Toronto is one of Canada's leading universities, and one of the largest in North America, with over 84,000 students on three campuses.

Eboo Patel Ask Big Questions

I am a great admirer of the way Ask Big Questions helps students of all backgrounds to reflect together on questions we all share, and to build community by engaging our diversity. Ask Big Questions and IFYC share a common mission, and I am proud to call ABQ a partner.

Eboo PatelFounder and President
Interfaith Youth Core
Parker J. Palmer Ask Big Questions

Ask Big Questions is doing vital work to help American colleges and universities restore the soul of higher education. Through community conversations about Big Questions, students develop the habits of the heart that can help renew campus life and our larger civic fabric.

Parker J. PalmerFounder and Senior Partner
Center for Courage and Renewal
Sharon Daloz Parks Ask Big Questions

Our colleges and universities are essential training grounds for young adults to enter into their lives as citizens. But they often need help to do that work. Ask Big Questions is an outstanding initiative to aid colleges and universities do their transformative work.

Sharon Daloz ParksDirector
Leadership for the New Commons
listening student ask big questions

By the end of the conversation, I felt like I could carry on an interesting conversation with any of the people sitting before me. Because of that openness, we students were able to discard the 'prove the other person wrong' card. It enabled us to access a much more important skill, one with which we are losing touch: listening, with the sole intent of understanding.

University of Toronto student

Ask Big Questions helped me to learn how to listen to others both inside and outside of my communities and truly inspired me to become a deeper, more understanding, more giving and more complex person.

University of Michigan

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