Friday, October 26, 2012

Three Denver Law Environmental & Natural Resources Law Colleagues Meet in Papua New Guinea

Left to right Cecilia Dalupan,
Jeklin Talonu, and Kristy Disney in
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 

Recently, three individuals associated with Denver Law's Environmental & Natural Resources Program met in Papua New Guinea. 

Cecilia Dalupan and Kristi Disney, of the Sustainable Development Strategies Group, met with Jeklin Talonu, Deputy State Solicitor in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Ms. Dalupan is an Adjunct Professor at Denver Law where she teaches in the Sustainable Natural Resources Development Series of courses. Ms. Disney is a 2011 JD and LLM graduate of Denver Law.  Ms. Talonu is a 2008 LLM graduate of Denver Law.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

First-Time Offfering of Intercultural Competence Workshop

This year marked the first year that the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program offered a workshop on Intercultural Competence.
All incoming international and master's degree students take an American Legal Systems class to help them prepare for the upper-level law school classes they are about to take. This is the first semester that the course included two lunch hour workshops discussing how to adapt to new and different cultures.

Communication today is characterized by an increasing amount of contacts between people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The ENRGP 2012 class represents over a dozen countries, from Indonesia to Chile. Intercultural communication is on the rise in the classroom as well as in the business sphere.
Today's students must be adept at intercultural communication if they wish to be successful in their work. This is especially true for many of our environmental and natural resource students who will go on to work  internationally. Communication between these actors should be as constructive and precise as possible.

These workshops were taught by our very own Lucy Daberkow, (pictured above) Associate Administrative Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, who is an expert in intercultural communication, applied linguistics, and English as a second language. She was able to engage the students through her ability to relate to the international students' experiences of adapting to life in the US. She focused her discussions on identifying levels of intercultural communication and awareness, and then outlining cultural backgrounds and motivations for differences. The workshops concluded with a discussion on how best to bridge these intercultural differences.

The lunch seminars were lighthearted and engaging. The students enjoyed the opportunity to openly discuss their cultures. They also bonded over the similar barriers they were experiencing to adapting to life in the US. The discussion of gender roles proved to be one of the most interesting for the group.

It is our hope that we can continue to offer intercultural communication seminars to our students, both  international and domestic. Our students should receive every advantage as they complete our program and we are proud to say that intercultural communication is a skill we value and would like to share.

Angelica Oman
Graduate Program Assistant