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About

International Community is one of LCC’s distinctives. You will share life with students from around the world in the classroom, in the kitchen, in the residence halls and through activities on campus. You will gain clarity about your own cultural understanding and gain an understanding of how to interact in an increasingly diverse and multicultural world. LCC students are prepared to enter the workforce with the interpersonal skills to thrive in a global workplace.

49 Countries

6 Continents

Many Cultural Days

learning goals

Respect and Understanding for Own Culture

become more aware of the distinctive characteristics of your own culture, develop healthy cultural pride, and gain a better understanding of your national identity.

Respect and Understanding of Other Cultures

become more aware of the distinctive characteristics of other cultures and will be able to respect and celebrate other cultures as well as confront stereotypes and prejudice.

Develop Intercultural Communication Skills

practice sharing their ideas and listening to others who come from different perspectives as well as learn positive ways to dialogue and practice being genuinely interested in each other.

Practice Conflict Transformation

seek reconciliation between cultures, build relationships with those who are outside of your own culture, and contribute to the greater LCC Community.

Vision Statement

The Intercultural Program seeks to build bridges between cultures and foster a welcoming atmosphere for all students at LCC. It recognizes that the students, staff and faculty of LCC represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and encourages each community member to develop a greater awareness of, and appreciation or tolerance for, their own and other cultures. It seeks to include all members of the LCC community in the international learning experience. Distinct from a multi-cultural program, it seeks to promote intentional learning and relationships between distinct cultures, not merely recognition of the existence of different cultures. It desires to do this creatively!

What we do

Every student has the opportunity to share their culture with the greater LCC community through “Cultural Day” celebrations. Students lead their peers in a presentation about their country’s history, traditions, national dances, music and, of course, food.

Whether it is showcasing your country’s culture through art, performances, or games, we find ways to create community that honors the multicultural environment LCC represents. In the past this has been Parade of Stars, Olympics, Unity in Diversity, Food Sampling, and Christmas Cards. We are always open to student ideas as well!

The Intercultural department will feature films that highlight culturally relevant topics. During “Reel Talk” we will watch a movie (“reel”) and then have a conversation about the themes and meanings of these films (“real talk”).

LCC is committed to representing every student on campus by giving them an opportunity to fly their flag in front of DeFehr at some time during the year.

Join us on an intercultural trip--every year we explore a different city in the region. Also, the location of Lithuania makes it an easy place to explore other places in Europe with your friends.

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Want to be an Intercultural Education leader?

Apply to be a student leader during the Spring semester! Student leaders are hired for the following academic year. For specific questions, visit Leadership development program webpage or reach out to Student Life Vice President Margarita Pavlovic at mpavlovic@lcc.lt.

Harassment based on Discrimination

If you witness or receive any threats, hatred, harassment, or discrimination, you should report such an instance. Overall LCC is a welcoming atmosphere where many different countries live together in harmony, even with differences. It is our value as an international university to continue to keep LCC a safe learning environment for everyone.

Harassment is an act of unwanted conduct that is aimed at offending or is offending a person’s dignity on the basis of sex, race, nationality, citizenship, language, origin, social status, religion, faith or beliefs, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, and aims to create or creates a frightening, hostile, humiliating or offensive environment. Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to, epithets, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, derogatory, or hostile denigrating jokes; written or graphic material that degrades or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.

Bystander intervention

Bystander intervention is a strategy provides community members with the awareness, skills, and ability to challenge social norms in their community that support discrimination and harassment.

Step 1

Notice when someone is crossing a line

Step 2

Interpret it as a problem

Step 3

See yourself as part of the solution

Step 4

Intervene: tell another person or stop the action or ask the person if they are ok

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Report

Please report to your RAs/RDs or Associate Dean of Students Jake Jensen if you think the policy might have been violated.

“celebrating culture and community”

JoAnn leads a team of student leaders responsible for cultural programming at LCC. Intercultural programming includes creative ways to celebrate culture and community.

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JoAnn Klandrud
Intercultural Education Coordinator

Intercultural Leaders

  • Hogai Stanikzai - Afghanistan
  • Ersa Jahja - Albania
  • Jana Ozolina - Latvia
  • Ann Chubatiuk - Ukraine
  • Paolo Fetahu - Albania

Resources

Increase your awareness of cultures by using the “country compare” resource