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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts
Unformatted Document Text:  Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 15 exchange program called The Kids to Kids Project. The program was implemented and the teachers and students visited the Siberian town of Novosibirsk. The friendship exchange between children from different parts of the world helped the students appreciate similarities, celebrate differences, and experience a new part of the world (McLane, 1991). As our society becomes increasingly diverse, new teaching materials with multicultural strategies must be implemented. Another program that stresses multiculturalism is named Communicating Common Ground. This program involves thirty educational sites around the nation that address hate speech and racially based violence in our nation’s schools. Benefits of a culturally diverse community are actively fostered throughout the program. One of the pilot programs, developed by Sorrells (2000), stresses intercultural communication skills, breaking stereotypes, understanding personal cultures and histories, managing conflict, and issues of empowerment. This multi-leveled program allows college students to facilitate classroom discussions and activities with high school students ( MacGregor, 2000). Programs that foster the acceptance and importance of diversity allow for the approval of intercultural relationships and breaks commonly held anti-intercultural relationship beliefs. Colleges around the nation have developed classes and workshops in intercultural communication. Kasai Community College in Hawaii has developed an interactive program which has been known to result in increased intercultural friendships and an appreciation for cultural differences (Coller & Summers, 1981). Their existing format is as follows:

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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 15
exchange program called The Kids to Kids Project. The program was implemented and
the teachers and students visited the Siberian town of Novosibirsk. The friendship
exchange between children from different parts of the world helped the students
appreciate similarities, celebrate differences, and experience a new part of the world
(McLane, 1991). As our society becomes increasingly diverse, new teaching materials
with multicultural strategies must be implemented.
Another program that stresses multiculturalism is named Communicating
Common Ground. This program involves thirty educational sites around the nation that
address hate speech and racially based violence in our nation’s schools. Benefits of a
culturally diverse community are actively fostered throughout the program. One of the
pilot programs, developed by Sorrells (2000), stresses intercultural communication skills,
breaking stereotypes, understanding personal cultures and histories, managing conflict,
and issues of empowerment. This multi-leveled program allows college students to
facilitate classroom discussions and activities with high school students
(
MacGregor,
2000). Programs that foster the acceptance and importance of diversity allow for the
approval of intercultural relationships and breaks commonly held anti-intercultural
relationship beliefs.
Colleges around the nation have developed classes and workshops in intercultural
communication. Kasai Community College in Hawaii has developed an interactive
program which has been known to result in increased intercultural friendships and an
appreciation for cultural differences (Coller & Summers, 1981). Their existing format is
as follows:


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