Cultural Intelligence: Crossing Boundaries Across Communities

Date and time
Monday, 3 June 2024
09.00 - 16.00

University of Derby,
Kedleston Road,
DE22 1GB,
United Kingdom

This year’s annual Inclusion Conference is focused on Cultural Intelligence (CQ). We will explore how we use cultural intelligence to cross boundaries and engage with communities. We will discover how cultural intelligence enables us to interact in unfamiliar settings with confidence and assurance, recognising cultural differences and adapting. 

At the same time, we will be considering how changes to the way that we communicate may provoke or challenge perceptions of CQ. The ubiquity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the often-perceived conflict of interest between inclusion and freedom of speech are a few of the topics covered. 

The conference will be opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell, CBE, DL followed by the morning’s Keynote, delivered by Teresa Peltier, former High Sherif, who will talk about two projects in particular, her engagement with interracial foster care and her ongoing work with the culturally deaf community. 

A panel will follow, who will talk about their community projects. Associate Professor Rhiannon Jones will talk about the way that the Social Higher Education Depot (S.H.E.D) space brings communities together and builds CQ. Tracy Harrison from Safe and Sound will discuss working with vulnerable groups of young people. 

A CQ workshop on religion will be delivered by the Chaplaincy.

The afternoon opens with a Keynote delivered by Ben Veasey, University Librarian, who will discuss how we manage the flow of information in a change culture. A panel discussion will follow which looks at the intersection of freedom of speech (James Fussell), AI (Oliver Davy) and Inclusion (Dr Jo Bishton), followed by Q&A. 

An awareness workshop on neurodiversity will be delivered by Melanie Francis, Director of Neurodiversity at Work Do-IT Solutions LTD

The day rounds off with a spotlight on the relationship between CQ and workplace psychological safety delivered by Mark Hamilton, Director of Talent, Culture, and Inclusion before closing comments delivered by PVC. Dean Professor Kamil Omoteso

Students at the annual University robot competition.

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