Extension educators need intercultural competence to communicate with international audiences and facilitate dialogue in diverse domestic communities. Although many Extension professionals have traveled abroad, experience abroad does not necessarily lead to intercultural competence without intentional intercultural development support. We describe a novel program designed to develop Extension educators' intercultural competence by involving them as mentors in an undergraduate agriculture study abroad program. Statements by the participating educators support increased ability to recognize and adapt to multiple frameworks, increased self-reflection, and enriched interactions and programming for their diverse communities.
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Erickson, M., Grant, J., & Karcher, E. L. (2020). Structured Support Advances Extension Educator Intercultural Development During a Short-Term Study Abroad Experience. The Journal of Extension, 58(4), Article 12. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.04.12