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BaFá BaFá Multicultural Simulation Event

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Storrs Campus
BUSN 202 & 203

BaFá BaFá is an interactive and engaging simulation that gives participants the opportunity to develop deeper insights into how we come to understand the ‘other’ who is different from us. This unique workshop simulation creates a society where participants get to experience the power of culture, language, beliefs and values in a short amount of time. Over the course of this simulation, participants explore how their cultural biases affect perception, attitudes, and behavior. The active experiential nature of this exercise helps participants appreciate how their sense-making activities and ‘ways of seeing’ are culturally embedded. Through BaFá BaFá, participants will:

• Build awareness of how cultural norms and values profoundly impact what we notice, how we think, and how we behave.

• Re-evaluate their behavior and attitude toward others.

• Develop a deeper awareness about their own bias and focus on how they perceive differences.

• Examine how stereotypes are developed, barriers created, and misunderstandings magnified.

Following on overview of the simulation, participants are divided into one of two cultures, Alpha and Beta. The Alpha culture is a relationship oriented, high context, patriarchal culture. The Beta culture is a highly competitive trading culture. After the participants learn the rules of their culture they proceed to practice in separate rooms behaving in their culture according to newly learned rules and norms. Observers are then exchanged between the cultures with purpose of reporting back to their home culture colleagues who will subsequently visit the other culture. Visitors are then exchanged in small groups between Alpha and Beta. Upon their return to their home culture, visitors are asked to share their experience. This process continues until all individuals have had an opportunity to visit the foreign culture. The entire group of participants is then brought together for a large group debrief. During the debrief it becomes readily apparent that the way we make sense of the other is through the interpretive frames we possess or acquire. A lively discussion always takes place during debrief. Peter Diplock (AVP CETL) has extensive experience running this simulation over the past twenty years.

*PIzza Provided!


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