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Final Project
Cultural and Global Engagement - 100 points


Introduction:

As the workforce is becoming more diverse and globalism, it is important to become knowledgeable and savvy in the way we should be doing business, especial in the international business and cultural diverse environments. Lack of knowledge and training in cultural competency skills may be detrimental in your business dealings in today's diverse business environment.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes at Mesa Community College (MCC) has endorsed this project to help you become successful learners at MCC. "Our goal at MCC is to excel in teaching and learning. We are here to empower individuals to succeed in their local and global community. As part of this commitment, Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) have been created with the goal of embedding educational experiences in all MCC courses." ( ISLOs, 2015)

ISLOs are skills and knowledge you attain through courses and life experiences. You who complete a degree, program or certificate will know they leave MCC with these skills or knowledge. MCC’s ISLOs are known as MCC’s 4Cs. They are Critical Thinking, Communication, Civic Engagement, and Cultural and Global Engagement. The area that we will focus for this course this semester is Cultural and Global Engagement.

In this project, you will learn about diversity and global engagements, and how they affect the workplace, especially in team work and collaborations among diverse groups of employees. In addition, you will learn what type of skills needed to be successful in a diverse and global business environment. You will also have an opportunity to research and apply what they learn from this project.

This final project will be about your knowledge and awareness of cultural and global engagements, whether it is from the United States or from another country, or maybe inherited from your parents or grandparents. Specifically, how does cultural diversity affect today's workforce? You will also conduct research on another culture that is different from your own, and share your learning experience of the other culture, and how it would affect your view on cultural diversity at your workplace.


Instruction:

You will write a research essay on cultural and global diversities that are geared toward business environment (workplace) based on your life experience and also on your research. Your essay must be at least 5 pages long, doubled-spaced, in correct essay format, and with correct and proper cited references page in APA or MLA format. You can also include a cover page but it is not required.

Be sure to review Writing Resources for Students to make sure that your essay meets all required standards. Your essay must include complete explanations and reflections on the following questions:

PART I: Learning about your own culture: 40 points

  1. Conduct research about your family culture and share at least two discoveries and two positive items that make you proud of your culture. Also, what one negative thing you have learned from this experience that you would like to change and why?

  2. Explain your family culture and customs as you see it and share the unique customs, traditions, and values that you inherited from your family. Be detailed and specific on your explanation.

  3. Provide your thoughts and reflections of your family culture and how it affects you in your interaction with others, especially at your workplace or school.

PART II: Learning about other cultures (40 points)
  1. Select ONE other cultural system that you are interested in but have little knowledge. Describe and identify this culture and specific items that you are interested in. Be sure these items are related to cultural diversity at your workplace or in your classroom.

  2. How your findings affect your thoughts on global work forces that shape the culture and subculture or your community, especially in the workplace.

  3. Provide your prediction on how the workforce will change 5 or 10 years from now, and how you can be prepared or proactive to be successful in the future work environment.

PART III: Conclusion (20 points) In your conclusion section, be sure to summarize what specific ideas and knowledge you have gained or discovered from your research, including your answers to the following questions:
  1. Share at least two new discoveries and two misconceptions that you have learned from working on this project. What is your rating of your own cultural competency? Be sure to explain your reasons for the rating.

  2. End your conclusion with one applicable practice that you can immediately use to improve your human relations or interaction skills, especially in the workplace.

  3. Your references must include at least 3 official cited and reliable sources in proper APA or MLA format. Wikipedia is NOT considered a reliable source.

A writing rubric will be used to grade your writing assignment. It is strongly recommended that you use grammar and spell check tools to proofread your writing. Save this Word document as yourlastname_project.doc or .docx or .rtf.

Submit this document into the appropriate drop-box for grading. Here is an example of an acceptable document and with a passing grade of 75%. This is just an example, your writing must be more comprehensive and all questions must be answered for all three parts. However, the example provides an idea of what should be covered in your project.


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