The model of workplace organization is changing. People from diverse backgrounds are working together more often, sometimes remotely or through outsourcing. Companies wishing to stay competitive in the international marketplace are looking for employees who are skilled at working with others from different cultures and speak multiple languages. The need to communicate and process different perspectives and approaches to problems is becoming an essential work skill.
Classrooms are most effective when they reflect the conditions of the outside world. Students who have the opportunity to learn in culturally diverse classrooms develop key capabilities in teamwork and negotiation. Today’s graduates are expected to travel more and to consider global problems to a much greater degree than previous generations. This can be achieved not by reading about culture in the classroom, but by direct experience with other students whose diversity helps all students develop greater social skills and collaborative problem solving.