Jon DeVries, Jr.
Intercultural Trainer and ConsultantRole: Session Presenter Session: Communication Styles as a Window to Deeper Intercultural Effectiveness: Experiential Workshop to Energize, Expand Skills, and Navigate the Future (SEM-E)
Jon DeVries is an intercultural trainer and consultant specializing in Intercultural Competence Development, Leadership Development, Team Building and Training Design with a background in Experiential Education and Adult Learning Theories. Jon held positions at the University of Minnesota, including Short-Term and Custom Programs Director in the International Student and Scholar Services Office. He has worked with large and small businesses, K-12 and higher education institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Basma and Jon enjoy leading student travel and service-learning groups abroad and were faculty members and Intercultural Learning Circle Coordinators aboard the inaugural semester-long voyage of The Scholar Ship. They had many opportunities to practice communication styles strategies and significantly enhanced their own intercultural competence while living together in a 12’ by 9’ cabin for four months at sea, while facilitating the intercultural competence development of student, staff and faculty from over 50 countries. They are also founders and board members of SIETAR-Minnesota. They have recently expanded their work with deeper examination of the role differ-abilities play in intercultural communication.