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, Jr., 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 nonprofit organizations.
Jon and Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries 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-foot 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 differabilities play in intercultural communication.