What people are saying . . .

During the past two years as Director of Global and Cultural Affairs, Udo has received seminar feedback from community leaders, business professionals, teachers and students on the structure, impact and benefit on the global and cultural awareness trainings he has developed and provided.

Udo Fluck brings common-sense, practical and useful cultural education to folks who need to work with a wide variety of people. His certification seminars on fostering multicultural awareness, diversity and inclusion, have benefited the Police Department, Correctional Services employees, health care practitioners and business professionals in our city. His trainings focus on best practices for overcoming barriers to cross-cultural communication and dealing appropriately with the behavioral patterns of people from various ethnicities, living and working in a pluralistic, multicultural society. Udo has helped ensure that we are serving all citizens to the best of our ability.

-Mayor John Engen, City of Missoula

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Fluck for many years now. As an expert in intercultural awareness, he regularly provides workshops to our students and program participants on the topics of cultural adjustment, cultural integration, and intercultural competence. Participants often comment about how well Dr. Fluck can capture the experience of cultural adjustment and the emotions that go along with it; this helps them to recognize that their emotions are normal and to adjust to their new life more easily.”

-Jeanie Castillo, English Language Institute (ELI) Program Chair, University of Montana

“Dr. Fluck’s global and cultural skill-building seminars have spread across our District, including middle and high school classrooms. Over the course of the last 5 years, hundreds of Missoula County Public School (MCPS) students have participated in Dr. Fluck’s seminars. Additionally, he has developed and offered trainings for teachers at all three educational levels: elementary, middle and high school. These trainings have helped teachers enhance their knowledge and develop lessons to incorporate global education into their classrooms. Those who participated later told me how much they enjoyed the course and how they would incorporate what they learned into their classrooms.”

-David Rott, Executive Director of Human Resource, Missoula County Public Schools

“With humor, insight, and sensitivity, Udo Fluck’s seminar helped participants navigate the complex waters of ethics and cultural diversity. His inclusive approach and self-effacing leadership made a diverse audience comfortable in discussing these challenging issues. Attendees came away with a better understanding of cultural diversity, and with helpful tools to succeed and lead in an increasingly global society.”

-Susan Hay Patrick, CEO, United Way of Missoula County

“As leaders, the awareness and competence to interact with an increasingly diverse audience is critical to our success with employees, colleagues, customers, and the larger community. It is also a foundation of work that is grounded in ethics and justice. If you have a chance to attend a workshop by Dr. Udo Fluck, please do so – you will not be sorry! Instead you will be a better leader and a more ethical professional.”

-Betsy Mulligan-Dague, Executive Director, Janette Rankin Peace Center

“This could have easily been a polarizing topic. However, Udo was great at making our team feel comfortable with heavy subjects. He kept the entire room engaged and at no point did things feel slow or tiresome. I loved that the training was broken up into discussions, mini lectures, and activities that had us exploring a plethora of ideas. Our team emerged excited and eager to continue these conversations.”

-Kat Franchino, YMCA Director

“Dr. Fluck approaches cultural differences and diversity training from an organic perspective of how we as humans acquire our own cultural identity, which makes for a very positive approach to these issues. It is not about thou shall be politically correct, but instead with much humor and a common sense approach, he shows how our exposure to other cultures can lead to openness to and understanding of our differences and ultimately to multiculturalism and respect. He teaches an emphasis on appreciation and acceptance without judgment or assumptions in such a gentle way, and the simplicity of his training makes it easy to apply his lessons to real world settings.”

-Leslie McShane, YMCA Director

Dr. Fluck’s presentations allow anyone to gain a good foundational knowledge of Cultural Competency. Dr. Fluck has a vast knowledge of these topics and always uses engaging, real life examples and helpful graphics to explain the different aspects of culture. Whether you are working with a colleague in the cube across from you or Skyping a business partner around the World, understanding cultural differences are a critical part of a thriving business.”

-Jordan Partridge, Human Resources, Consumer Direct Care Network

“Having Dr. Fluck present to our 7th graders was a very worthwhile experience. Students need to be aware of cultures outside of their own, and Dr. Fluck does a nice job of presenting material in a way that students can understand, giving them more of a global perspective and an opportunity to look at others with an open mind. The content presented enhanced the learning of different ancient cultures in Social Studies, and they also learned a ton of new vocabulary! We look forward to having Dr. Udo Fluck present to our students each year.”

-Charlie Struna, Teacher, 7th Grade, Meadow Hill Middle School

“Dr. Fluck has helped teachers and students develop a common language around outside perspectives that supports rich classroom discussion and curricular connections, but as a fellow teacher, I also want to mention my appreciation and admiration for Dr. Fluck’s approach with our seventh graders. He skillfully established rapport and engaged them in the learning. On each successive day, he provided a brief review of previous concepts, promoting students’ confidence and cementing their new knowledge. In English class, students frequently refer to examples and ideas they remember from Dr. Fluck’s seminars, and in so doing, enrich our classroom discussions as well as their written assignments. Dr. Fluck’s work with seventh graders at Meadow Hill has enhanced and deepened students’ learning well beyond the actual days of his presentation. It is my hope that our school will have the opportunity to invite him to return next year to work with our students.”

-Terri Daniels, Teacher, 7th Grade, Meadow Hill Middle School

“I want to say thank you for taking the time to go to Maureen’s class and teach children about places and cultures around the world. Levi has seemingly hung on every word, telling us how you “taught about how people are different by showing the hats they wear”. Now that is creative! “

-Laurie Schlueb, mother of a student at Rattlesnake Elementary School

“Dr. Fluck is currently the acting Director of Global and Cultural Affairs here in Missoula. He brings a great deal of experience to the classroom. During his time at Meadow Hill, he dedicated himself in assuring that each 7th grade student gains a deeper perspective of how lifestyles throughout the world can vary. Under Dr. Fluck’s guidance, students spent the week experiencing a wide variety of short lectures, hands-on activities, and small group discussions. The overall theme led students through scenarios on how mannerisms in one culture can look a great deal different within a different culture. One example taught helped students understand how body language and vocal tones can vary greatly from culture to culture. Through this approach of understanding world-wide cultural differences, students gained a better understanding of how some peers may be experiencing local events within our community and school district different than from their own perspectives and experiences.”

-Donald E. Griffith, 7th Grade, Meadow Hill Middle School

The student feedback below was provided by Lisa Moser, German and French teacher at Hellgate High School, using only the initials of her students to protect their privacy:

HS: “I thought the presentation was great! I learned some useful distinctions about culture. I liked that it was interactive, not just sitting and listening. Everyone needs to know about interacting with other cultures.”

EM: “I learned how I can make interactions with exchange students more comfortable. It helped me understand there is more to a culture than meets the eye….I enjoyed the humor Dr. Fluck brought to class.”

JY: “It’s useful information, assuming people remember it. The world’s only getting more connected.”

LM: “I always thought I did OK with understanding and knowing other cultures, but I never noticed how I am really completely immersed in just my own.”

MJ: “I am glad he came in to talk about cultural awareness, even though I have thought about this topic a lot and we have talked about it in other classes. I liked how he went about teaching us and I thought it was engaging.”

LD: “I am really glad Udo took the time to come talk to us. He made me think about aspects of culture that I hadn’t considered before. I think what he presented will help me open my mind and heart to interacting with different cultures. I am especially excited to use this knowledge when immersing myself in different cultures for really the first time in my life this coming summer. I can’t wait to expand my awareness and understanding of the world and Udo’s presentation has given me a very good place to start.”

MH: “His visuals were really helpful to understand the terms and concepts he was talking about. What he was teaching us is really important for how we choose to act and behave in the future and our views towards people who are different than us.”

KH: “I found the presentation to be very eye opening. I have never listened to this presentation to completion. It showed why understanding other cultures is beneficial to world politics. It also taught us that cultures extend far more than what one sees.”

EAB: “In Dr. Fluck’s lessons on global competence, I found his personal space demonstration the most interesting. The reason for this is that Dr. Fluck demonstrates the subconscious ways that our culture affects us.”

RO: (she wrote in German- she is in her 3rd semester- Streber J) Ich habe die Vorlesung sehr interessant gefunden. Es hat sehr gut die Wichtigkeit von kulturellem Bewusstsein erklärt. Ich habe die Metaphern hilfreich gefunden. Es hat viel Klarheit gegeben.

OS: “Udo’s presentation was really interesting. I learned a lot about what culture is, and examples of culture that I had never thought about before. He also kept it pretty engaging. That kept it from getting boring.”


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