In my view, diversity awareness and appreciation is the central theme in higher education, in the workplace and in our society. Diversity literacy is essential to being a whole human and, in my opinion, includes individual and group/social differences. Diversity programs, their content and approach, should be comprehensive, proactive, intentional and ongoing.
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I have never worked with a better colleague and partner than Udo.
"No person in the State of Montana has done more to increase global awareness on the part of our high school and primary level students than Udo Fluck. In 2015, for example, Dr. Fluck’s cross-cultural and global competence seminars have expanded five-fold in just two years! During more than 45 years of previous diplomatic and now community service, I have never worked with a better colleague and partner than Udo. "
Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.), United States Ambassador to Senegal and Deputy Inspector General of the State Department
Udo’s ability to convey his subject matter and expertise is second to none.
"In my extensive experience, there are few individuals that bring the dedication, passion, intellect, and ability to communicate the subject matter as well as Udo Fluck. I have worked directly with Udo on several collaborations, involving the Council and the University of Montana, and have been present at numerous conferences where Udo presented. I am personally aware of the many discussions with our students and schools throughout the state of Montana and have spoken to both, students and teachers, on the impact of Udo’s presentations. Udo’s ability to convey his subject matter and expertise is second to none. When it comes to helping people understand cultural awareness, there is nobody better! "
Robert Seidenschwarz, President, Montana World Affairs Council
Dr. Fluck is a recognized capacity in the field of multicultural and diversity education
"Dr. Fluck is a recognized capacity in the field of multicultural and diversity education and I am not just repeating conference introductions of him, I have observed this to be true, first-hand, when I attended the 2015 Global Competence Summer Academy, he developed and led. "
Daniel Bognar, Undersecretary for Education, Ministry of Education, State of Hessen, Germany
Dr. Udo Fluck’s leadership ... is more than just unparalleled
"Dr. Udo Fluck’s leadership in fostering an environment which recognizes the importance of multicultural understanding and respect is more than just unparalleled, it embodies a critically needed component of our national psyche in successfully meeting the challenges of our increasingly interconnected world. "
Major General U.S. Air Force Donald Loranger (ret.), Director, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, Specialist in US National Security Policy
The program Dr. Fluck has pioneered at UM would be an invaluable addition
"As an executive of a large, multi-national business, I am keenly aware of the direct link between multicultural competence and business success. The program Dr. Fluck has pioneered at UM would be an invaluable addition to the curriculum of any aspiring business professional. "
Christopher Warden, Vice President, Washington Corporations, Company Headquarters, Missoula, Montana
Over the past three years, nearly 60 teachers have participated in your training
"We continue to be well served by classroom teachers who have developed the capacity to address multicultural and global issues because of Dr. Fluck’s efforts. Over the past three years, nearly 60 teachers have participated in your training and are now seeking opportunities to embed multicultural content into their classroom instruction. "
Mark Thane, Superintendent, Missoula County Public Schools
Udo Fluck brings common-sense, practical and useful cultural education
"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, Montana
Received over 10 distinguished awards during the past decade:
Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs, University of Montana
(nominee) Montana World Affairs Council, Missoula, Montana
(nominee) Graduate School, Missoula, Montana
Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs, Missoula, Montana
Office of Foreign Student and Scholar Services / International Student Association
Diversity Advisory Council
University of Montana
2013 - 2016
Managed an innovative service portal in multicultural and diversity education and provided training opportunities for faculty, students and staff. Provided leadership and vision for curricular and co-curricular initiatives. Participated in events and activities that supported gender, racial and ethnic diversity, including UM’s Diversity Day. Developed and executed a variety of social and cultural programming that fostered diversity understanding and appreciation. Planned and promoted events that stimulated student success and retention. Collaborated with a variety of academic departments to ensure diversity content and perspectives were infused in existing curricula. Continued to advise and mentor students of underrepresented groups and participated in international and Native American student orientation. Developed multicultural and diversity outreach events that would take diversity awareness and inclusion to the community. Community seminars and evening presentations were launched. Hosted monthly foreign film series in the community.
2004 - 2013
My doctoral research served as the foundation for the development of MLS. In 2004, designed and taught seminars and trainings for students at the University of Montana. First seminars focused on assisting culturally diverse students, particularly international and Native American students, with their integration at the University of Montana. Those seminars were offered during student orientation week. In 2005, first cultural competence and cross cultural management courses were added to the general student population. Courses were available year-round in several academic departments. Due to strong student enrollment additional course topics were introduced. MLS seminars on culture shock and cultural integration were offered to UM students preparing to study abroad. Trainings for faculty and staff on diversity were developed to foster inclusive excellence. Reoccurring employee seminars on diversity and integration were offered for offices across campus. Advising and mentoring of students, particularly students of underrepresented groups, were added to MLS services.
Multicultural Education and Online Technology
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 2003
Dissertation: Development of an Online Supplement to Reduce Ethnocentrism
Instructional Media Technology
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 1999
International Media Management
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 1995
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 1993
Martin Niemoeller High School, Wiesbaden, Germany 1989
Maintain a nationally-recognized research program. Research results in pedagogy and curriculum development have been published, as first author and in collaboration with others, in peer-reviewed academic journals during the past decade, including the Journal of Global Business, Journal of Teaching in International Business, and Journal of International Business Education.
Invited first author for a chapter in nationwide publication titled: International Students Strengthening a Critical Resource. Published in 2009 and endorsed by the American Council on Education and part of the American Council on Education Series on Higher Education.
Invited and plenary speaker at over 15 conferences in the past decade, including: Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), 2015, Montana Education Association and the Montana Federation of Teachers (2014 & 2015), Montana Business Education Association (2014), COMPASS Conference (2012), Global Conference on Education (2011), to name but a few.
Connecting the local community to multicultural programing and diversity perspectives through a variety of presentations, workshops and activities for:
Strong collaborative, result-oriented leadership and deep commitment to advancing strategic and tactical projects, related to diversity and inclusion in higher education settings, as:
Gathering of information on existing programs, services and institutional practices is essential to determine, if diversity programming and services are effective and efficient. During the past decade, I developed surveys and conducted needs assessments to identify current conditions and desired directions, in regard to diversity training content and participant learning, utilizing the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Intercultural Knowledge and Competence and the Civic Engagement VALUE Rubrics. I also collected enrollment, student performance and learner satisfaction data to track and assess initiatives’ effectiveness and to allow for continuous program improvement.