Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity

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Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity is a diversity and leadership training program designed to educate students to adapt to cultural differences. It enhances understanding and connecting through diversity by acceptance and genuine appreciation.

The program fosters student intercultural initiatives by bringing together underrepresented domestic groups (African Americans, Asian Americans, Latina/o Americans, Native Americans, and Allies) and international students at the University of Iowa. Students selected to participate in the Bridge program will be one of approximately 25 UI students identified to receive intercultural and diversity training, actively plan the Bridge Open Forum - an intercultural program planned and facilitated by the participants to educate the campus community about intercultural issues, and receive mentoring from Bridge alumni of the program.

Previous Bridge participants have said:

  • “I feel confident working in cross-cultural settings after participating in the Bridge program.”
  • “The training helped me understand ways to talk to people about diversity/difference and meet them at an appropriate starting point.”  
  • “I learned to begin to accept myself and to not be ashamed of my cultural background.”

Take a look at this video from our 2014 Bridge program!

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University of Iowa also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705 [voice] and (319) 335-0697 [text], 202 Jessup Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316.

Spring 2015 Schedule

All 13 sessions are on Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:30 pm, in 1117 UCC. 

Apply in Fall 2015 for Spring 2016! 

The application for the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program in Spring 2016 will be available in Fall 2015. 


Questions about the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program? Please contact Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, by email or phone (319) 335-0335.