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Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity is a semester-long leadership training program designed to increase intercultural awareness and skills, while enhancing understanding and connection through diversity. Focus is on increasing self-awareness while building intercultural leadership skills.

The program brings together undergraduate and graduate/professional domestic 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 leadership training.

Participants work in small multicultural groups to plan the Bridge Open Forum - an intercultural program planned and facilitated by the participants to inform the campus community about intercultural issues.

Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity has no costs and the program does not offer course credit for participating in it. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate and be recognized on the International Programs website.

How to Apply

Applications will open again in fall 2022.  Check back then!

Participants in Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity will:

  • Explore personal cultural background and understand how it effects your interaction with others.
  • Demonstrate understanding of culture and how to navigate differences and cross-cultural conflicts.
  • Explain dimensions of diversity, power and privilege, and why it is important to be a change agent.
  • Experience building effective cross-cultural relationships and working in a multicultural group-setting.
  • Facilitate a program to engage the campus community on diversity issues and raise awareness of these issues.

Participant Benefits

  • Intercultural training that will be applicable to your role as a student leader, as well as, your future career in the diverse workforce of the 21st century.
  • A Certificate verifying your involvement and achievements from this program. Successful participants will also receive letters of recommendation upon request.
  • Group size is limited in order to ensure opportunities for in-depth discussions. You may expect to learn more about your own culture(s) and the cultures of others in the group. This will take place on a personal level as you interact with other participants and on a more academic level as you learn about Milton Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and its application.
  • A mentor (former Bridge participant) will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your experiences.
  • To have your ideas about global and domestic diversity challenged in a supportive environment.
  • Opportunities to make new friends.

Participant Expectations

  • Complete an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) profile, which is short inventory provided by the program (requires only 15-20 minutes to complete).
  • Assist with planning, implementing, and/or the evaluation of a 90 minute Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity Open Forum.
  • Complete brief evaluations regarding the quality, efficacy, and usefulness of the program and make recommendations for improvements in the program.
  • Be reliable and dependable with regard to following through on commitments.
  • Be willing to take part in respectful and in-depth discussions regarding a wide variety of diversity issues.
  • Be willing to challenge yourself and others in a respectful way.
  • To be assertive in proactively communicating with Bridge staff and peers any learning, academic, or non-academic concerns you have that might impact your learning experience in the program.
  • To submit a final evaluation upon completion of your participation in the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program.

Spring 2021

Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program will be online via Zoom and ICON in the Spring 2021 semester. Sessions are scheduled for Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. each week.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Paulson by email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu.

Date Topics Student Leadership Competencies Assignments Instructors
January 28

Welcome and Program Overview

  • Icebreakers
  • Community Agreement
  • Student Leadership Competencies
  • Introduction to Open Forum
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  • Productive Relationships
  • Read: Bridge Program Syllabus
  • Watch: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
Brandon Paulson
February 4

Making It Real

  • Where I Am From Poem
  • If I Had to Choose Activity
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Read: The Complexity of Identity
  • Read: Where I Am From Poem
  • Write: Where I Am From Poem
Brandon Paulson
February 11

Cultural Intersections

  • Defining Culture
  • Open Forum Topics Ranking
  • Analysis
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Read: The Values Orientations Method
Rudia W. Kihura and Taivna Mills
February 18

Open Forum Preparation

  • Conduct Team Brainstorm
  • Identify and Assign Group Roles
  • Campus Diversity Dialogues
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  • Read: Bridge Program Open Forum Overview
  • Read: Bridge Program Open Forum Resources
  • Complete: Intercultural Development Inventory
Brandon Paulson
February 25

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Intercultural Development Plan
  • Goals
  • Group Development
  • Self-Development
  • Complete: Intercultural Development Plan Steps 1, 2, & 4
  • Bring: Copy of IDI Individual Profile Report
Pauline Beazer James, Shuhui Lin, and Brandon Paulson
March 4

Power, Privilege, and Oppression - Part 1

  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Verbal Communication
Valerie Garr
March 11 Power, Privilege, and Oppression - Part 2
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Verbal Communication
Valerie Garr
March 18

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

  • Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Read: Solving Problems and Resolving Conflict Using the Intercultural Conflict Styles
  • Complete: Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory
Pauline Beazer James, Shuhui Lin, and Rudia W. Kihura
March 25

Open Forum Preparation

  • Presentation Preparation
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
Brandon Paulson
April 1

Global Leadership

  • Leadership Barometer
  • Spaghetti Tower Activity
  • GLOBE Leadership Styles
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
Matt Augeri
April 8

Open Forum Preparation

  • Presentation Preparation and Practice
    • Analysis
    • Collaboration
    • Diversity
    • Group Development
    Brandon Paulson
    April 15

    Open Forum

    • Collaboration
    • Verbal Communication
    • Writing
    Bridge Participants
    April 22

    Reflection and Synthesis

    • Analysis
    • Goals
    • Self-Development
    • Open Forum Presentation
    Yashwant Prakash Vyas
    April 29

    Application and Practice

    • Analysis
    • Goals
    • Self-Development
    Yashwant Prakash Vyas
    May 6

    Program Celebration

    • Award Certificates
    • Celebration
    • Participant Recognition
    • Group Development
    • Productive Relationships
    Brandon Paulson

    Program Instructors:

    • Matt Augeri, Director, Career Leadership Academy, Pomerantz Career Center
    • Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
    • Valerie Garr, Diversity Coordinator, College of Nursing
    • Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
    • Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement
    • Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, International Student and Scholar Services
    • Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services
    • Yashwant Prakash Vyas, Assistant Director, Diversity Resources, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    A very special thanks to our program instructors for their willingness to share their expertise and knowledge with our participants.

    BGC participant talks about what he gained from the program

    Farzad Salamifar
    "Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity is an excellently-designed program with great instructors! It has a lot to offer both to undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to learn valuable intercultural skills which will help them have a deeper understanding of cultural diversity. The program also provides the participants with concrete tools to navigate cultural conflicts in their future careers."
    Farzad Salamizar

    UI Accessibility Statement
    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brandon Paulson in advance at (319) 335-0335.

    UI Non-Discrimination Statement
    The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, education programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information contact the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), (319) 335-0705.

    Contacts

    Program Contact
    Contact Brandon Paulson with questions about the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity certificate program by email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu or phone (319) 335-0335.

    Be Better at Iowa
    As part of the Be Better at Iowa Initiative, this program integrates Dr. Corey Seemiller’s Student Leadership Competencies (SLCs) into educationally purposeful experiences to support student success. More information can be found at https://bebetter.uiowa.edu/