Building Our Global Community

The Building Our Global Community certificate program creates an opportunity for University of Iowa faculty and staff to learn about the experiences of international students and scholars, and methods they can use to foster skills for working with and awareness of our increasingly intercultural campus community. To earn a Building Our Global Community certificate, participants must register for and attend the Introduction to Building Our Global Community core course and at least four elective courses. All courses taken for the program are free of charge and fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants in Building Our Global Community will learn:

  • skills to recognize their own culture and how their cultural lens influences their interactions
  • techniques for assisting international students and scholars with the cultural adjustment process
  • strategies for interacting and supporting international students and scholars
  • how to navigate cross-cultural conflicts and their preferred conflict style
  • F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations followed by international students and scholars 

2017-2018 Schedule 


Building Our Global Community is a collaboration between International Programs and UI Learning & Development, along with the contributions of many of our campus thought leaders. Sessions are offered on a rotating basis each academic year. UI faculty and staff can sign up online through Employee Self-Service under the “Personal” tab in My Training; search for courses listed with BGC in the course title.

Register Here

Register early. Space is limited. A waitlist is available for courses with full enrollment. Participants are asked to cancel their registration for any sessions they are not able to attend by visiting Employee Self-Service.

Participants may take courses individually, without working toward a certificate. Successful fulfillment of the Building Our Global Community certificate requires completion of the Introduction to Building Our Global core course and four elective courses. All courses taken for the program are free of charge to participants.

Individuals who complete the Building Our Global Community certificate program will receive a certificate, obtain a placard for their office, and be recognized on the International Programs website.


Contact Brandon Paulson with questions about the Building Our Global Community certificate program by email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu or phone (319) 335-0335.

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.