Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity

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Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity is a 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 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, work in small multi-cultural groups to 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.

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.

    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. 

    Apply here starting in September 2018 to participate in the program in Spring 2019. 

    Contact Brandon Paulson with questions about the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity certificate program by email 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.

    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 Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705.

    Alumni Spotlight: Lilian Sanchez

    University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) Vice President Lilian Sanchez sources her Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity experience during her first year at Iowa as an influence on the prominent theme of inclusivity in the Bridge UI platform. Read more about Lilian.