The University of Iowa

BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:30am to 11:30am
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 10:30am to 11:30am

International Programs is pleased to announce that this academic year’s Building Our Global Community (BGC) courses are now available through Employee Self Service.

BGC 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 BGC certificate, participants must register for and attend the Introduction to Building Our Global Community core course and at least four elective courses.

To Register - All courses taken for the program are offered virtually this academic year, free of charge, and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must register in advance through UI Employee Self Service at by searching BGC (from, click on "My Career," then "My Training").  

Please visit the BGC website for more information: Questions can be directed to Brandon Paulson ( or 319-335-0335).

Description - In this session, you will have an opportunity to discover your culturally preferred approach or style of resolving conflict using the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory developed by Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Being aware of your own cultural style, you will be better able to understand and adapt to the styles of others and work more effectively in intercultural settings.  

Participants who attend this session will be able to: 

  • identify their conflict communication style and preferred approach for navigating conflicts  
  • recognize other conflict communication styles and how they might interact 
  • discuss how this may be useful in your work and home life 
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 or .