The University of Iowa

BGC: Story Stitch

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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 interactive session, we will engage in the Story Stitch activity to learn about each other through the stories shared and conversations ignited. This activity involves splitting into groups with each member introducing themselves, and then the group taking turns answering story card questions with members having the opportunity to build on each other’s answers using the stitch cards. By engaging in this activity, we will learn more about the unique backgrounds of the group and become more connected.  

Participants in this session will learn: 

  • how storytelling can build trust, create group cohesion, and develop interpersonal connections 
  • different perspectives and experiences 
  • valuable tool to foster deeper conversations  
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 .