The University of Iowa

Building Our Global Community

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.  

 

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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 


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. 
 

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. Certificates will be awarded at the end of each semester through campus mail.

1,000+
faculty and staff have attended a course
450+
certificates earned

Schedule

Core Course:

BGC: Introduction to Building Our Global Community (Rescheduled)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 10:00am–12:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Associate Director; Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director; and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

This introduction session will introduce the Building Our Global Community program and share an overview of the international student and scholar population at the University of Iowa. Participants will have opportunity to learn about the cultural adjustment experienced by international students and strategies to assist with the transition. Participants will take part in an interactive activity demonstrating the challenges of being a non-native English speaker. The session will conclude with an international student panel sharing their experiences transitioning to the U.S. and studying at the University of Iowa.  

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify the purpose of the Building Our Global Community program and how the program can assist with working effectively with international students and scholars
  • articulate an overview of the international population at the University of Iowa
  • understand cultural adjustment and apply strategies to assist with the transition
  • discuss first-hand the challenges of being a non-native English speaker
  • understand some of the experiences of international students studying at the University of Iowa

 

Elective Courses:

BGC: Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Thursday, October 7 & 14, 2021 | 3:30-5:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

In this two-part session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants will be required to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the session. Participants will sign-up and attend a follow-up 1 hour virtual meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • describe the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development
  • find out where the IDI indicates they are on the intercultural growth continuum
  • develop a personal plan for their intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively with international students and scholars 
  • understand cultural context of your work environment

 

 

BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, October 29 & November 3, 2021 | 10:30-11:30am | Zoom

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services; and Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement

 

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

 

 

BGC: Study Abroad

Monday, November 8, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Kristine Djerf, Senior Advisor and Program Coordinator, Study Abroad

 

Description:

Study abroad is a valuable opportunity for UI students to gain new perspectives and skills to apply in our global workplace. When studying abroad students fulfill academic, professional, and personal goals.  We will discuss the benefits and challenges of international education, the specifics of study abroad participation at UI, and resources to help students from the point of preliminary research to the return home.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • understand the value of study abroad as part of a student’s complete education
  • understand the barriers to study abroad and the challenges that students face while studying abroad
  • identify the resources of Study Abroad

 

 

BGC/BUILD: An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

Monday, November 15, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm | Zoom 

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor, and Kevin Roiseland, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

Cross-listed with Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD)

 

Description:

Immigration laws regulate many aspects of international students' lives, including entry to the United States, the conditions under which they may remain in this country and re-enter after traveling abroad, and eligibility for immigration benefits such as employment and extension of stay. This session will provide an introductory overview of the application and visa process, foundations of U.S. student immigration law, ISSS responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security and to the student, and the basic rules that international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • develop an awareness of the basic federal rules and regulations international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States
  • recognize the complex employment guidelines international students must follow
  • learn how ISSS staff can help departments with immigration concerns and issues

 

 

BGC: Story Stitch

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 3:30-5:00pm | Zoom

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services; Rudia W. Kihura, International Health, Safety & Security Advisor, Study Abroad; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

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

    Core Session:

    BGC: Introduction to Building Our Global Community

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 10:00am–12:00pm | Zoom

    Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Associate Director; Taivna Mills, International Services Associate; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

     

    Description

    This introduction session will introduce the Building Our Global Community program and share an overview of the international student and scholar population at the University of Iowa.  Participants will have opportunity to learn about the cultural adjustment experienced by international students, and participate in an interactive activity demonstrating the challenges of being a non-native English speaker. The session will conclude with an international student panel sharing their experiences transitioning to the U.S. and studying at the University of Iowa.  

     

    Participants who attend this session will be able to:

    •  identify the purpose of the Building Our Global Community program and how the program can assist with working effectively with international students and scholars
    • articulate an overview of the international population at the University of Iowa
    • understand cultural adjustment and apply strategies to assist with the transition
    • discuss first-hand the challenges of being a non-native English speaker
    • understand some of the experiences of international students studying at the University of Iowa

     

    Elective Sessions

    BGC: Developing Your Intercultural Insight

    Monday, February 21 & 28, 2022 | 3:30-5:00pm | Zoom

    Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

     

    Description:

    In this session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants will need to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the session. Participants will sign-up and attend a follow-up 45 minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth.

     

    Participants who attend this session will be able to:

    • describe the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development
    • find out where the IDI indicates they are on the intercultural growth continuum
    • develop a personal plan for their intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively with international students and scholars 

     

     

    BGC: Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 3:00-4:30pm| Zoom

    Instructors: Dongwang Liu, New Student Services Coordinator, International Student and Scholar Services and Associate Director, CAPS; and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, International Student and Scholar Services  

     

    Description

    This introduction session will introduce J-1 scholars to the audience. They will learn about the J-1 scholar categories and who J-1 scholars at the University of Iowa are.  Attendees will be walked through the J-1 Scholar Application and will come away with an understanding of how to fill out an application and how it is processed. The J-1 scholar orientation will be explained to attendees and issues that scholars commonly experience will be discussed. Attendees will then have time to ask any additional questions about scholars and the invitation process.

     

    Participants who attend this session will be able to:

    • describe who J-1 Scholars are and who might be invited as a J-1 Scholar
    • articulate some scholar-specific regulations and policies
    • understand the J-1 application and processing
    • explain the Scholar Orientation session
    • understand some of the experiences of international scholars at the University of Iowa

     

     

    BGC/EAC: Enhancing Your Intercultural Insight (Advanced)

    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm | Zoom

    Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, 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; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services
    Cross-listed with Engaging Across Cultures

     

    Description:

    Designed for participants who have attended the Developing Your Intercultural Insight session and completed the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) at least one year ago. Participants in this advanced session will revisit the IDI by discussing real world applications. Participants should attend the session prepared for in-depth discussions about the IDI and its application. Participants will have the opportunity to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) again and sign-up to attend a follow-up 1 hour meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to discuss their intercultural growth.

     

    Participants who attend this session will be able to:

    • critically reflect on their intercultural experiences
    • find out where the IDI indicates you are on the intercultural growth continuum
    • identify opportunities for applying the IDI to practice

     

     

    BGC/BUILD: An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

    Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm| Zoom

    Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor, and Kevin Roiseland, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

    Cross-listed with Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD)

     

    Description

    Immigration laws regulate many aspects of international students' lives, including entry to the United States, the conditions under which they may remain in this country and re-enter after traveling abroad, and eligibility for immigration benefits such as employment and extension of stay. This session will provide an introductory overview of the application and visa process, foundations of U.S. student immigration law, ISSS responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security and to the student, and the basic rules that international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States.

     

    Participants who attend this session will be able to:

    • develop an awareness of the basic federal rules and regulations international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States
    • recognize the complex employment guidelines international students must follow
    • learn how ISSS staff can help departments with immigration concerns and issues

     

     

    BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

    Wednesday, April 20 & 27, 2022 | 3:00-4:00pm | Zoom

    Instructors: Rudia W. Kihura, International Health, Safety & Security Advisor, Study Abroad; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

     

    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
    Prisma Ruacho, Coordinator, Multicultural Programs, Asian Pacific American Cultural Center

    "I decided to participate in the Building Our Global Community certificate program in order to increase my awareness and knowledge of the experiences of international students. I was able to engage in critical dialogue with colleagues in departments across campus that help us better support students together. I enjoyed hearing from the students themselves but also being able to think and reflect on my own choices and research on how I support international students in my sphere of work. I recommend this program to anyone regardless of your position and level of interaction with international students in order to make our community open, safe, and welcome to all students!" 

    Deb Goodwin, Administrative Services Coordinator, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics

    “I recently completed the Building Our Global Community Program and was very pleased with the experience.   I gained valuable information on topics such as immigration laws and international student employment from very knowledgeable instructors.  I especially enjoyed meeting with several international students to learn about their experiences so I can better assist my students with their transition to the University of Iowa.”

    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. 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.