University of Iowa

Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity

Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity

 

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. Participants work in small multicultural groups to plan the Bridge Open Forum - an intercultural program planned and facilitated by the participants to inform the campus community about intercultural issues.

 

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

 

As part of the Be Better at Iowa Initiative, this program integrates Dr. Corey Seemiller’s Student Leadership Competencies (SLCs) into educationally purposeful experiences to support student success. More information can be found at https://bebetter.uiowa.edu/


The application to participate in Spring 2019 has closed. Apply in Fall 2019 to participate in Spring 2020.

Date Topics Student Leadership Competencies Assignments Instructors
January 17

Welcome and Program Overview

  • Icebreakers
  • Community Agreement 
  • Student Leadership Competencies
  • Introduction to Open Forum
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  • Productive Relationships
  • Read: Bridge Program Syllabus
  • Watch: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
Brandon Paulson
January 24

Making It Real

  • Where I Am From Poem
  • If I Had to Choose Activity
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Read: The Complexity of Identity
  • Read: Where I Am From Poem
  • Write: Where I Am From Poem
Dominique Brooks and Katie Newcomb
January 31

Cultural Intersections

  • Defining Culture
  • Open Forum Topics Ranking
  • Analysis
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Read: The Values Orientations Method
Rudia W. Kihura and Taivna Mills
February 7

Open Forum Preparation

  • Conduct Team Brainstorm
  • Identify and Assign Group Roles
  • Campus Diversity Dialogues
  • Analysis 
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  • Read: Bridge Program Open Forum Overview
  • Read: Bridge Program Open Forum Resources
  • Complete: Intercultural Development Inventory
Brandon Paulson
February 14

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Intercultural Development Plan
  • Goals
  • Group Development
  • Self-Development
  • Complete: Intercultural Development Plan Steps 1, 2, & 4
  • Bring: Copy of IDI Individual Profile Report 
Shuhui Lin, Brandon Paulson, and Lee Seedorff
February 21

Power, Privilege, and Oppression - Part 1

  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Verbal Communication
  Valerie Garr
February 28 Power, Privilege, and Oppression - Part 2
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Verbal Communication
  Valerie Garr
March 7

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts 

  • Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory
  • Diversity
  • Productive Relationships
  • Self-Development
  • Read: Solving Problems and Resolving Conflict Using the Intercultural Conflict Styles
  • Complete: Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory
Shuhui Lin, Rudia W. Kihura, and Brandon Paulson
March 14

Open Forum Preparation

  • Presentation Preparation
  • Analysis 
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  Brandon Paulson
March 28

Open Forum Preparation 

  • Presentation Preparation
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  Brandon Paulson
April 4

Global Leadership

  • Leadership Barometer
  • Spaghetti Tower Activity
  • GLOBE Leadership Styles
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  Matt Augeri
April 11

Open Forum Preparation

  • Presentation Preparation and Practice
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Group Development
  Brandon Paulson
April 18

Open Forum

  • Presentation
  • Collaboration
  • Verbal Communication
  • Writing
  • Open Forum Presentation
Bridge Participants
April 25

Next Steps in the Journey

  • Open Forum Debrief
  • Application and Practice
  • Analysis
  • Goals
  • Self-Development
  Elizabeth Lara
May 2

Certificate Ceremony

  • Award Certificates
  • Celebration
  • Participant Recognition
  • Group Development
  • Productive Relationships
  Brandon Paulson

Program Instructors:

  • Matt Augeri, Director, Career Leadership Academy, Pomerantz Career Center
  • Dominique Brooks, Academic Coach, Center for Diversity and Enrichment
  • Valerie Garr, Diversity Coordinator, College of Nursing
  • Rudia Kihura, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Elizabeth Lara, Diversity Resources Coordinator, Chief Diversity Office
  • Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural Programs
  • Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Katie Newcomb, Academic Coach, Center for Diversity and Enrichment
  • Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services

A very special thanks to our program instructors for their willingness to share their expertise and knowledge with our participants.

Farzad Salamifar

"Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity is an excellently-designed program with great instructors! It has a lot to offer both to undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to learn valuable intercultural skills which will help them have a deeper understanding of cultural diversity. The program also provides the participants with concrete tools to navigate cultural conflicts in their future careers."

Kate Vittore

"Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity is a program I think everybody should experience. I was able to meet people from all different backgrounds, explore important topics in cross-cultural diversity, and learn more about the UI community. I'm grateful for the knowledge it gave me to be a more aware citizen of this world!”


Program Contact:

Contact Brandon Paulson with questions about the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity 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.

 

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.