The Student Diversity and Inclusion Services (SDIS) is launching a new initiative for students to build on their cultural competence and intercultural development. SDIS works in committing a developing and sustaining diverse campus community by providing opportunities to engage across differences and a variety of diverse programs to build a deep intercultural understanding. We hope to prepare students to have skills in creating a better world.
Having skills in working among a diverse and supportive environment leads to increased critical thinking, creativity, and decreased fear of conflict. Regardless of experiences, developing intercultural skills will help ones’ success in collaborating, learning, and working among a diverse environment.
Each student will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) which is a 50-item questionnaire, available online and in a paper-and-pencil format that can be completed in 15-20 minutes. Once that is done an initial meeting will be setup with an SDIS IDI Qualified Administrator who will have analyzed your IDI Data, to discuss your goals for intercultural competence and how intercultural development inventory can help you assess your current and future orientation of intercultural competence.
This year long program will require students to:
- Be in contact with SDIS staff throughout the academic year.
- Attend workshops and other educational activities focused on race, gender, ethnicity, privilege, class, and/or issues pertaining to social justice.
- Participate in the Social Justice Summit which takes place annually in November.
- Reflect in advocacy and education within a diverse community.
Students that complete the I-LED Program will be recognized for their commitment as an Intercultural Leader at SDIS Gala and also receive an award of completion.
Take your leadership to the next level by being an Intercultural Leader!