Intercultural Learning and Academic Success

Dr. Debra Bolton, Director
Intercultural Learning & Academic Success
Office of the Vice President for DEIB
020 Multicultural Student Center

Intercultural Learning and Academic Success promotes equitable representation of under-represented and historically excluded student populations in higher education by providing workshops, publications and events with other professional development opportunities that advance belonging and equitable policies and best practices to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of students.

Programs and services include:

Intercultural Learning and Development: Introduces students, faculty, and staff to the varying ways humans form their identities including race, ethnicity, color, national origin, tribal citizenship, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, or status as a veteran. This unit promotes intercultural learning and development through assessments, coaching, classroom teaching, webinars, and publications.

SAFE Zone : SAFE Zone introductory and advanced professional development workshops teach students, staff, faculty, administration, and community collaborators to be allies who help to create and sustain safe, socially equitable spaces on campus and in the broader community. We do this with a variety of campus-wide partners who share similar missions to support and give voice to historically under-represented and silenced groups. In partnership with the LGBT Resource Center within Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs.

Recruitment and Retention: Intercultural learning and development programs actively engage in recruitment and retention efforts across the student population through programming, outreach, and intentional cooperation within student life and across academic units.

Our Celebration of Human Diversity Seeks to:

Intercultural Learning

Intercultural learning leads us to strengthen our self-awareness and awareness of others. Intercultural development helps us to understand how to respond, behave, and reflect when around people like us or different from us. Intercultural learning and development does not ask us to change who we are or what we value. Intercultural development guides us to work successfully in community with others who are different than us in the classroom, personally, and professionally.

When we reach "intercultural confidence", we may state:

“I feel comfortable and do not feel threatened by others who may come from different backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, faith communities, or socio-economic ‘classes’.”

  • I participate in intercultural activities without hesitation and when opportunities arise
  • I can freely adapt to other cultural groups without giving up my own, inter-sectional identity
  • I am aware of myself and how I interact with others
  • I am curious about others
  • I feel comfortable asking questions when I don’t understand

"I am inter-culturally confident"