BGC: Developing Your Intercultural Insight


Instructors: 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


In this two-part class, 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) after Part 1 of this class. Participants will sign-up and attend a follow-up 1 hour 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.

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 in advance at