BGC: Story Stitch


Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services; Rudia W. Kihura, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Early Childhood, Black Hills State University; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services


In this interactive class, 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 class will learn:

  • How storytelling can build trust, create group cohesion, and develop interpersonal connections.
  • Different perspectives and experiences.
  • Valuable tool to foster deeper conversations.

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