Scaling up intercultural learning through collaboration

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) welcomes the opportunity to scale up intercultural learning (ICL) initiatives by collaborating with campus partners. Examples of current collaborations include:

CILMAR-Division of Diversity and Inclusion

To promote its mission of facilitating intercultural learning opportunities for all Boilermakers, CILMAR organizes conferences, seminars, exhibits, film screenings, and lectures that bring together faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, with diverse interests and backgrounds. CILMAR partners with departments, centers, and institutes at Purdue University and works with colleagues and organizations on campus and off campus in order to facilitate an exchange of knowledge. This dual focus is meant to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the multiracial and polycultural world in which we live.

Attendance and participation in DDI programs is an expectation for all CILMAR staff. 

For more information on events sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, please go here

CILMAR-Black Cultural Center-Honors College

CILMAR partnered with the Black Cultural Center (BCC) and the Honors College to offer an annual Fall Break study away program to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2018 and 2019. The 2019 theme was Understanding Race & Place: Through the Lens of Food Justice & Citizenship Post-Civil Rights. We will hope to return to this model when travel restrictions are lifted. Please contact for more information.

CILMAR-Student Life

CILMAR's director Kris Acheson-Clair served alongside units within the area overseen by vice provost for student life Dr. Beth McCuskey to create the Steps to Leaps learning modules which were integrated into Boiler Gold Rush 2019 and 2020. A new ICL tool was created by the CILMAR staff, as well as a Collection,within the Intercultural Learning Hub, as part of the Steps to Leaps initiative. CILMAR's representative for Steps to Leaps assessment is Katherine Yngve, IDA+A's intercultural learning specialist and CILMAR's associate director for intercultural outcomes assessment.

Curricular Collaborations

Examples abound of curricular collaborations that are being created between CILMAR and colleges across the Purdue University--West Lafayette campus. For example, the School of Language and Cultures (SLC) teamed up with CILMAR to explore intercultural learning through a study group; also within SLC, the Department of Italian has integrated intercultural learning outcomes at beginning language levels, is exploring new initiatives at other levels, and has presented research in this area at national conferences. The entire Polytechnic Institute and College of Pharmacy, uses the Intercultural Development Inventory with all entering and exiting students to assess the effectiveness of their efforts.

One of the most exciting collaborations recently can be seen in the Virtual Intercultural Learning Database, which showcases virtual interactive opportunities for students enrolled in a Purdue course in many different colleges.

These are just a few instances among many. CILMAR partners with every college through Intercultural Learning Officers (ILOs) and offers consultations from the level of assignment to course to department to college so as to help students develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of intercultural competence through the on-campus curriculum.  

CILMAR's senior specialist for embedding intercultural learning into the academic curriculum is Dr. Aletha Stahl,

CILMAR-Archives Leadership Institute @ Purdue University

The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Purdue University is the host site for ALI for the years 2019-2021. ALI@Purdue offers advanced training for twenty archival leaders each year, providing the knowledge, tools, and community of practice to enable these leaders to effect positive change within the profession.

CILMAR director Kris Acheson-Clair serves on the ALI@Purdue project team.

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