Growing Intercultural Leaders (GIL)

GIL is a professional development opportunity for faculty and staff designed to cultivate the intercultural leadership skills that will move Purdue -- West Lafayette* toward more inclusion, equity and belonging.

GIL provides three levels of support for faculty and staff who work as teachers, mentors and advisors with students and/or with other faculty and staff on campus. Each level calls for a commitment of a minimum of one academic year.

At each level, participants set goals in two tracks – personal and professional development– and pursue a project related to their position and their professional goal.

Participants are supported by meetings with a mentor, other activities and opportunities, and a financial incentive (for Levels 2 & 3). Their end-of-year reflections, reports and research submissions demonstrate progress toward their goals and serve as a resource to others interested in intercultural leadership.

In summary,

Level 1 targets people who are relatively new to thinking about frameworks for intercultural learning, who seek to grow personally in this area, and who wish to explore how to develop intercultural competence in their students and/or those they mentor.
Level 2 targets people who have some familiarity with frameworks for intercultural learning and who are ready to commit time and intellectual/emotional energy to both personal growth and student development. CILMAR supports this level with mentoring and $2000.
Level 3 targets people who have experience working with frameworks for intercultural learning and who are ready to make personal growth, mentoring colleagues and students, and contributing to knowledge production related to intercultural learning a central part of their professional efforts. CILMAR supports this level with research collaboration, the CILMAR writing group, and $5000.
For more details on the 2019-2020 GIL program, please go here. Updates to the GIL program for 2020-2021 can be found here. Application deadline for the 2020-21 program is March 24, 2020. Please send applications to Dr. Aletha Stahl,

The number of applicants accepted into the program varies according to the number of requests for support and available funding. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on qualifications, motivation, and impact. Please contact Senior Intercultural Learning Specialist Dr. Aletha Stahl at with any questions.

*The GIL program is reserved for intercultural leadership development in on-campus courses and programs. For support of intercultural leadership development related to study abroad, see CILMAR programs for Study Abroad Intercultural Learning (SAIL) grant and Intercultural Pedagogy Grants (IPG).

2018-19 GIL Awards

Level 1

Kristin Kirby

Susan Modlin

Level 2

Tatjana Babic Williams

Lata Krishnan

Annalisa Mosca

Vicki Simpson

Level 3

Patrick Brunese

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