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Oct. 9, 2006

Workshop Offers Intercultural Training For Leaders Of Non-Profits

"Strengthening Our Global Community," a free training program, will feature a range of topics to help develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to work effectively in intercultural settings. The two-day event is offered to non-profit organization leaders Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, in the International Programs Commons in the University Capitol Centre (UCC-Room 1117).

The University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the UI Office of Learning and Development are hosting the two-day workshop with support from a UI Year of Public Engagement grant, said Helen Jameson, OISS assistant director for programming.

The training will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. The registration deadline is noon on Thursday, Oct. 12.

There is no cost for participation, but space is limited. To register, visit or call Helen Jameson at (319) 355-0335 or e-mail her at

"As our community becomes increasingly diverse, non-profit organizations are interested in learning more about how to welcome internationals into the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area," said Jameson, who is coordinating the program.

The first day is composed of three sessions. The first focuses providing accurate demographic information and on developing cross-cultural communication skills through an interactive exercise. It is followed by "Community Matters: Navigating the Iowa Corn Maze," which explores some of the major obstacles international students and scholars face when moving to Iowa. Last in the day is "Global Perspectives on Philanthropy," a panel chaired by Lisa Troyer, a professor in the UI Department of Sociology and administrative fellow in the Office of the Provost.

The second day begins with a session on international growth, and is based on Milton Bennett's Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and how to utilize the model in the workplace. The last session consists of resources and tips that will help an organization focus on intercultural communication and understanding.

OISS is affiliated with UI International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Helen Jameson, 319-335-0335,; Writer: Aris Dravillas