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Nov. 26, 2007

UI Going Global in Iowa program offers free intercultural training Dec. 10

A new University of Iowa program will offer a free workshop Monday, Dec. 10 for people in the business community or nonprofit sectors who are interested in learning more about cross-cultural communication.

The workshop, offered by the UI-based Going Global in Iowa: Intercultural Training Services, runs from 10 a.m. to noon in the International Commons, Room 1117 of University Capitol Centre on the UI campus. Although the workshop is free, space is limited and interested individuals are encouraged to RSVP at by Tuesday, Dec. 4.

GGI provides businesses the cultural background and intercultural training needed to work successfully with clients, employees, co-workers and suppliers from different countries, according to Helen Jameson, GGI coordinator and assistant director of programming for the UI Office of International Students and Scholars.

"The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate the types of training tools which have proven most effective as well as the developmental approaches we utilize in the training we offer," Jameson said. "The workshop's target audiences include business, academic and nonprofit organization leaders and human resource professionals within the Cultural Corridor."

Workshops are customized and interactive to provide participants with the intercultural skills and knowledge to be successful with the increasingly globalized workforce and clientele, Jameson added.

The workshop will provide resources designed to enhance global expertise through negotiations, etiquette and business practices. It is designed to aid in the development of cross-cultural knowledge and skills.

"What makes this program unique are the resources we have to draw on here at the University of Iowa," said Jameson. "Workshops facilitators are experienced international educators who work with people from all over the world on a daily bases, and the UI international student themselves, who serve as cultural ambassadors."

GGI workshops are designed to help organizations and businesses develop the cross-cultural skills they need to serve an international population and create a more supportive, culturally accepting environment for international clientele and employees. The university enrolls roughly 2,000 international students from over 100 different countries, many of whom serve as cultural informants and panelists.

For more information on GGI workshops, contact OISS at 319-335-0335 or, or visit

The Office of International Students and Scholars of the University of Iowa provides leadership in international education and international learning through service to international students and scholars, their dependents, the university, and the surrounding community. OISS enhances the academic, cultural and social pursuits of UI students and scholars through exceptional immigration and personal advising as well as outstanding cross-cultural programming and training.

OISS is part of University of Iowa 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Helen Jameson, Office of International Students and Scholars, 319-335-0335,; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter