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Northwestern Intercultural Learning Initiative

The Office of the Vice President of International Relations' Intercultural Learning Initiative aims to advance the university’s global ambitions by providing Northwestern staff members with the crucial tools and skills they need to thrive in a culturally diverse workplace.

Quarterly Workshops for Northwestern Staff Members


Our 5-week workshop series provides tools for greater self-awareness and practical global insights to increase intercultural effectiveness in the workplace. Offered quarterly, the workshops are free and open to all Northwestern staff members.

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Ways to Get and Stay Involved

Cultural Navigator Network

Once staff members complete the "Navigating Cultures in the Global Workplace," they join the Cultural Navigator Network, which offers continued learning opportunities for those wanting to stay engaged.

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Affinity Group

This affinity group brings together Northwestern staff members interested in Intercultural Competency and Global Inclusion to share best practices and challenges and learn from one another.

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Customized Offerings

In addition to our quarterly workshops, we offer resources, support, and customized programs for Northwestern units across campus.

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The Intercultural Learning Initiative is co-led by Jennifer Gerrard and Janka Pieper:

Jennifer Gerrard and Janka Pieper's professional practitioner certifications include: