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Intercultural Training Certificate program director next Brown Bag Lunch speaker

  • Regina McClinton

Posted on April 22, 2013

Regina McClinton, director of Grand Valley State University’s Intercultural Training Certificate program, will provide tips and insight into using culturally competent language in the next installment of a lunch series organized by the university’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

The Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series continues with “A Conversation About Intercultural Competence” where McClinton will discuss what constitutes stereotypical, biased language, including a list of words and phrases to avoid. The event will also offer strategies for improving your communication, and how to repair a situation when you make a mistake. The goal of the program is to help organizations and employees work toward bias-free communication. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: A Conversation About Intercultural Competence

April 24, 2013 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

201 Front Ave SW Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


McClinton, along with her colleagues Maria Cimitile and Mark Schaub, created the Intercultural Training Certificate program to boost students’ intercultural competence, which supports students in valuing and respecting differences.

McClinton earned her Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of California, Berkeley. In the midst of a successful scientific career, she recognized the need to increase intercultural competence for Grand Valley students, and has devoted herself to this work. She is also a certified diversity professional, with a long track record of making a difference in inclusion and diversity. McClinton has served as a member and president of the Minority Affairs Committee for the American Society for Plant Biology, the Diversity Committee of Sigma Xi, The Research Society, and has been a leader in inclusion and diversity efforts at UC Berkeley, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and Grand Valley State University.

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