Welcome to the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning


What is the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning?

West Michigan, long known for its beauty and natural resources, has increasingly become an area rich in human potential and diversity. From education to the Medical Mile to alternative energy industries, the area has much to offer to businesses and organizations looking to start or relocate here.

While increasing its diversity, West Michigan has yet to fully explore, appreciate, and capitalize on its rich blend of culture, ethnicity, and experience. To make the most of current and future opportunities, the West Michigan community must work to become more culturally sensitive and aware --- capable of respecting the needs, cultural beliefs, and values of others --- to reap the benefits of the richness of who we are.

Grand Valley State University created the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning to facilitate such change in a joint effort with partners in the West Michigan community, including Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties, together with more broad community audiences and partners as programs develop and grow.

To learn more about the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning, discover training and educational opportunities for growth and development in intercultural competence, or find out how you can get involved, contact us at iitl@gvsu.edu or call (616) 331-2715.

Page last modified March 11, 2013