Dr. Regina McClinton, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (IITL). McClinton earned her Ph.D. in plant biology from University of California, Berkeley. In the midst of a successful scientific career, she recognized the need to increase intercultural competence for Grand Valley State University and the greater Grand Rapids community, and has devoted herself to this work. McClinton is 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.