The institute offers four major programs:
The mission of this certification program is to provide Grand Valley students the opportunity to learn about and interactive with people from different cultural groups, and to more fully prepare themselves for life after graduation. The goals of the certificate program are to
Please visit the ITC website at: http://www.gvsu.edu/itc
The Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning provides training in intercultural awareness and sensitivity for members of the West Michigan (and larger) community. Training lasts 4-5 weeks, with online content and a weekly in-class session, and is offered in three progressive levels: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Level Silver: Builds on the institute's broad definition of culture and gives participants the basic tools to build respect, and a greater sense of value and appreciation for the beliefs, cultural practices, and worldviews of people who are different from themselves, including but not limited to racial differences. This level will address crosscultural knowledge, awareness, and communication skills.
Level Gold: Builds a skillset in cultural interactions. Level Gold trainings can be adapted for targeted professional groups, such as the health care community, business community, or K-12 teachers.
Those wishing to achieve even higher levels of training are accommodated in Level Platinum Training --- Master Class in Community Change. This training offers intense, hands-on, skill building training in which accomplished participants conceive and design projects to improve intercultural competence in their workplaces and communities.
Participants who complete each of these levels earn a Certificate of Completion; those who complete all three levels earn a Certificate of Distinction. Though not an academic credential, these certificates commemorate participants' accomplishments and document their professional development.
Future programs of IITL
As the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning grows and secures additional funding, program offerings will expand to include: