Intercultural Training Certificate

ITC Team

About the Director

 Dr. Regina McClinton is the inaugural director of the Intercultural Training Certificate.  Realizing that Grand Valley State needed to add to its opportunities for students to be fully prepared to “shape their lives, their professions, and their societies”, Dr. McClinton and colleagues, Dr. Maria Cimitile and Dr. Mark Schaub, created the Intercultural Training Certificate to boost students’ intercultural competence, which supports students in valuing and respecting differences.

 Dr. 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 GVSU students, and has devoted herself to this work.  Dr. McClinton is also a certified diversity professional, with a long track record of making a difference in inclusion and diversity.  Dr. 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 hasbeen a leader in inclusion and diversity efforts at UC Berkeley, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and Grand Valley State University.


Katie Clark is a second year graduate student in the College Student Affairs Leadership program.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.  Katie believes culture and diversity are so important in our world today and is glad to have the chance to work with the ITC program to help others realize that as well.  Katie loves working with the ITC program because it provides students with a great opportunity to better their own understanding and for their future.

Sam MacFarland is also a second year graduate student in the College Student Affairs Leadership program. Sam received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan-Flint in Theatre Performance. She works as a graduate assistant in the LAKER Academic Center as the Life Skills assistant. Sam believes that the ITC program is a great opportunity because the skills are invaluable tools that will advance you personally and professionally. Sam truly enjoys working to help shape this program and has learned so much through her personal experience with the certificate.


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