ITC's Mission, Vision, and Goals
The ITC Program is a part of the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department within GVSU's Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. It is the mission of this program to provide students with an opportunity to discover and build new knowledge of people within different groups. This includes: different cultures, languages, classes, genders, sexual orientations, sexual identities, races, abilities, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and other diversity groups of the United States and across the globe.
Our mission also includes teaching students skills to respond respectfully and effectively to people in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities. We do this by combining theoretical understanding and practical tools gained through experiential learning.
Dr. Joel Wendland-Liu
ITC Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, IRIS
Program Coordination and Teaching Faculty
The ITC Program is coordinated by Dr. Joel Wendland-Liu. Dr. Wendland-Liu has taught at GVSU since 2011 and specializes in the study of race/ethnicity, class, and gender within the United States and through an internationally comparative lens. His recent publications include The Collectivity of Life: Spaces of Social Mobility and the Individualism Myth (Lexington Books, 2016) in addition to a broad range of articles and book chapters. Dr. Wendland-Liu is currently developing a comparative study of race relations in Michigan. The project spans multiple racial/ethnic communities over time from before its seizure as a French, then British, and then U.S. colony into the present.
Dr. Wendland-Liu is an associate professor of Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies. He holds a PhD in American Studies (Washington State University, 2002), MA in History (University of Texas at El Paso, 1998), and a BA in Liberal Arts (Evergreen State College, 1996). Dr. Wendland-Liu is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Prior to coming to GVSU, he worked as a journalist and managing editor of Political Affairs Magazine (2002-2011) and also taught at Bowling Green State University (2001-2003).
Classes in ITC are taught by a range of excellent faculty who are committed to putting students first. For a current list of teaching faculty and contact information please visit the IRIS Department faculty and staff directory.