Intercultural Mentorship

For Faculty and Staff

CILMAR's plan for scaling up intercultural learning (ICL) on the Purdue-West Lafayette campus includes mentorship. Although mentorship is accomplished using a one-to-one model, scaling up is accomplished when each mentee in turn mentors others.

Examples of ways that CILMAR mentors and encourages mentoring

The Growing Intercultural Leaders (GIL) program, an incentivized program for faculty, provides an ICL mentor for each participant in the program.

The Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) is organized as four workshops for faculty professional development.  Mentoring occurs particularly in the last session of the workshop, as participants are mentored through their individual plans to incorporate ICL into the curriculum during the education abroad experience that they will lead. 

Although not necessarily a formal mentoring relationship, the professional connections afforded the participants in the Purdue InterCultural Learning Community of Practice (PICLCoP) and the HubICL Workshops offers less experienced practitioners from across campus the opportunity to learn from those who are more experienced.

CILMAR's one-to-one mentoring in embedding ICL into the academic curricula includes needs analysis and coaching.

For students

Students are also offered ICL mentorship in several ways:

For those preparing to study abroad

The Semester Abroad in Intercultural Learning (SAIL) program provides a one-credit, pass/fail class, incentivized by a $2000-scholarship for those who complete the class.  SAIL provides two options in mentoring: an individual-mentored course (ENGR 397 or SCI 395), or a group-mentored course (COM 30301). The group-mentored course also provides the successful student with the AFS Global Competence Certificate (GCC).

For those seeking to make Purdue a more inclusive campus

CILMAR's Different Lenses program is becoming increasingly popular on campus. In order to allow more students to get involved, CILMAR offered a train-the-trainer session in August 2019 for faculty and staff who would like to use the curriculum with their own student population. For more information, contact

For those preparing to volunteer or be employed abroad

Although the Peace Corps is open only to citizens of the United States, the Peace Corps Prep (PCP) certificate program is open to both international and domestic students. PCP mentors students through the process of ICL, class selection, and application preparation to be a candidate more likely to be successful in the Peace Corps selection process.  Whether or not a student is eligible for Peace Corps service, the certificate program prepares Purdue students to work in new cultural environments that place high demand on their emotional resilience and, ideally, on their commitment to developing inclusive, transparent, sustainable, and mutually-beneficial community partnerships.

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