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The Heart of CILMAR: Its Goal and Vision

Our center’s central goal is the development of behavioral interpersonal intercultural competence in Purdue students in partnership with the faculty, staff and community members who support their curricular and co-curricular learning. We desire for intercultural adeptness to become as well-known an element of the Boilermaker identity as are technical and scientific virtuosity. Why is this important?  Our own future is now shared with others who are different from ourselves in values, priorities, and assumptions.  Our future now depends not only on our own self-awareness of the cultural lens through which we make meaning when facing diversity or cultural differences, but it also depends on the mandate to increase awareness of the lens of others who are culturally different and diverse. CILMAR has the potential to become the leader in US higher education by not only supporting students in their experiences while studying abroad but also by combining America's domestic cultural diversity with incoming perspectives of students from other nations to experience intercultural learning here on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.  

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