Intercultural Development for Students

Taking the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is a great way to begin increasing in intercultural development. Followed up by a debrief and an individual development plan, students gain a new awareness of their current development and concrete next steps.

How to take the IDI

CILMAR offers the IDI inventory and debrief to students referred to the CILMAR IDI calendar by a professor or administrator who is using the IDI to assess the learning stage of an entire class or program. In general, if your professor has referred you to the IDI calendar, you should go here.

ATTENTION TECH 330 students: We are piloting a new, separate debriefing calendar system this year for TECH 330. TECH 330 students only, please go here.

IDI Debriefs: COVID-19 Update

If a professor or program administrator is requiring you to have an IDI debrief this semester, please choose "Yes, Schedule Online appointment" when using the IDI calendar. The debriefer will contact you to set up an appointment to meet over the phone, Skype, Zoom, Webex or the alternate e-method of your choice.

If your debrief is not time-critical or a course requirement, we suggest that you postpone it until faculty/staff and students are able to meet face to face again.

If in doubt, contact for more information.

Resources to incorporate into the Intercultural Development Plan (IDP)

After you've taken the IDI and been debriefed, it will be time to work on your Intercultural Development Plan (IDP). The IDP, which you will discuss at your debrief, is full of suggestions for increasing your intercultural development. We provide even more resources below which may be used in conjunction with your IDP.

Personal Interactions

Now that you (and probably some of your classmates) have taken the IDI, don't overlook the value of discussing your IDP with your peers. Having a buddy to discuss your IDP with provides both the reflection opportunities and the accountability needed to continue your intercultural growth.

Training Programs 

Portable Intercultural Modules (PIM)

Offered by CILMAR in Brightspace, each module can be finished in 60-90 minutes. The PIM are designed to be engaging, with a range of activities, e.g., videos, surveys, quizzes, information gathering, interviews, reflections, etc. Topics include understanding accents other than your own, digging deeper with critical reflection, intercultural collaboration, communication, self and other awareness, and productive conflict. For more, please go here. To gain access, please contact Aletha Stahl,

Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity 101 module

Offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence in Brightspace, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity 101 is a training course all about you. This training course takes a developmental approach which simply means we each learn individually to see what we currently do not see or understand regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity. We learn developmentally to be more effective and appropriate with diversity leading to increased inclusion of diverse others and equity for all. As individuals in this developmental process, the goal is to make the world a better place for everyone. To gain access, please contact Aletha Stahl,

Educational Classes


The lists of JEDI-- justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion--undergraduate courses can be found on the Virtual ICL page for students.  With help from your academic advisor, you might find this list helpful in planning your electives. The JEDI lists were compiled in a joint effort between the Division of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI), Institutional Data Analytics + Assessment (IDA+A), and CILMAR. 

The Virtual Intercultural Learning (VICL) Database

The Virtual Intercultural Learning Database was designed to showcase virtual interactive opportunities for students enrolled in a Purdue course. Purdue login is required. For more information, please contact

Books and Film

The Intercultural Learning Hub (HubICL) offers several collections of books and films for your enjoyment and reflection. To access the HubICL, please create a free account at Lists of resources are at:

Books and Movies on Cross-cultural Interactions
Films as Discussion Starters

Site Visits

Visiting any of the following can increase your knowledge about diverse cultural experiences.

Cultural Centers

Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center (AAARCC)

Black Cultural Center (BCC)

Latino Cultural Center (LCC)

LGBTQ Cultural Center (LGBTQC)

Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC)

Student Organizations

Global Science Partners

Purdue American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Purdue Global Networks Connections

Students of Purdue Against Racism Coalition (SPARC)

University Residences (UR) Global 

University Residences (UR) Multicultural Connections

Community Organizations

Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies

Showing Up for Racial Justice Lafayette (SURJ)

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