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Call for Proposals

The Nelson Institute at Drake University invites applications for the spring 2022 Facilitating Intercultural Learning program, a development opportunity for select faculty from across campus focused on building the intercultural capacity of our campus community.

The endeavour is designed to create intercultural self-awareness, and to prepare faculty to begin integrating intercultural learning into their courses, programming, or other work. This initiative will allow Drake University to continue to foster intercultural learning and development in service to our students and our local, national, and international constituents.

About the Program

The Facilitating Intercultural Learning program is designed to help participants engage more effectively with difference by developing four core intercultural competencies:

  1. Increasing awareness and understanding of their own characteristic ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  2. Increasing awareness and understanding of others’ ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  3. Responding mindfully in contexts that disorient or challenge them;
  4. Bridging cultural gaps in those contexts: Shifting perspective, attuning emotions, and adapting behaviour in effective and appropriate ways.

Visit to read more about the program, the curriculum, and to view testimonials from others who have completed the program. You are also encouraged to reach out directly to the previous cohorts of participants to ask about their experience in the program.

Spring 2022 Information

The Nelson Institute plans to sponsor a cohort of up to six Drake faculty during the spring 2022 semester in fulfilment of this initiative. Participating faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program and will be designated Nelson Fellows.

The spring program will begin on February 1, 2022 with the live group coaching calls taking place on Tuesdays, 11:00am – 12:30pm Central Time. (True North has indicated that they may add a second group meeting on Tuesdays from 2:30 – 4:00pm Central if they end up with a high level of non-Drake interest for the spring cohort).

How to Apply

Interested faculty should send a brief expression of interest to Prof. Jimmy Senteza, Director of the Nelson Institute, by noon on November 24, 2021. Please highlight how you think this might benefit your work at Drake University, and contribute to your overall intercultural development. If you unsuccessfully applied for this opportunity previously, you may simply indicate that you would like your application to be reconsidered.