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Intercultural Leadership Seminar

The Intercultural Leadership Seminar (ILS) is designed for international and U.S. students who want to learn how to be more effective in a global environment. ILS includes brief lectures, discussion, experiential activities, and small group work. While at ILS you will:

  • Increase your awareness of your own and others’ cultures and communication styles
  • Gain skills necessary for effective intercultural communication
  • Discover your own leadership potential and enhance your intercultural competence
  • Develop friendships and help each other have a successful U-M experience.

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Date, Time and Location

ILS will be held during Fall Study Break in Anderson ABCD, Michigan Union (1st floor). The program curriculum has been designed with the expectation that participants will attend the entire program (Monday, October 13th, 9am-5pm AND Tuesday, October 14th, 9am-12pm). This is not an overnight program and attendance is free.

Application Process and Deadline

To be eligible, you must be a student currently attending U-M. International scholars and alumni who have already graduated are not eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and acceptance priority will be given to students who have not attended ILS previously. Submit your application by Friday, October 3rd at 5pm.

Questions? Contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu

 

ILS Participants' Reflections

ILS Participant Katerina Chekhovskiy

“ILS helped me view cultures through different ways, using various methods, to better understand and assess the behavior of individuals from diverse backgrounds. ILS was a great experience because I made countless new friends that had a unique perspective to share, that helped me personally identify what leadership means within the context of my life, my experiences, and the people I interact with. Assessing and discussing different case studies of businesses that had succeeded or failed in certain countries also illustrated how imperative it is to understand cultures and societies in order to have clear communication and establish a strong network of global commerce. Just within the weekend I attended ILS, I learned so many valuable concepts and skills, that I will continue to apply in my future, including the importance and process of crafting a vision statement, a skill I will continue to use as I set future goals, in all facets of life. ILS was a great way to expand my horizons and to recognize who an intercultural leader is, and how I can achieve some of those characteristics in my own life.” - Katerina Chekhovskiy, LS&A (Biomolecular Science and minor in French and Ukrainian). 2014 winter participant.

ILS Participant Jamie Covell

“ILS challenged me in several ways, in which I was looking forward too. After taking my assigned seat my worries lessoned about where I was going to sit for the entirety of the conference but also heightened because I wasn't sure how to go about interacting with others at my table. I am a natural leader, so I tried holding back within the group I was assigned in order to make sure I was allowing others to participate. However, after several long awkward silences, I naturally became the first one to talk and ask questions to others in my group. ILS provided a great opportunity to force you out of your comfort zone in a safe way and allow for personal growth in intercultural experiences.” – Jamie Covell, Graduate Student, School of Social Work. 2014 winter participant.

ILS Participant Ye (Eric) Yue

“As a master student graduating in December, 2013, I am fortunate to be able to participate in ILS this term. ILS provides me with a fascinating opportunity to explore and improve intercultural leadership with varieties of talented U.S. and international students in a relatively safe and comfortable environment. With the patient instruction of the organizers and active involvement of participants, I have gone through a series of activities that lead me to discover deeper insights about myself and others, learned plenty of relevant theories and practical tools that make me more effective as a leader in intercultural settings, and communicated and made friends with them more smoothly than before. I wish in the future ILS could be a bit longer than this time (given enough sponsorship), so that participants could enjoy ILS even more and make closer friends!” - Ye (Eric) Yue, Graduate Student, College of Engineering and School of Natural Resources and Environment. 2013 fall participant.

 

Last reviewed: 09/14