The intercultural team at the Center for Intercultural and International Education (CIIE) is dedicated to developing a world in which our social structures and everyday interactions are based on the premise that justice, mutuality, respect, equality, understanding, acceptance, freedom, diversity and peacemaking are the norm.
We are servant leaders seeking to understand difference, engage difference and live with difference while honoring family structures, spiritual values and cultural values. Our intercultural work is about reciprocal relationships and mutual gifting. Our intercultural work strives to build an intercultural community of practice that takes students, faculty and administrators and community members deeper than multicultural or cross-cultural models of community.
Our work entails hosting difficult discussions across difference. Our work takes us to a place of sharing stories about how our lives intersect and learning to value the other is what we strive for. Our work also builds leaders for a diverse community by developing intercultural leadership academies with businesses, not-for-profits, health professionals, educators, and public leaders. We also engage our community by building educational partnerships that create opportunities for young people to consider enrolling in college.
We believe that by equipping students, leaders and educators with the intercultural skills they need creates opportunities for justice, mutuality, respect, equality, equity and peacemaking. We do intercultural work through dialogue, community engagement and leadership development. Our vision is to prepare others to go out into the community and effect change wherever they go.
- October 6, 2015 - In celebreation of Hispanic Heritage, CIIE hosted a welcome celebration for José Rocha, Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College. Dr. Rocha, played his cello to the delight of about 75 students, faculty and staff as well as members of the Latino community. The event was catered by Federico Mendoza and his crew.
- September 23, 2015 - The Intercultural Servant Leader Lunch Series invites Goshen College students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the community to hear from students and employees what servant leadership means to them in an ever-changing world.
- September 11, 2015 - Constitution Day (Sept. 17) was celebrated at Goshen College with a lively discussion on birthright citizenship, which since 1868 has guaranteed U.S. citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the country (14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). About 70 students, faculty and staff attended the event, which was held at the Center for Intercultural ... Keep reading »