Community Connections (now called Intercultural Leadership) facilitated partnerships among students, faculty, and staff at Saint Mary’s College and diverse women leaders and organizations in the local community to create leadership and intercultural learning in a community context. The experience of community leaders and women’s organizations on the local and national level informed and enriched CWIL’s scholarship. All of Community Connections work began in the complex and rich cultural world of our local community. Through Community Connections, 16 programs were implemented that brought new connections, learning and research on women’s intercultural leadership to Saint Mary’s and the South Bend/ Michiana community. Several of these programs stand out as regional and national models.
Going forward from July 2008, Community Connections has become Intercultural Leadership that will integrate theory, action, and reflection with the goal of empowering students and women leaders to use diversity, gender and culture as a strength and resource in their leadership. Two of the key leadership programs– the intercultural leadership certificate and the women’s intercultural leadership workshops – are the results of the rich learning and connections made through those initial programs.
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