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Centre for Intercultural Studies

Connecting Across Difference

The Centre for Intercultural Studies (CIS) within International Education at VIU provides intercultural learning opportunities for VIU students, faculty and staff.  The CIS also supports research in intercultural learning, and provides professional development for public and private sector organizations. The guiding principle of the CIS is to foster “connecting across difference.” Intercultural studies aims to promote the development of the required attitudes, skills, knowledge to engage effectively across cultural difference and create inclusive communities. 

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Bridging Difference: Resources for Students

Resources, information and links to learning opportunities for students learning in intercultural classrooms, adapting to a new culture or who are facing prejudice and bias while at university.

Resources for Students
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Intercultural Teaching and Learning

Resources and training opportunities for those interested in beginning or continuing to develop their practice as educators in intercultural settings.

Resources for Educators
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Professional Development and Custom Training

Professional development and custom training for groups and individuals looking for education and training opportunities in intercultural studies.

PD & T Programming
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Community Engagement

Projects and special events that engage the community with topics in intercultural studies.

Community Engagement

Ali White

Manager, Intercultural and Group Programs

Phone: 250.740.6314 Local: 6314

Mackenzie Sillem

Professor, Intercultural Studies

Phone: 250.740.6315 Ext. 2744