Intercultural Leadership Institute

The Intercultural Leadership Institute is a semester-long professional development program to help you: (1) develop your own intercultural competence, and (2) learn how to design and facilitate intercultural learning, so that you can be a more effective educator and integrate intercultural learning into courses, programming, or other aspects of your work. Participants will complete a 12-week online program offered through True North Intercultural, Facilitating Intercultural Learning, during which they will develop a plan to incorporate intercultural learning into their work with students, colleagues, or other learners. This action plan will then be presented at a showcase with campus stakeholders and implemented within the next two semesters. 

The Office of Global Learning will offer this program in Fall 2024 for a select cohort of faculty and staff who propose an idea for immediate incorporation of intercultural learning into their work with students, colleagues, or other learners and will cover the program fee of $2,500 per participant for the applicants selected for this opportunity.  



Program Outline

Workshop Date and Time *
Welcome & Kick-Off Workshop August 27, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 1: Introduction to Intercultural Learning September 3, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 2: Self-Awareness & Meaning-Making September 10, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 3: Key Pedagogical Practices September 17, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 4: Cultural Dimensions October 1, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 5: Communication Across Cultures October 8, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 6: Designing Intercultural Curricula October 15, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 7: Mindfulness & Intro to Personal Leadership October 29, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 8: Cultural Bridging & Practicing Personal Leadership November 5, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Module 9: Facilitation, Assessment & Re-Entry November 12, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Action-Planning & Graduation Call with True North Intercultural November 19, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Action Plan Showcase with Campus Stakeholders December 3, 2024: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

*Other time options may be available. For further information, please contact Anita Badhwar at

True North Intercultural Facilitator

Tara Harvey possesses a unique combination of breadth of experience in the field of international education and depth of understanding of the process of developing intercultural competence. She began her career teaching English at a language academy as well as in schools and global corporations in Madrid, Spain. Later, Tara worked as an international student advisor at two schools with large international student populations, Texas A & M University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tara then earned a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education, specializing in international and intercultural education, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Tara has worked as the Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), integrating intercultural learning frameworks into CIEE’s wide array of study abroad programs and providing coaching, training, and support to resident staff around the world involved in facilitating students’ intercultural learning. She started True North Intercultural, LLC, in 2016 in response to numerous requests from universities – as well as a recognition of a deep need – to provide that same type of intercultural coaching, training, and support to their faculty and staff.


  • Tenured and tenure-track UF faculty, lecturers, and other non-tenured faculty who have ongoing teaching appointments. Applications from adjunct faculty will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Visiting faculty are not eligible.
  • Full-time staff who run educational programming for students, staff, or faculty (e.g., Student Life or HR staff) or work with international students, scholars, or faculty (e.g., administrative staff or academic advisors) are eligible.

Program Requirements

  • The 12-week online training requires approximately 3-4 hours per week and completion of all weekly assignments is expected, including:
    • 9 asynchronous online learning modules 
    • weekly small group coaching sessions held on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00pm *
    • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment and individual debrief of your results
    • online forum engagement with the facilitator and fellow cohort members between sessions 
    • intercultural toolkit and additional resources sections with related readings, videos, easy-to-use handouts, activities, and more
  • Development of an action plan to incorporate or enhance intercultural learning in your work with students, colleagues, or other learners within two semesters of participating in this program
  • Attending and presenting your action plan at the final showcase with campus stakeholders

* Other time options may be available. For further information, please contact Anita Badhwar at


  • All participants will receive a digital badge upon completion of the program, which counts for 700 miles toward the Global Teaching and Learning Certificate.
  • The True North Intercultural course is a $2,500 value that will be covered by the Office of Global Learning for the applicants who are selected to participate in this program.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2024
  • Program Dates: August 27 to December 3, 2024




Office of Global Learning, Anita Badhwar,