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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 15, 2009

Intercultural U graduates 53 in inaugural class

Fifty-three members of the Northwest and Maryville communities will graduate from Intercultural U, Northwest's new intercultural training certification program designed to prepare individuals to serve as peer trainers and intercultural/diversity facilitators.

The graduation ceremony will begin with a 4:45 p.m. reception Thursday, Dec. 17, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Remarks by Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jackie Elliott will begin at 5:05 p.m.

"The goal of Intercultural U is to develop a group of in-house intercultural champions with holistic - personal, social and cultural - awareness of intercultural concepts," said Ame Lambert, director of intercultural affairs. "I encourage the Northwest community to attend Thursday's ceremony to support those who have invested their time and effort into their intercultural development in a way that benefits individuals and our campus."

The program, which began with a "foundational retreat" Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, included 20 hours of training (16 hours were required for certification) over the course of the fall trimester. Session topics included, for example, defining intercultural competence for Northwest students, factors affecting the retention and graduation of underrepresented students, mediating intercultural conflicts and designing developmental training.

For more information about Intercultural U at Northwest, visit .

The following are Intercultural U's inaugural class of graduates:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468