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As part of International House, UC Berkeley, we share the mission of fostering intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills for a more tolerant and peaceful world.

With an 86-year history, International House, UC Berkeley has been the leader in fostering intercultural understanding. Every semester International House brings together 600 residents from 60+ countries under one roof. From coffee hours to leadership training, students have the opportunity to build awareness of themselves, other cultures and their community.

The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) is an initiative of the International House, UC Berkeley.  We offer intercultural leadership and development services to groups and individuals at universities, corporations, non-profit organizations, and International House residents.

CIL consultants have extensive experience in providing intercultural services and will work closely with you to address the challenges and needs of your organization. From enhancing team performance and communication in a diverse and intercultural work-space, to preparing your managers to work in an international location, to internationalizing your school or department, our consultants provide customized solutions for your organization.

 

 

Our Team

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

Jason Patent

Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

Jason Patent, Ph.D, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), is responsible for building International House’s existing training programs and expanding them to meet the needs of increasing numbers of I-House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, and external partners, including universities, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Jason has an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard, a Master’s degree in the same field from Stanford University, and he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Jason is known for his ability to teach and to find practical uses for theoretical concepts. He is committed to using his skills and experiences to foster understanding and successful collaboration among international populations. His previous professional roles include: American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director, Beijing Center, Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program; Consultant at Gap International; and Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. When he’s not at work or out running on the Bay Trail or in the Berkeley hills, Jason enjoys relaxing with his wife and two daughters.

26 Years of Experience in Training & Facilitation

Workshops & Presentations

  • “Leading, Innovating and Crossing Cultures.” Presented to visiting professors from Xi’an Jiaotong University at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, 6 Oct. 2016.
  • “Advancing Equity & Inclusion: Exploring best practices for engaging diversity within teams and groups.” Panel session, Berkeley Facilitator Network, 10 Mar. 2016.
  • What’s Their Problem? An Intercultural Lens on Teaching International Students.” Keynote address for UC Berkeley Extension’s Instructor Day, 11 Dec. 2015.
  • “Culture and Philanthropy: Principles and Practices.” UC Berkeley Fundraising Council. 14 Oct. 2015.
  • “Higher Education in China.” Panel presentation, 3 May 2014. Harvard School of Education, China Education Symposium. Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • “Fostering Intercultural Leaders in Your Organization.” 12 Mar. 2014. European Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Insight, Nanjing. Workshop with senior European executives.
  • “Intercultural Leadership: The Most Critical Skill of the 21st 26 Feb. 2014. European Chamber of Commerce, Nanjing. Workshop with top European and Chinese executives.
  • “How to Save Time and Money: Intercultural Leadership in the Global Marketplace.” 30 Nov. 2013. Keynote address at New York Institute of Technology Nanjing School of Management, Annual Stakeholders’ Conference.

Publications

  • “China.” In Robert Crane ed. Building Bridges Among the BRICs. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 154–192.
  • “Familiarizing and Humanizing an ‘Exotic’ Language.” Review of Perry Link’s An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics. Los Angeles Review of Books, March 1st, 2014.
  • “Mindset and Worldview: Reflections on How Place Shapes the Mind.” In Jia Leilei ed. A Binational Conversation on Bridging Cultures: Place, People, History. Beijing: Culture and Art Publishing House. 261–266.
  • “Supracultural models, universalism and relativism: The language of personhood in Chinese and American cultures.” In Hanna Pishwa ed. Language and Social Cognition: Expression of the Social Mind. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 79-125.
  • “Are These Truths Self-Evident? Language, Culture and Human Rights in the U.S. and China.” D. dissertation, UC Berkeley, 2003.

 

Breidi Truscott Roberts

Intercultural Training Specialist

Breidi Truscott Roberts, M.A., is an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).

While regularly conducting workshops for I-House and UC Berkeley staff, Breidi also designs and delivers training for higher education, non-profit, and corporate settings. She serves as a Diversity Facilitator for the Multicultural Education Program at UC Berkeley through the division of Equity and Inclusion. In charge of Mentoring, Breidi has served as a Board Member for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), as well as a Fellow at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Education (SIIC).

Breidi received a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training and studied Communication and Linguistics as an undergraduate at UC San Diego. When not working or volunteering, Breidi loves to spend her time hiking in new places. She has lived in Ireland, Italy, Mexico, India, and New Zealand.

15 Years of Experience in Training and Consulting

Awards & Achievements

  • Spot Award – UC Berkeley 2010 – Awarded by the Vice Chancellor, Equity & Inclusion for collaboration, initiative, service
  • Berkeley Initiative for Leadership on Diversity –UC Berkeley 2010 – 2011 – Grant recipient for “Intercultural Literacy” project through Staff Diversity Initiatives, Equity & Inclusion

Workshops and Presentations

  • “Cultural Adaptation for Success in the U.S.” for Study Abroad Foundation, July 6, 2016
  • “Cultural Considerations for Successful Mentoring,” for Berkeley Space Sciences Lab, May 15, 2015
  • “The Role of Intercultural Effectiveness in Developing High Performing Teams and Organizations,” International Leadership Association conference in Barcelona, Spain, October 17, 2015.
  • “Intercultural Leadership,” Presentation for directors of International Houses Worldwide, June 29, 2015
  • “Intercultural Leadership for Social Work,” in Leadership X.O for MSW Students at UCB, August 21, 2015
  • “Cultural Adjustment,” Haas International MBA Student Orientation August 2012, 2014, 2015
  • “ Cultural Awareness,” guest lecture in ‘Leadership Competencies for Current and Aspiring Managers,’ course for Haas School of Business, November 3, 2014
  • “Intercultural Learning Through Storytelling,” for SIETAR SF Bay Area Local Group Dec. 10, 2014
  • “Intercultural Facilitating,” for Cal Facilitation on April 7, 2014
  • “Diversity and Inclusion for Student Leaders,” for Residence Halls Association Executive Committee, UC Berkeley Sept. 20, 2014
  • “Cultural Adjustment,” guest lecturer in ‘The International Student Experience’ course at UC Berkeley, February 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • “Intercultural Communication,” for partners/spouses of Visiting Scholars and Postdocs Association (VSPA) at UC Berkeley, May 2012
  • “Cultural Differences in Communication,” guest lecturer for ‘Lab Dynamics: Interpersonal Skills for Scientists,’ UCB November 1, 2012
  • “Cultural Orientation,” English Studies Institute, spring 2011, 2012
  • “Building your Cross-Cultural Competence: Multicultural consideration for events,” Berkeley Events Network Fall 2011
  • Intercultural Literacy: Use your Emotional Intelligence to Bridge Cultural Styles at Work
  • Get Global Ready: Thriving in an Intercultural Workplace
  • Managing Conflict Across Cultures
  • Leadership and Innovation (Xiangfei)
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Let’s Talk: Engaging in Cross Cultural Communication
  • First Take, Second Look: Exploring Unconscious Bias
  • Looking In, Looking Out: Exploring Workplace Diversity

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

Intercultural Training Specialist & Facilitator

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A., an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). She organizes and facilitates International House’s flagship intercultural leadership program for residents: the Intercultural Leadership Initiative certificate program. She designs and delivers intercultural workshops to corporate and non-profit clients, as well as to UC Berkeley staff and students. Prior to joining the CIL team, she consulted for various organizations, and advised and developed programs in the Global Engagement Office at Santa Clara University and in American University’s Career Center. Fluent in Spanish, Lauren spent four years working in Spain as a cross-cultural trainer, ESL instructor, and developer of international exchange programs for low-income youth.  She has also worked and studied in Lebanon, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and briefly in China. With ten years of experience in the fields of international and intercultural education, organizational leadership, and as a researcher, consultant, educator, and student, Lauren has honed a passion for developing global leaders and skills for helping others effectively engage with difference.

Lauren received a Masters of Arts in International Communication and Education from the School of International Service at American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development and Spanish at the University of Michigan. When not working, Lauren enjoys taking long hikes, exploring new lands and cultures, cooking, reading, learning languages, reveling in music, singing, dancing, playing tennis, soccer, and ice hockey, and striving to try something new every day.

4+ Years of Consulting Experience | 10+ years of Training & Facilitation  

  • The Hague University, The Hague, Netherlands               
  • International House, Washington DC
  • American University, Washington, DC             
  • Youth for Understanding, Washington, DC
  • Emerson Waldorf High School, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Make a Wish Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI

Key Workshops:

  • Global and Social Justice Leadership Development
  • Get Global Ready: Thriving in an Intercultural Workplace
  • Managing Conflict Across Cultures
  • International and Multicultural Student Advising: Effective Intercultural Communication
  • Pre-departure and Re-entry Training for Study Abroad Students
  • Career Development for Study Abroad/International Students
  • Using the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC) to optimize study abroad advising
  • Cross Cultural Differences: U.S. and Spain
  • Building Trust Across Cultures
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Global Citizen
  • Global Leadership and Innovation
  • Cultural Adjustment in the U.S. workplace and society

Research/Publications:

  • “Beyond Minimization of Cultural Difference: Modifying the Golden Rule at School.” April 17, 2014. In Intercultural Management Quarterly.
  • “Leveraging Strengths for an Effective Team.”2007. In Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Language(s):

Fluent/Proficient in Spanish

Conversational in Arabic (Levantine and some classic)

Miranda Loos

Business Development Specialist

Miranda Loos, M.A., is the Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).   She is responsible for engaging external stakeholders to participate in CIL programs. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked as the University Relations Manager at Dream Careers Global Internship Programs in San Francisco. A New York native, she was the ESL School Director for Kaplan International Centers in New York City. She also spent 2 years teaching English in Japan, which ignited her passion and interest to pursue an industry that facilitates intercultural engagement and understanding.

Miranda received a Master of Arts in International Education and Development from New York University and studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, music and exploring the Bay Area with friends.

Hirona Hono

Intercultural Training Specialist

Hirona Hono, M.A., an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).

She develops curricula and training materials for increasing intercultural competence for corporate clients, non-profit, and educators. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked for VIA, a nonprofit education organization that offers leadership, medical education, language and cross-cultural understanding programs for university students from Asia. She also organized youth programs at the Center for International Youth Exchange in Japan where she learned about the impact of cross-cultural engagement as an investment for future generations and partnership-building among Asian countries. Having served as a volunteer in France, Ghana, Turkey, Japan and the UK as well as attending numerous youth conferences all over the world, she was inspired by how intercultural competence can prepare people to work more effectively and collaboratively. In order to provide more hands-on learning environments to youth, she recently started an organization called “LIFE” to develop intercultural skills and promote interdisciplinary dialogue in Japan.

Hirona received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management at SIT Graduate Institute, and a B.A. in International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan.  When not working, Hirona enjoys traveling, playing the piano, exploring bookstores to find children’s books that represent cultural diversity, and planning to start new research on how to incorporate VR experiences into intercultural training.