At International House, engaging with difference is part of the daily experience of living and learning in an international community. Learning to mindfully and effectively engage with difference is an opportunity to hone leadership skills crucial in today’s globalized world.

The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) can help you develop the knowledge, mindset, and skills for professional, personal, and academic success in any context.

From brief intercultural effectiveness workshops and activities, to semester-long intercultural leadership programs and professional internships, CIL offers many experiential opportunities for residents to develop as global leaders. What change do you wish to be in the world?

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Intercultural Leadership Initiative (ILI)

You are invited to apply to the ILI Program, a certification program of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) exclusively for I-House residents. This semester-long, intensive leadership cohort program is designed to help you develop your skills in intercultural effectiveness and transformative leadership in today’s increasingly globalized world.  Participants will not only gain professional development, but also cultivate close relationships with fellow cohort members.  If admitted to the program, participants will gain training and/or hands on, resume-building experience in the following areas:

  • Intercultural and global leadership mindsets and skills
  • Models, tools, and personal assessments in intercultural effectiveness and leadership styles
  • Intercultural facilitation, communication, and storytelling
  • Transformational leadership and Social Justice
  • Personal and professional coaching and development
  • Public speaking and presentation skills

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ILI Eligibility & Requirements


  • Open to all residents and student staff of I-House
  • Open to undergraduate, graduate, and post doc/research fellows/visiting scholars
  • New and short-term students may apply, but preference may be given to those returning to I-House


  • Attendance and active participation for 12 training sessions, including a possible overnight and day-long field trip
  • Sessions will be held on Monday evenings, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm in Home Room at I-House
  • Willingness to rotate leadership and training opportunities during sessions
  • Active participation in weekly discussions
  • Fulfillment of an intercultural leadership project
  • In total, a minimum of 30 hours of meeting hours are required. In addition, about 1-2 hours per week of preparation time are expected. An intercultural leadership project will also be developed and implemented by participants prior to certification.
  • In order to receive the certificate, students may miss no more than ONE weekly session during the fall semester and must contribute weekly to discussions. Students must attend any off-campus activities and field trips in full to earn the leadership certificate.