The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House UC Berkeley is a center of excellence for training to advance leadership, understanding, and collaboration across cultures. CIL consultants have decades of experience providing customized training across the public, non-profit, government, education, and corporate sectors. Through expert facilitation, highly participatory workshops, and skilled coaching, we create powerful learning experiences. Our programs equip professionals and students to:

  • Lead inclusively and create a culture of belonging
  • Effectively engage and communicate across cultural difference
  • Build and sustain trust among diverse teams
  • Effectively manage conflict
  • Leverage diversity for optimal organizational outcomes

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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 International House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, higher education institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations. With over two decades of experience in training and facilitation, Jason delivers high-quality intercultural consulting and training to individuals and teams across a variety of sectors. Jason has served as American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director of the Stanford Program in Beijing; Training Consultant at Gap International, Cartus, ITAP International, IOR Associates, Dean Foster Associates; and Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. Fluent in Mandarin, Jason has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard, an M.A. in the same field from Stanford, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley. 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.


  • “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.

Grace Michel

Assistant Director & Intercultural Training Specialist

Grace Michel, M.A. is an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). She is an experienced facilitator and educator with a deep commitment to building a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world. She has extensive experience in intercultural education, leadership development, and peacebuilding and has worked primarily as a trainer/facilitator, program director, and consultant. Prior to joining CIL, Grace worked in Myanmar where she designed teacher-training and curriculum to promote peaceful coexistence and conducted education policy research. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego, encouraging social entrepreneurship and responsible business as a force for positive social impact. Grace also worked for three years in Peru as a community educator and international service learning program director. Grace received an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies and a Certificate in Peace and Global Education from the University of San Diego, and a B.A. in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.

Miranda Loos

Business Development Specialist

Miranda Loos, M.A., is the Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).   She oversees CIL development and stakeholder engagement strategy and implementation. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked as the University Relations Manager at the Global Internship Program 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.

Edem Yevoo

Administrative and Program Assistant

Edem Yevoo is the Administrative and Program Assistant for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) and a current graduate student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He serves as a general consultant for enhancing resident intercultural programming at I-House and collaborates with CIL staff to plan and coordinate training engagements for I-House residents. Prior to joining the CIL team, he worked as an Administrative Assistant at the United States of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC.

Edem was born in Ghana and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Edem’s various cultural experiences growing up in Ghana and studying abroad in Ecuador, inspired him to become an informed global citizen and leader and is a strong advocate for intercultural leadership development.