Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication (CILC)

Penn State Abington College’s Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication (CILC) offers unique practical and proven resources to the college and the regional community.  CILC provides research-based training and consulting to Abington College faculty, staff, and students as well as to governmental, non-profit, and corporate organizations who wish to create, sustain, and enhance an inclusive working or learning environment.

 

Who is CILC?

CILC is supported by interested faculty and staff, members of the college’s senior leadership team, student volunteers, and an Advisory Board composed of individuals with a passion for and professional expertise in creating and enhancing intercultural leadership within an inclusive community.

 

The CILC  Board of Advisors meets regularly to advise the college in its progress towards the CILC goals and to offer moral and financial support to the Center.

 

Goals

  1. To assure that all Penn State Abington students have the opportunity to develop their intercultural competencies so that they graduate with the potential to serve as intercultural leaders in their chosen fields.
  2. To provide support, training, and rewards for Abington College faculty and staff who demonstrate intercultural awareness, competence, and leadership through their work-related or community-related activities.
  3. To encourage more students to study abroad, travel, research, or engage in public service or work abroad and/or in a setting outside their own cultural comfort zone.
  4. To offer interculturally-based language training in areas of greatest need in the region, such as healthcare, education, and social services.
  5. To provide intercultural leadership training to local and regional organizations, whether governmental, corporate, or not-for-profit entities. 
vision

CILC will become the premier resource in the Greater Philadelphia area in creating intercultural competencies and leadership among Abington College students, faculty, and staff as well as organizations in the surrounding communities.

mission

CILC serves a dual purpose: (1) to enhance and enrich Abington College as an inclusive community through intercultural experiences, international study, travel, research, and service; and through a faculty and staff who teach and model intercultural leadership and (2) to assist organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region in the development and fostering of their own inclusive environments.