Intercultural Leadership Seminar

February 29 - March 4, 2016


The Intercultural Leadership Seminar is an interactive 5-day program intended to provide approximately 30 currently enrolled full-time students with a deeper understanding of how to work more effectively in intercultural settings. The seminar design deliberately addresses attitudes, awareness, knowledge and skills as central aspects to developing intercultural competence.  Because ILS attracts those who are interested in cross-cultural issues, the seminar allows participants to have the unique opportunity to engage in intensive dialog with others from diverse backgrounds who share the commitment to increasing their own intercultural competence. 

This educational experience takes place over Spring Break at the Butzel Conference Center/Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, MI.  Tamarack Camps is located on over 1,250 gorgeous acres in northern Oakland County.  They have 3 private lakes and miles of trails through the woods, where the abundance of Tamarack wildlife can be viewed.  More information about the Butzel Conference Center/Tamarack Camps can be found at the Tamarack Campus website.

Intercultural Leadership Seminar is intended to help:

Develop a cultural knowledge base that one can draw upon to help understand the impact of culture upon leadership and intercultural interactions.
Develop a lifelong appreciation and respect for cultural differences.
Develop intercultural leadership skills that value and include cultural differences.

Day to Day Themes

Day 1:  Intersections of Leadership and Identity
Day 2:  Intercultural Communication and Conflict
Day 3:  Developing Personal and Group Leadership
Day 4:  Building Healthy Communities
Day 5:  Transforming the Experience

The ILS is FREE to Selected Participants

We will accept applications until filled.
All expenses including accommodations, meals, transportation, and program materials are offered free of charge to selected students.


“I have really enjoyed and received more than I had expected.  I came with an open mind and have grown into appreciating the beauty around me.  Best Spring Break ever!  I would like for ILS to continue and change the lives of others as it has done for us.”

“Because I was able to come here, what I have learned must be passed on.”

“The cultural exchange was fantastic and really showcased how wonderful our differences can be if we are properly educated.”

“This seminar was a landmark in my life.”