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Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI): Starting Your Intercultural Journey

June 7 - June 28


This program is divided into three scheduled meeting times, all held live-online via Zoom. Participation in all sessions is required to complete the program.

Group Session 1: June 7, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am

30-minute Personal Coaching: scheduled between June 8 and June 27, based on your availability

Group Session 2: June 28, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am

In this current era of social justice, a polarized nation, and an ever-changing workplace–even without the pandemic–it is more important than ever to understand your own intercultural competence and how it can affect others, both personally and professionally. This course will define intercultural competence, identify your own perspective regarding cultural similarities and differences, your strengths and weaknesses in this area, and also help you to identify those of others. It is crucial to not only better understand ourselves, but others as well if we want to find success as leaders, teammates, and community members.

Program Overview

Prior to the first group class, participants will complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment. This 50-item online questionnaire usually takes participants 15 – 20 minutes to complete. The cost of the assessment is included in the course fee.

Participants will join the instructor live via Zoom for two group classes, June 7 and June 28, 2022 from 9:00am – 11:00am.

During these classes, you’ll discuss questions like:

What is Intercultural Competence?

What are the 5 orientations to describe your Intercultural Competence according to the IDI?

How might someone talk/think/act in each of the 5 orientations?

What are specific ways/action items for someone to develop their intercultural competence further on the developmental continuum?

How can you apply this knowledge about yourself and others to your current career?

A 30-minute virtual coaching call will be scheduled between the group classes. This session is an opportunity for you and the instructor to discuss your personal orientation and individualized report from taking the IDI assessment. You will have the base knowledge you need from the first group session to interpret the information, so you can focus entirely on your intercultural experiences, assessment score, reflections, and plan moving forward. Meeting independently of the group classes also allows for confidentiality when discussing these potentially sensitive topics.


Sarah Wolters has been an educator for over 10 years, serving in many roles during that time. Beyond her time in the classroom, Sarah worked as the Field Specialist in 4-H Youth Development for Clay County, Missouri for 5 years. During this time, she took on leadership roles both at the state and national level regarding outreach and DEI efforts. Sarah has been a Qualifying Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory since 2020 and has used that certification to work with teens, young adults, and professionals. She has presented nationally on the uses for this tool and how to incorporate it into your organization’s DEI efforts.

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