About the Centre for Intercultural Communication

Established in 1982, the UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication (CIC) designs and delivers programs to promote effective intercultural communication. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, CIC provides programs and services for individuals, educational institutions, professional associations, government agencies and corporations. Participants develop:

  • a broad range of perspectives and understanding of diverse populations, both multicultural and international
  • self-awareness of personal beliefs and attitudes that influence interactions with colleagues and clients
  • specific skills and strategies for working and learning across cultures.

CIC envisions a society in which all people are fully able to live, work, grow and engage in equitable and inclusive communities that value diversity in all its forms. We aim to provide transformative educational experiences that challenge conventional attitudes and practices, and foster respectful intercultural leadership and engagement across differences.  We aim to embody our values and our work through:

  • Learning – empowering and supporting ourselves and others to achieve excellence
  • Curiosity – deepening inquiry and knowledge, and building appreciation across cultures and communities
  • Interconnectedness – connecting across differences, perspectives, borders to build capacity as individuals, communities and organizations.
  • Passion – fueling our spirits to engage and daring us to imagine and seek new possibilities
  • Inclusion – creating inclusive and respectful communities that appreciate and value differences
  • Social Responsibility – participating actively to create a just world.


Together the CIC staff has over six decades of overseas experience working in the areas of education, archaeology, international development, intercultural relations and finance in North and South America, South and East Asia, Europe and Africa.

ROLSTON, Karen Director
MARSHALL, Pat Senior Manager
PAULRAJAN, Joenita Program Manager
DONALDSON, Jamie K. Program Manager
DE TRENQUALYE, Madeleine Senior Program Assistant
PIOTROWSKI, Marcelina Program Manager
WU, Emily Program Coordinator
TANG, Rose Client Services Representative
WONG, Kayla Finance Clerk


CIC instructors and facilitators bring intercultural expertise and experience from their own varied cultural backgrounds. Learn more about them by viewing their biographies.


About CIC


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