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Developing Across Differences: Designing Inclusive, Intercultural Organisations

Implementing structural changes and personal development initiatives for more inclusive, effective organisations
DAD Inclusive organisations

Organisations continue to realise the strategic benefits and social relevance of embracing diversity and inclusiveness within their operations. In our long experience, sustainable measurable progress is most likely to occur when both structural issues (policies, systems, measurement) are addressed and (inter)personal development is prioritised.

Why Attend?

Join this course to help your organisation—or those of your clients if you are an external consultant—be both diverse and inclusive. We’ll examine how to analyse the situation, obtain stakeholder inputs, and then cooperatively develop solutions that apply change management principles for systems and processes while simultaneously fostering individual level intercultural development.

We use case studies from successful corporate, higher education and government initiatives to demonstrate how this approach can be implemented and share insights to help you apply it. You will gain information from evidence-based theories, the faculty’s own successful experiences, plus concrete frameworks and tools to apply in your specific situation.

Practical Information
Dates & location

10-11 July 2024

Academy Building (Broerstraat 5) or Harmonie Building (Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 26)



May be appropriate for some MA students; contact the organisers for consultation about eligibility


€ 995
(includes course and materials, optional evening programming)

Academic coordinators

Dr. Nagesh Rao
Drs. Michaela Carrière


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Level requirements

The DAD is for multipliers who help individuals, organizations and societies better recognize, appreciate and use differences as a way of better communicating, working and thriving together.

These are (in-house and external) trainers, educators, consultants, coaches, researchers, scholars, facilitators, HR staff, advanced-level (MA+) students, and professional development specialists with 5+ years of experience/study in the greater Differences field. Contact the organisers at ic or info for consultation about appropriateness and eligibility.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Participant profile

This course is for you if are a in charge of or are a consultant/trainer/multiplier/educator who helps those who are:

● Leading or significantly supporting  the planning and/or implementation of an intercultural development training or education initiative for a corporation, educational institution, governmental department, healthcare facility, NGO or similar.

●  Already understand the fundamentals of intercultural competence with emphasis on individual level development and are ready to go further.

Learning outcomes

After this course you —and those you work with— will be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate the significance of being both diverse and inclusive organisations.
  2. Establish and implement an inclusion plan that considers both systems and processes on the organisational level as well as (inter)personal intercultural development on the individual level
  3. Develop and measure goals, policies and processes that promote inclusivity and diversity
  4. Implement and model customized cultural competency training and programming for stakeholders

12 hours of in-class learning and active participation using experiential methods.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 12 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

Sunday, 7 July
15.00-18.00 Optional networking event

Wednesday, 10 July - Thursday, 11 July

Learning approach

We will share concepts and real-life examples to illustrate how this dual approach has worked to successfully launch and measurably sustain diversity and inclusion initiatives in different types of workplaces.

Introduction to lecturers

Nagesh Rao, PhD
Currently based in the US, Dr. Nagesh Rao is an accomplished DEI trainer, coach, consultant and professor who uses intercultural competence, cultural humility, storytelling and intercultural listening to develop leaders in healthcare/medicine, education and business.

In Nagesh’s three+ decades of teaching, consulting and training, he has worked with clients in Fortune 500 corporations, top medical schools and hospitals, educational institutes and community-based non-profit organizations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

In 2017, Dr. Rao was named special advisor on inclusion and faculty affairs and asked to design and implement Ohio University (US) medical school’s Office of Inclusion. He has visiting lecturer appointments at numerous universities including the University of Groningen (Netherlands).


Drs Michaela Carrière
In addition to her role as Intercultural Competence Section Head and Lead Trainer at the University of Groningen/Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Michaela Carrière is the Programs Coordinator for the University’s Office of Diversity. Having established the University’s Intercultural Winter and Summer School programs and various initiatives to support the intercultural learning within international student mobility programmes, she is now in the process of developing a university-wide diversity and inclusion certification program.

A self-described global nomad and ‘Third Culture Kid’, Michaela has lived in India, Indonesia, and the USA, Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, as well as the Netherlands. Her research includes Intercultural Communication, International Education and Ethics. She consults with government ministries, NGOs and other clients throughout the Netherlands, helping them ‘create a culture for culture’ by achieving an internal critical mass of intercultural competence.

Application procedure
Deadline for application

Regular registration closes on 3 May 2023.
Late registration closes on 3 July 2023.

Date of selection

Within 72 hours following registration, you will be contacted directly by the organisers about your application.


Participants submit payment and details about their interest at the link below (click the "Apply now!" button). They will be contacted directly by the organisers about their experience and the suitability of the course.

Please note that as all courses are subject to meeting minimum enrolments, the DAD team will confirm on or before 17  May 2024 that your course is taking place. We strongly advise you not to book non-refundable travel until you have received this confirmation. In all cases, refunds for courses are not available except in the case of course cancellation by the DAD organisers. In the case that your preferred course is cancelled, you are welcomed to enroll in an alternative course or request a refund. You will be notified on or before 17 May 2024 if the DAD course is cancelled. This policy is different from that of other University of Groningen Summer School and Language Centre courses. Full details are available on the Developing Across Differences (DAD) Learning Lab & Community Week Terms and Conditions page.

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