Are you looking to increase intercultural capacity at your college, university, or higher education organization?

What if you had a team of skilled faculty and staff who could serve as intercultural leaders and trainers on your campus? 

Tell me if this sounds familiar...

Your institution has a mission statement, vision, or strategic plan that refers to something such as internationalization, intercultural competence, global learning, cultural humility, or similar, but it’s unclear how exactly that goal will be accomplished.

Or maybe it is clear: the focus is on sending more students abroad and/or recruiting more international students.

But YOU know that’s not enough. 

✔ The international students on your campus are not really interacting with local students and vice versa.

✔ Many study abroad participants are not engaging with their host community.

✔ Your faculty and staff do not represent the diversity of your student body, and oftentimes don’t know how to best support students from different cultural backgrounds.

So no, sending more students abroad and recruiting more international students is not enough.

Simply bringing people into contact with cultural difference is not going to magically make this a more inclusive, equitable world.

You know the institution needs to do more and you’d like to lead the way. But you also know you can’t do it alone.

You recognize that producing more interculturally competent students starts by building intercultural capacity among the faculty and staff. But how do you do that?!

After all, you’re busy! Not to mention you’re not an intercultural trainer.

If this sounds familiar, the Intercultural Educators Academy can help.

Imagine having a team of skilled faculty and staff who are able to not only help you spread the word about the importance of intentionally facilitating intercultural development, but also train and support their peers to do so effectively. . . 

The True North Intercultural Philosophy

In order to help educators become effective intercultural leaders and trainers on your campus, we focus on three areas:


Understanding key intercultural concepts and theories


Developing our own intercultural competence


Learning to facilitate others’ intercultural development

Intercultural Educators Academy is way more than an online course. 

It’s a year-long, highly-supportive training and coaching program designed to prepare faculty and staff to serve as intercultural leaders and facilitators on your campus.

Through online content, group coaching, 1:1 coaching, personal assessments, access to time-saving curricular materials and more, the Intercultural Educators Academy is designed to develop participants’ intercultural competence, teach them how to design and facilitate intercultural learning, and provide ongoing support and feedback as they begin implementing.

Working directly with me, participants will:

  • Understand their own intercultural strengths and challenges and work through a personal intercultural development plan
  • Learn important intercultural concepts, theories, and frameworks and how to make these their own so they can teach them effectively
  • Learn key intercultural pedagogical practices
  • Develop an intercultural curriculum or training and receive feedback to help improve their skills in this area
  • Facilitate at least one intercultural training or similar and receive support and feedback throughout the process

Graduates of the Intercultural Educators Academy become intercultural leaders and trainers, helping you implement your institutional goals.

Those who complete the program will also earn a Certificate in Intercultural Teaching & Learning from True North Intercultural.

Want to learn more?

Are you a higher education leader interested in developing a team of intercultural trainers at your institution? Let's talk! Just answer a few questions about your institution and goals, and schedule a call to discuss further details about the Intercultural Educators Academy!


Building intercultural capacity at your institution can help you...

Attract and retain amazing faculty and staff who can effectively and appropriately support a diverse study body.

Help faculty and staff integrate intercultural learning or a global perspective into their teaching/work.

Recruit and retain more international students, and any students who want to feel seen and appreciated for who they are, by fostering a more inclusive climate.

Improve the intercultural learning experiences that you offer (at home and abroad) and outcomes for all involved.

Increase buy-in around your institution’s interculturally-related goals.

Is Your Institution Ready?

Here’s what’s needed on your end:

  • A team of faculty/staff interested in and committed to intercultural learning. (I HIGHLY recommend enrolling a group so that they can support one another and work together during and after the program.)
  • Institutional commitment to support participants’ learning and growth. Consider how you might shift responsibilities to give participants the time and space to learn and implement so your institution can maximize the benefits of the program.
  • A financial investment. This program is not cheap, but it’s a steal if you consider that you are building an internal team of people that can help you move your intercultural goals forward, providing support and training for others across the institution. Compared to what you’d pay for a consultant or equivalent graduate credits, it’s a bargain. (And have you considered what a potential cultural gaffe could cost your institution if not?!)

In return, you will get a team of faculty/staff who:

  • Understand what intercultural learning is and why it’s important, who can also share that message with others across campus.
  • Can incorporate intercultural learning into their teaching, study abroad programming, international student services, advising, or other work.
  • Have the knowledge and support to start offering intercultural trainings to their peers.
  • Can bring an intercultural lens to everything they do from here forward.

If you don’t think your institution is ready for such a commitment at this time, no problem. If you think the benefits are worth the investment, keep reading.

What Others Are Saying

"Working with Tara has been an eye-opening pleasure which has not only allowed me to explore and deepen my own perspectives on the fascinating field of intercultural learning, but has also empowered me to begin introducing these perspectives with my students and faculty and staff colleagues. Tara Harvey is an extraordinary teacher and coach who helps us work through how best to achieve our teaching goals and gives us the tools and teaching activities to do so."

Juliette Monet
Director of Study Abroad & Associate Director of JYF in Paris, Sweet Briar College

"I have so enjoyed this [program] and I do not want it to end (even though I know the learning will continue—best takeaway). I have loved having a space for reflection and dialogue with all of you [in my cohort]. I have been distance learning grad-schooling-it for a year now in my off hours… and the distance learning in this [program] certainly filled me up far more than my other coursework this semester. Thank you, Tara... it has been a refreshing and inspiring learning venture."

Cyan Corwine
Coordinator of International Education, Alfred State, State University of New York College of Technology

"Within the field of education and life in the 21st century, it is hard to make time to reflect. [Tara] really helped me see the value in mindfulness and develop reflective practices. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to enhance their own intercultural competency and positively impact the intercultural competency of their students. It helps you to “see” and teaches the value of enhancing your global mindset with intentionality."

Greg Rafal
Program Manager, Center for Global Business, University of Maryland

Meet the Facilitator:
Tara Harvey, Ph.D.

An experienced international educator who deeply understands how to facilitate transformative learning and growth through intercultural experiences.

If you’re on this page, you likely already know a bit about me. I have broad experience in the field of international education (I’ve taught English abroad and worked in both study abroad and international student services) and a deep understanding of the process of intercultural development and how to facilitate it (I’ve taught courses, conducted research, and provided coaching and training to other intercultural educators). For more information about my background, click here.

I’ve spent years training and supporting faculty and staff to effectively facilitate others’ intercultural learning. And I created the Intercultural Educators Academy to help you develop leaders who can do the same at your institution or organization.

But I don’t just teach educators how to do it; I support them throughout the process so that they feel confident and competent as they navigate the journey. Because knowing how to facilitate others’ intercultural learning is not the same as actually doing it well.

So if you’re ready to get started building intercultural capacity at your institution, I’d like to help.

Want to learn more?

Are you a higher education leader interested in developing a team of intercultural trainers at your institution? Let's talk! Just answer a few questions about your institution and goals, and schedule a call to discuss further details about the Intercultural Educators Academy!


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