Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
Ph. (574) 284-4059
Mana Derakhshani, PhD., Associate Director, Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
Alice Siqin Yang, PhD., Assistant Director, Global Education
Ph. (574) 284-4263
Terra Sniadecki, M.S., International Student/Scholar Advisor and English Language School
Martha Smith, B.S., Project Director, Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative
Linda Biggins, M.S., Administrative Assistant
Ph. (574) 284-4051
Pamela Blair, Administrative Assistant
Ph. (574) 284-4061
Projects & Campaigns
- Catalyst Experience: Traveling conversation focused on women as social change agents
- Intercultural Leadership Certificate:Helping students develop their leadership potential
- Leadership Resources: links to web sites in the Michiana community
The Global Education component of CWIL offers Saint Mary’s students three ways to engage with other cultures. First, we oversee and promote a variety of study abroad programs and a student travel grant fund to extend global learning beyond campus borders. Second, our international student services and student club, facilitate cross cultural connection among students on campus. Finally, we support interculturalization of our curriculum through faculty development and course work for study abroad returnees.
Reports & Resources
Hegemony and the sexual commodification of women in the Japanese media. T. Carilli & J. Campbell (Eds.), Women in the media: Global perspectives. Lanham, MD: University Press of America., 2004.
Critical Ethnography of My Aunt's Suicide: Intergenerational Family Conflict in Japan. Human Communication: A Journal of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association, 6 (1), 59-79. 2003.
A female teacher and sexual harassment in a Japanese women's junior college: A case study. Women and Language, 25 (1), 8-13.
“Disparate Treatment at Southern State.” Saint Louis: Emerson Center for Business Ethics, 2003.
“Developmental Democracy and Its Inclusions: Globalization and the Transformation of Participation.”Signs. 29 (2004): 417-37.
Moon Won’t Leave Me Alone: Reflections on Identity, Family and Community. San Francisco: California Poets in the Schools, 2003.
An Illustrated Guide to Things Unseen, University of Arizona Press, September, 2006.
Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home, Johnson Books, Summer, 2005.
Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. (forthcoming)
Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. (forthcoming)
Rabéa Naciri. “The Integration of the Human Rights of Women from the Middle East and North Africa in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.” Denmark: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, 2003.
El Paso del Norte. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2003.
The Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) marks 10 years of fostering the intercultural competence critical for the next generation of women leaders across the Saint Mary's campus, connecting with communities at the local, state, national, and global levels.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The Global Education component of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership offers several types of competitive mini grants to the entire Saint Mary's community in order to support the intercultural dimension of learning across our campus.
Saint Mary’s College, a Catholic, four-year liberal arts institution for women located approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, established the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) through support of a Lilly Endowment, Inc. grant. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership seeks to increase awareness of the importance of intercultural dialogue in today’s world, to highlight the leadership roles women have adopted in such dialogue, and to foster the next generation of women leaders. In pursuit of these goals, the Center offers two different types of fellowships, which are joint appointments with academic departments.
Interlocking activities between CWIL and the academic and student life programs is vital to the mission of Saint Mary’s College. Through the sponsorship of programs, projects, and events CWIL fosters mutual cooperation across the campus in the formation of women leaders, exploration of topics concerning intercultural realities and supporting the pedagogical innovations, artistic expression and educative facets of these efforts.