This six-session course helps participants acquire the knowledge, language, behavioral, and cultural skills necessary to navigate within a diverse and inclusive community. 

Questions? Contact
Jabril Robinson



CCEM uses the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool to assesses how we experience difference and commonalities. The IDI tool coupled with an Intercultural Development Plan (IDP) provides participants with the support needed to increase their level of cultural competence.

CCEM is offered in two formats:

Open Enrollment

This is comprised of six 2.5-hour sessions.
Each Session takes place from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, in person.

Fall 2022 Session Dates:

  • Session I - September 29, 2022
  • Session II - October 13, 2022
  • Session III - October 27, 2022
  • Session IV - November 10, 2022
  • Session V - December 1, 2022
  • Session VI - December 8, 2022

Participation in the CCEM Program requires:

  • Attending all six (6) sessions.
  • Completion of assigned readings, tasks, etc. 
  • Engagement in ongoing reflection, via journaling, etc.
  • Actively working on your Individual Development Plan (IDP).
  • Commitment to and responsibility for your learning and development.

Department Implementation

Departments interested in participating in CCEM, please contact Patricia Lowe at 617-552-3334 or email


 Introduction to Cultural Competence and the IDI Group Debriefs

The first module of CCEM introduces participants to the program and the activities, defines key terms and themes, and introduces the IDI, including the specific orientations on the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC).

Cultural Diversity

Module 2 highlights the five approaches to diversity and inclusion, and then gives an in-depth analysis of culture and how it emerges in lived experiences.

Emotional Intelligence

Participants receive a framework of awareness and skills to build emotional intelligence needed for everyday conversations, including ones that may be uncomfortable or difficult.

Modern Isms and Internalized Oppression

Module 4 explores target and non-target group dynamics of people that experience the different types of oppression, and introduces the concept of intersectionality. The module reviews modern isms and internalized oppression, microaggressions, and what can be done to be an ally.

Race and Privilege

The fifth module unpacks race and racism, the concept of race literacy, how race is likely experienced on the IDI continuum, as well as white privilege and how to identify and make privilege visible.

Gender and Privilege

The final CCEM module tackles gender and privilege, including how Catholic colleges like Boston College can be a welcoming place for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Participants then receive a framework allyship, and then tie all of their learning back to the IDP.