“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race”
The Institute for the Study of Cultural Diversity (ISCD) was founded in 1992 under the Direction of Dr. Robert Littlefield to promote the dissemination of ideas, knowledge and understanding between cultures. ISCD is based on the belief that we share an ethical responsibility to deepen our knowledge of multi-culturality, so as to reduce conflict and promote tolerance in a world of diverse and interdependent peoples.
ISCD also aims to promote the study of cultural diversity in the classroom. At the current time, ISCD offers an Intercultural Communication course (COMM 216), which intends to broaden students' understanding and critical thinking skills with regards to cultural differences and cross-cultural interactions. The course in now a fundamental requirement for numerous undergraduate programs at North Dakota State University, such as Public Relations and Advertising, Management Communication, Agricultural Communication, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Additionally, ISCD provides referrals and information on intercultural topics, conducts research on intercultural issues, holds educational and public awareness events, and supports professional activities in the field on issues related to community building and collaboration with student groups on campus.
ISCD will maintain academic relationships with the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach, the Department of Communication, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. ISCD is open to affiliations with other relevant parties from across the campus.