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Intercultural Development: Connect

The Intercultural Development (ID) co-curriculum engages everyone at Saint Mary's to build an inclusive community.  Facilitated by trained student ID Leaders, ID fosters interpersonal communication skills, identity development, and allyship.


Each month, Intercultural Development (ID) student leaders hold monthly CONNECT sessions in all first-year residence halls aimed at helping students meet others in their community as well as discover elements of their identity they might not have previously thought about.

Each CONNECT session is 60-90 minutes long and is designed around an activity and open dialogue which allow residents to bond and CONNECT with their residential community. The ID program is a great opportunity for students to ask questions, discuss current issues, and take time out of their busy schedules to reflect. Each session is framed within the concept of “respect,” and we urge all participants to share their stories in a safe environment.


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported Connect this year. The 2015-16 ID Leaders had the best time getting to know and spend time with all of you. Though we'll miss everyone over the summer, we can't wait to CONNECT with incoming first-year students during Weekend of Welcome in August 2016. See you then!                                                                      


Invest sessions are student-facilitated community dialogues on hot button issues that give the Saint Mary's Community a place to come together and discuss a range of topics.

Practicing Controversy with Civility

2015-2016 Dialogues:
  • Invest: Mental Illness Merch 
Thurs, 9/17 at 5:00 p.m.  
  • Invest: Playing Like a Girl: Deconstructing Sexism in Sports 
Thurs, 10/1 at 6:00 p.m.  
  • Invest: Bro Code: Do You Know It?
Thurs, 10/15 at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Invest: School Swap: No Neighborhood Left Behind?
Thurs, 11/19 at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Invest: Queuing Up Queerness: LGBT+ Representation in Children's Media 
Thurs, 1/21 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Invest: Our Bodies, Our Health: A Women's Health Forum
Thurs, 2/11 at 6:00 p.m.  
  • Invest: Private Browsing 
Thurs, 3/17 at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Invest: Glorifying White Crime
Thurs, 4/7 at 5:30 p.m.


All Invests take place in the IC at either 5, 5:30, or 6 p.m. See Spring 2016 schedule above.


                      Meet Your 2015-2016 ID Leaders! 

                 (From left to right) Diego Rocha (Sociology, 2016), Monica Daggett (Environmental Science and WAGS, 2018), Marisela Ornelas (Biology, 2016), Desmond Hatter (Business Administration, 2018), Natalie Antolin (WAGS and Interactive Theater, 2018), Miranda Heaney (Sociology and WAGS, 2017), Taylor Gida (Biology and English, 2016), Kimi Schiefer (English and Creative Writing, 2018)


 Want to know what it's like to be an ID Leader? See the a day in the life video below or check it out here! :)