About Staff Language and Culture Services

  • Working to manage success in a diverse workforce through Cultural Coaching and Linguistic Enhancement for all staff. 
  • Fostering a diverse and productive workforce.
  • Expanding communication opportunities across varied languages and cultures.

Our Mission

Staff Language and Culture Services strives to strengthen the cultural and linguistic competencies of all staff at the University of Iowa.

We work in support of the University of Iowa's goals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace.  

We support the University's core values of diversity, community, and respect by encouraging an environment in which cooperation, communication, and respect can flourish among persons from a variety of backgrounds.

Our Goals and Services

Our main goal is to assist English Language Learning employees and those they work with at all stages of employment, in order to advance the employee's productivity and success in the workplace. 

Job Recruitment

Attend meetings of community groups and minority organizations. Assist at job fairs. Translate job announcements.

The Application and Hiring Process

Assisting in online applications, supporting career goals by editing and coaching in all aspects of the application process. 

Work Orientation

Facilitate special work and safety training for English Language Learning hires. Translate training and safety documents. 


Deliver cross-cultural communication training. Facilitate problem-solving and cross-cultural issues for work groups with English Language Learner employees. Translate and/or interpret for work-related business and concerns . Locate  volunteers to assist in languages which SLCS does not possess.

English Language Learner Onboarding Events

Arrange periodic Onboarding events with key University offices to orient new English Language Learner employees.

Professional Development

Teach workplace-specific English classes for English Language Learning employees. Provide workplace Spanish classes for co-workers and supervisors. Interpret training sessions. Orient employees to the management styles of different cultures.

Contact Information

Organizational Effectiveness

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States