To facilitate connections among Communication scholars studying intercultural dialogue, as well as facilitate intercultural dialogue among Communication scholars throughout the discipline, by encouraging international collaborative research, serving as a source for grants, and serving as a clearinghouse for information.
*To facilitate international collaborative research examining a wide range of intercultural dialogue contexts, in addition to intercultural communication more generally, and to aid in the dissemination of the results of such research.
*To help Communication scholars interested in intercultural and international research connect across national boundaries by creating a website to serve as a clearinghouse for both information and funding.
*To obtain funding and distribute micro grants for intercultural research so Communication scholars can travel in order to develop, or take advantage of existing, international research connections.
Intercultural dialogue entails an exchange of views between individuals or groups having different ethnic, cultural, religious or linguistic backgrounds, requiring that participants listen to one another, but not that they end in agreement.
Intercultural research examines the systems of practices and meanings of any group and the impact of these cultural expectations on interaction between members of that group and others.