NCBI International the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) was founded in 1984 in Washington, DC, as a nonprofit leadership training organization. NCBI works to eliminate prejudice and conflict in communities throughout the world. In 2017, UIS became a Campus Affiliate of NCBI. Selected members of the UIS campus community were trained as facilitators to present NCBI’s prejudice reduction workshops. Campus affiliates, such as the UIS Coalition Builders, exist across the country at universities such as the University of Iowa, North Carolina State University, University of Hawaii – West Oahu, Florida State University, and The Citadel.

Diversity Training – Cultural Competence – Crisis & Conflict – Custom Workshops

NCBI Principles

  • Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place
  • Every issue counts
  • Stories change attitudes
  • Skill-training leads to empowerment.
  • We need effective allies
  • Leaders deserve to be treated well

NCBI Philosophy

Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place. When people feel bad about themselves they do not have the courage to make constructive changes. Similarly, blaming people for their prejudicial attitudes only increases defensives, making it harder for people to take an honest look at the negative attitudes they have acquired, NCBI take a different approach. We treat every participant with respect. We have learned that when we are generous, mindful of each person’s dignity, we can effect change much more rapidly than if we employed confrontational methods. H

Every issue counts. NCBI stresses that every individual is important, as a result, we address a wide range of diversity issues in the course of the workshop, including rag e, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, job, and life circumstances. We make sure the diversity work includes everyone.

Stories change attitudes. At the heart of the one-day prejudice reduction workshop is the opportunity to tell and to listen to personal stories of discrimination, these stories have the power to impart a new perspective on the devastating impact of bigotry. Participants also learn new ways to become effective allies to each other.

Skill-training leads to empowerment. NCBI equips every participant with practical skills for taking on prejudicial behavior. For example, we teach people how they might shift the attitude of someone who has made an oppressive joke, remark, or slur.


The UIS NCBI campus affiliate is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Provost.