Intercultural Engagement

  • The Intercultural Engagement mission is twofold:  1) to provide multilingual families with the support and resources they need to ensure that their children achieve school success and 2) to strengthen cross-cultural connections in our community.  

  • Contact Us

    Gianna Pugliese
    Intercultural Outreach Coordinator

    Gianna Pugliese


    WDMCS Community Education Offices

    Learning Resource Center
    3550 Mills Civic Parkway
    West Des Moines, IA 50265



  • Within WDMCS

    The Intercultural Engagement team works directly with parents and families of English Learners (ELs) to empower them to become involved in all aspects of their children’s education. In collaboration with WDMCS and community organizations, we engage families through language-specific presentations, workshops, and orientations that focus on topics such as:

    • How to create an environment of learning at home
    • How to communicate effectively with school staff in spite of literacy and language barriers
    • How to connect to school and community resources
    • How to participate in their children’s learning for greater school success
    • Goals and expectations for WDMCS students

    The team also leads the following learning opportunities for EL students and their families:

  • In the Community

    The Intercultural Engagement team also promotes cross-cultural learning through community events and activities throughout the year. 


Last Modified on August 16, 2022