PSD Workshops

Intercultural Competence Workshops

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion offers intercultural competence workshops which create supportive spaces for students to engage in meaningful conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion. These workshops are designed for various audiences and can be tailored to fit any group whether it be as an in-classroom presentation or co-curricular experience (i.e., student organization meeting, student leader training, leadership/diversity conference, etc.).

Workshop descriptions and categories:

The Bystander Intervention Training invites participants to reassess the role the community has in preventing power-based personal violence (dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking), encourages participants to believe that their contribution matters, and engages participants in education that will expand their knowledge base and skill set to take action.

To engage meaningfully with others interculturally, we must first begin to understand who we are. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to enhance participants’ understanding of their personal and social identities and their capacity for continuous self-reflection. This will be an introductory workshop designed for those who are relatively new to conversations about diversity and identity.

What is intercultural competence and is it important? How does one cultivate intercultural competence? Join us as we answer these questions and more in laying the foundation for greater understanding across differences.

This workshop exposes participants to basic concepts of LGBTQ cultural competence, including concepts of language, identity terms, inclusion practices, and campus resources.

This workshop encourages students to share their viewpoints and explore how they may be similar or different from others in order to begin to interrogate not only what our opinions are, but also the impact they may have on others and ourselves. Students will be asked to engage with others in respectful dialogue and inquiry to learn more about how viewpoints are formed.

Where do our assumptions come from? What is the difference between assumptions and judgments? When do we show “different” parts of ourselves? How does this relate to code-switching? Have you ever judged a book by its cover? In this interactive workshop, participants will begin to answer these questions while exploring the concepts of bias, stereotyping, socialization, and societal norms.

Request a Workshop

Submit a workshop request - please use your UChicago credentials to log in to Microsoft Forms.

Important Information:

  • Each workshop can be conducted virtually or in person.
  • We ask that all workshops be requested at least two (2) weeks in advance of the desired presentation date.
  • You will be contacted by a member of our staff within two (2) business days of your submission to confirm the availability of facilitators and for any follow-up inquiries.
  • The minimum number of participants can vary between workshops, but approximately 5-6 is a good starting point. The maximum number of participants for each workshop is 40 participants. If your group is larger than the indicated maximum number of participants for the workshop, we are happy to split your group up and conduct multiple sessions of the requested workshop(s) to accommodate larger groups. For special requests where splitting a group is not ideal, please inform the PSD staff member who reaches out to schedule your workshop.
  • The requesting entity is asked to provide both the space and technology for presentations. If the workshop is to take place virtually, the requesting entity is asked to set up the virtual meeting and invite all pertinent attendees. The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will always send the requestor a calendar invite for a virtual Zoom meeting, which the requesting entity is welcome to use.
  • Each session can be tailored to fit varying time periods; the minimum amount of time needed for facilitation is 50 minutes.
  • If you are unsure of which workshop you need or would like a workshop to cover specific topics not listed above, please fill out the request form and indicate your desired goals and learning outcomes in the form. Our staff can assist you in making the most appropriate selection, or design a workshop to fit your class'/group's needs.
  • The general purpose of these workshops is to create interactive spaces to engage in dialogue about social identity and intercultural competence. If your class, group, or organization is seeking mediation, BEST and the Office of the Student Ombudsperson can serve as a resource.
  • The intended audience for PSD workshops is PSD students. If you are seeking a workshop for PSD staff and/or faculty or for an external campus partner, please indicate this in the workshop request form and we will work with you to find a facilitator.