Soft Skills for Working in a Diverse Environment

What does it take to make it in graduate school and beyond? Aside from the technical skills and deep knowledge you build in a graduate level program, it’s the soft skills of relationship building, clear communication, and empathy that will make a difference in any employment or educational setting.

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Power, privilege and intersectional identities,
  • Different ways to understand and engage in conflict,
  • Identify and interrupt disrespectful language, and
  • Lean different ways to apologize when we make mistakes, because we all make mistakes from time-to-time.

Learning more about these essential interpersonal and professional skills will help in negotiating power dynamics, understand the influence of bias and the impact of microaggressions in both work and study. This is especially important when working across different (sub) disciplines, with other students and faculty from different places, spaces, and backgrounds, in and outside of the academy.


Registration details here

Note: You must first be enrolled in GradStart to register.

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This session is presented by Rachael E. Sullivan, PhD, who is a passionate educator in the areas of gender and sexual diversity, student leadership and Active Bystander interventions. After earning her doctorate from the Sociology Department, she taught for two years at UBC before joining the Equity & Inclusion Office in 2014. Since then, she has been involved in the Positive Space campaign, co-developing various workshops that promote equitable and inclusive approaches to teaching, learning, working, and living at UBC.