Workshops and Trainings

The staff in the Office of Intercultural Affairs is available for consultation and training on issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and identity development.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Workshops and Trainings 

Summer 2017 Schedule 

The Office of Intercultural Affairs helps to lead the campus in creating both a diverse and inclusive community. We believe in the inherent dignity of each person and seek to affirm, honor and embrace the differences that shape a more robust living and learning community. We encourage community members to participate in the following educational opportunities.  

Intercultural Affairs Book Club:  

“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students
Discussion Group Meeting Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 12:00-1pm

Please bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

From “Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.”

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to Winners of the book will be notified on June 15th, 2017 . Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion.

Safe Zone Workshop

FACULTY/ STAFF TRAINING: No date, time, or location is set at this time. If individuals are interested, please email Patrick Hale at Our hope is to work with interested participants to determine a date and time that works for the group.
This program is designed to educate those who want to serve as allies to individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). Community members participate in Safe Zone workshops to better understand information, terms, and experiences of those who identify has LGBT. At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals may choose to post a "Stonehill Safe Space" card on their door. This card symbolizes that the person has engaged in conversations to serve as a resource for LGBT community members. We reserve the "Stonehill Safe Space" cards particularly for those who attended a training at Stonehill because we have conversations unique to our Catholic identity and mission.

Trans* 101 Workshop

FACULTY/ STAFF TRAINING: FACULTY/ STAFF TRAINING: No date, time, or location is set at this time. If individuals are interested, please email Patrick Hale at Our hope is to work with interested participants to determine a date and time that works for the group.
This entry-level session is designed to offer participants a deeper understanding of transgender and non-binary gender identities. Participants will learn basic language, history, and data related to trans* college students.


“What’s up Thursdays- a Community Conversation”

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students
Dates: May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17
Time & Location: 12pm-1pm, DisCo in the LIbrary

No registration required.
Join us for a bi-weekly brown bag lunch series entitled “What’s up Thursdays- a Community Conversation”. The goal of our time together is to deepen dialogue and reflection about national occurrences surrounding issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. As a group we will develop a space to join in community to discuss and process the events and their impact of self, others, and community. Feel free to drop in and be prepared to dialogue on the topic of the week. This event is a collaboration between the following divisions: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Mission.