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 

Spring 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.  



Exploring Identity Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Exploring Identity Series is designed to facilitate conversation around the different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives at Stonehill College. See below for more information:


Considerations for Supervising Staff of Color
Date: Wednesday, January 25th
Time: 12pm-1pm, Location: Duffy 135

The session will explore two common reads to shape a basic understanding of how professionals of color navigate predominantly White campuses and workplace environments. Please register in advance to receive the short common reads in preparation for our conversation.

Facilitator: Connie Cabello, Director of Intercultural Affairs
To register email:


Educating the Heart & Mind: Religious Diversity at Stonehill
Date: Tuesday, February 14th 
Time: 12pm-1pm, Duffy 135

Join us for a brown-bag discussion about religious diversity on campus. We will discuss what religious diversity means, identify current challenges here at Stonehill as we strive to celebrate our religious diversity, and engage in dialogue about how we can ensure that those who hold underrepresented religious and spiritual identities are affirmed and welcomed here on campus. All are welcome, no matter their religious or spiritual traditions or beliefs, to share their experiences and hopes for Stonehill’s future.

Facilitator: Erica Stewart, Campus Minister for Community Service and Partnerships To register email:


Developing Class Consciousness at Stonehill
Date: Tuesday, April 18th
Time: 12pm-1pm, Location: LIBRARY, DISCO

Class identity is more than just socioeconomic status. Some poor and working class students face greater challenges in higher education because they feel unwelcome based on various types of capital – financial, cultural, social, linguistic, and/or navigational (Yosso, 2005). Join this session to explore class identity and learn how your office or department can be more inclusive in its practices and opportunities.

Facilitator: M. Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D.: Sonja Ardoin is a learner, educator, and facilitator serving as Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of higher education at Boston University. To register email:


Intercultural Affairs Book Club
“Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor”
 by James J. O’Connell

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students
Discussion Group Meeting: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Date: 12:00 noon-1:00 pm,
Location: Duffy 135

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

“Dr. O'Connell's collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.” Excerpt from To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to Winners of the book will be notified on Friday, February 3rd.
Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion,  please note the discussion will be on Wednesday, March 22nd


Safe Zone Workshop

FACULTY/ STAFF TRAINING: Thursday, February 2, 2016
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm Location: Duffy 135


To register email:
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: Thursday, February 16, 2016, 11am-1:30pm LOCATION: Duffy 135

STUDENT TRAINING: Monday, February 27, 2016, 4:30pm-7pm
LOCATION: Duffy 135 (food will be provided)

To register email:
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: January 26, February 9, February 23, March 16, March 30, April 20
Time & Location: 12pm-1pm, the DisCo   (Library first floor)

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.


Classroom Opportunities

If you are interested inviting a professional staff member to a class, workshop, seminar, panel, or special session, please contact our office by emailing or calling The Office of Intercultural Affairs at 508-565-1409 for availability. 

You may also want to check out our books Diversity: Untold Stories as well as Icebreakers and Teambuilders for Diversity