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

Fall 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.  

Step Up, Speak Out: Bystander Intervention Training 

Monday, October 2, 2017, 11:30am-1pm, Location:  Library- DisCo 

This training session is designed to give community members knowledge, skills, and awareness to become pro-social bystanders in the Stonehill Community and beyond. Participants will: 

  • Learn about different types of bystanders and their actions. 
  • Better understand our Stonehill community expectations about bystander intervention.  
  • Develop a common language around microaggressions, bias incidents, and hate crimes. 
  • Learn techniques to become a pro-social bystander. 
  • Learn more about campus resources to support bystander intervention 

Audience: Faculty and staff 

FacilitatorsMembers of the Bias Incident Prevention & Response Team: Kristen Pierce, Director of Residence Life & Phyllis Thompson, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning 

How to register: email  

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 on specific sessions. Please bring your own lunch. 

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students.  

Exploring Religious Identity: The Muslim Faith  

Thursday, Sept. 28th 12-1pm, LocationCushing Martin 107

Come join us in a brown-bag discussion about the Muslim faith. We will come together to learn more about the religion of Islam and discuss ways that we can support, affirm, and celebrate members of the Stonehill community who identify as Muslim. People of all spiritual and religious identities are welcome to join this conversation. 

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

How to register: email 

Autism on Campus: Cultural Identity or Disability? 

Wednesday, Oct. 18th 12-1pm, LocationDuffy 135 

Let’s explore the notion of autism as a cultural identity versus a dysfunction that needs to be “cured.” It is more than a matter of semantics! We will dialogue about the neurodiversity movement and the implications for considering aspects of autism as disabling or, quite simply, as elements of human diversity.  

Facilitator: Eileen Bellemore, Director of Accessibility Resources 

How to register: email 

Affirming our Transracial Roots: How to support Transracial Adoptee Students 

Monday, December 4th12-1pm, LocationLibrary-DisCo  

This presentation will explore the experiences of transracial adoptee students and how they navigate the social construction of race. Many will need spaces of support and empowerment based on the same socially constructed identities. This session will summarize relevant research across disciplines and provide practical guidance for engaging with and supporting transracial adoptees.  

Facilitator: Julia Golden-Battle, M.Ed., Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, MCPHS University

Julia has worked in student affairs for 9 years.  Her passion for social justice, intersectionality, reflection and story-telling is what inspires and motivates her work within diversity. Julia feels the power of story-telling and dialogue are crucial in how we impact one another and make institutional and cultural change. Julia holds an M.Ed in Student Personnel Administration from Springfield College. She is proud to be one of the National Co-Chairs for the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community for National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) where her group won the 2017 Amigo Award at the 2017 national conference in San Antonio, Texas.  

How to register:  email 

What’s up Thursdays- a Community Conversation 

Dates: Sept. 21st, Oct. 5th, Oct. 19th, Nov. 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov. 30th 

Time & Location: 12pm-1pm, Location: Library- DisCo 
(Please note, Sept. 21 will be hosted in Duffy –135)  

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students  

Join us for a 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 (no registration required). This event is a collaboration between the following divisions: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Mission. 

Intercultural Affairs Book Club 

Fall Common Read: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Discussion Group Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 12-1pm: LocationDuffy 135 Please bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided 

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students  

Book Abstract: In The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives. (From 

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to Winners of the book will be notified on Friday, September 29th. Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion. 

Safe Zone Workshop 

Audience: Separate sessions for employees and students.  

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.  

Faculty & Staff Session: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 9am-11:30am
Students: No Session Scheduled (See Note Below)

NOTE: If individuals are interested but unable to attend a scheduled workshop, please email Patrick Hale at Our hope is to work with interested participants to determine a date and time that works for the group.  

Trans* 101 Workshop 

Audience: Separate sessions for employees and students.  

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. 

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.