Workshops and Training

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 

Fall 2016 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: “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” by Joshua Davis

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students

Discussion Group Meeting: Tuesday, November 8th, 12-1pm, Duffy 135 

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

“In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn't pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition—and yet, against all odds . . . they won! But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story—which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement—will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan.

Joshua Davis's Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country—even as the country tried to kick them out.” Excerpt from

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to Winners of the book will be notified on Friday, September 23rd. Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion.

Safe Zone Workshop

FACULTY/ STAFF TRAINING: Wednesday, October 12th, 1:30pm-4pm, Duffy 135

STUDENT TRAINING: Tuesday, October 18th, 4:30pm-7pm, Cleary Dining Room

To register email:

Our Safe Zone program is designed to educate students, staff and faculty 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, October 20th, 2pm-4pm, Duffy 135

STUDENT TRAINING: Thursday, October 27th, 5pm-7pm, Cleary Dining Room

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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: September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27, November 10, December 1

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.

NASPA Live Briefings: Social Justice Series

Audience: Faculty & Staff

This past year, NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) sponsored a series of thoughtful professional development opportunities for the student affairs community centered on social and racial justice. At Stonehill, we will share the recordings of three of these live briefings.

Where do we go from here? Demonstrating Sensitive, Caring and Justice-Centered Leadership

Wednesday, September 14, 2-3pm Duffy 135

A live briefing following the activism in Fall 2015. This recording will feature a roster of leaders in our field to candidly discuss ways that our profession and our institutions should move forward. More info:

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Moving Beyond Lip Service: Ideas for Infusing Social Justice into Your Campus

Monday, October 3rd 1-2pm, Cleary Dining Room

A session led by Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington about developing socially just campus policies and procedures. More info here:

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Further Conversations around Where Do We Go from Here

Tuesday, November 1, 9-10am, Duffy 135

An open conversation led by Drs. Shaun Harper and Lori Patton Davis after the tragic killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. More info:

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Leading from Joy, Not Pain

Friday, December 2nd, 10-11am, Duffy 135

Dr. Mamta Accapadi facilitates a conversation centered on self-care during these times. More info here;

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Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals Webinar

Supporting Students through National Trauma

Friday, November 10th, 1-2pm, Location TBA  

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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