Workshops and Trainings

Sponsored by the Human Resources Department and the Office of Intercultural Affairs

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Workshops

Fall 2018 Schedule to be posted in August. 


Spring 2018 Schedule

Sponsored by the Human Resources Department and the Office of Intercultural Affairs 

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, learning, and working community. We encourage community members to participate in the following educational opportunities.  

Lead with Courage: Bystander Intervention Training 

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 

The facilitators are members of the Bias Incident Prevention & Response Team.

Student Training: Monday, February 26th, 6:30-7:45pm, Location Duffy 114

Facilitators: Kevin Piskadlo- Associate VP for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students, Mike Labella- Director of Community Standards, Pamela Lombardi- Assistant Professor of Chemistry  

Dinner provided! Please email to register so we have an accurate headcount. Please indicate any accommodations needed.  

Faculty/Staff Training: Tuesday, February 27th, 12pm-1:15pm, Location: DisCo, MacPhádín Library

Facilitators: Connie Cabello - Director of Intercultural Affairs, Lily Krentzman - Director of Human Resources, Shayla Jordan - Human Resources Generalist

Lunch provided! Please email to register so we have an accurate head count. Please indicate any accommodations needed.

How to register: email  

Exploring Identity Lunch Series  

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

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students.  

Lived Experiences of Undocumented Students on College Campuses

Monday, February 12th, 12-1pm, Location: DisCo, MacPhádín Library

During this session, participants will learn about the experiences of the undocumented student population. They will learn about the different challenges undocumented students face and what this means with our current climate. Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own knowledge, and have a better understanding on how they can support undocumented students. 

Facilitator: Jazmin Ramirez, Graduate Intern - Intercultural Affairs  

Lunch provided! Please email to register so we have an accurate headcount. Please indicate any accommodations needed.

First-Generation College Students 

Thursday, April 12th, 12-1pm, Location: DisCo, MacPháidín Library 

During this interactive session, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own personal narratives while also gaining a greater understanding of the issues that face First-Generation College Students both here at Stonehill and beyond.  Participants will learn about the struggles that first-gens face while navigating the higher-education system.  The session will close with a discussion on how to create an inclusive yet diverse campus. 

Facilitators: Connie Cabello, Director of Intercultural Affairs & Shannon Balliro, Assistant Director of Academic Services & Advising

Lunch provided! Please email to register so we have an accurate headcount. Please indicate any accommodations needed.

What’s Up Thursdays - A Community Conversation 

Dates: Jan. 25th, Feb. 8th, March 1, March 15th, April 5th, April 19th 

Time & Location: 12pm-1pm, Location: DisCo, MacPháidín Library 
Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students

Join us for a BYOL (bring your own 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 

Spring Common Read: Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention by Jamal Joseph 

Discussion Group Meeting: Monday, March 26th, 12-1pm: Location: Duffy 135

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

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students  

Book Abstract:  In the 1960s he exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today he’s chair of their School of the Arts film division. Jamal Joseph’s personal odyssey—from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia—is as gripping as it is inspiring. Eddie Joseph was a high school honor student, slated to graduate early and begin college. But this was the late 1960s in Bronx’s black ghetto, and fifteen-year-old Eddie was introduced to the tenets of the Black Panther Party, which was just gaining a national foothold. By sixteen, his devotion to the cause landed him in prison on the infamous Rikers Island—charged with conspiracy as one of the Panther 21 in one of the most emblematic criminal cases of the sixties. When exonerated, Eddie—now called Jamal—became the youngest spokesperson and leader of the Panthers’ New York chapter. He joined the “revolutionary underground,” later landing back in prison. Sentenced to more than twelve years in Leavenworth, he earned three degrees there and found a new calling. He is now chair of Columbia University’s School of the Arts film division—the very school he exhorted students to burn down during one of his most famous speeches as a Panther. In raw, powerful prose, Jamal Joseph helps us understand what it meant to be a soldier inside the militant Black Panther movement. He recounts a harrowing, sometimes deadly imprisonment as he charts his path to manhood in a book filled with equal parts rage, despair, and hope. (abstract from 

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to Winners of the book will be notified on Friday, January 19th. Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion. 

Workshops and Trainings Available Upon Request

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 you.

Moving Beyond Talk: Practicing Allyship

Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students.

To be an ally to a community is more than simply believing that underrepresented groups deserve equal rights and respect. Being an ally is about being an active agent of change in promoting equity and inclusion. For this workshop, participants will engage in dialogue about what it means to truly serve as an ally to underrepresented groups. This training is open to faculty, staff, and students.

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.   

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. 

UndocuAlly Workshop 

Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students.  

This workshop is designed to educate participants who want to serve as allies to undocumented students. Participants will gain a foundational knowledge on the history, laws and policies affecting undocumented students, while gaining a deeper understanding on the different challenges lived by this student population.  They will discuss what it means to be an ally and how to become an ally for undocumented students within the Stonehill community.