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Equity and Inclusion

Listening Forum - Communicating across Cultures and Differences

Date: 12:00pm - 4:00pm PST February 18, 2017 Location: Legal Research Center, Student Lounge

Legal Research Center, Student Lounge

Lunch Provided: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

In this forum members from the entire Lewis & Clark community will work to improve our listening skills and our cross‐cultural communication.

The forum and lunch are co-sponsored by the committee on diversity and inclusion, the provost’s office, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the law school diversity committee.

The facilitators for this event are Lee Mun Wah and John Lenssen from StirFry Communications. StifFry Communications describes the forum as follows: Cross‐cultural communication is an art that requires our utmost awareness and understanding. The subtleties are everywhere‐ within a simple question, an insignificant omission, the gesture of a hand or a facial expression. In this training, we will explore how to mindfully transform those subtleties into authentic relationships, where everyone on campus can feel valued and acknowledged for their many gifts and contributions.    

Participants will do the following: 

1. Learn Mindful Interventions to de‐escalate conflicts

2. Learn the Art of Mindfully Listening and Responding

3. Learn what opens up and what closes down conversations

4. Learn Advanced Empathetic Responses

5. Learn a variety of ways to re-frame our perceptions

6. Explore different methods that can help create a sense of community between diverse groups

7. Practice vignettes on various issues


Thousands of participants from educational, government, corporate and social service agencies have taken StirFry’s trainings and seminars so that they could then begin facilitating discussion groups in their agencies, schools, and communities and learn to engage in authentic and healthy multicultural dialogue. The company is recognized by many of the top 500 corporations as having one of the most outstanding cross-cultural and communications training programs for managers, supervisors, H.R. and top administrative executives. Clients have relayed that their participation in our workshops has been life changing, powerful and applicable to their personal and professional lives.



Registration for this event is now closed.

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