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Quarterly Seminars


CSI-Communication and Leadership offers four non-credit seminars that develop students' social and professional skills in a fun, interactive environment. Seminars begin week 2 of each quarter and meet for 8-9 sessions. Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete a seminar.

Seminars are open to current UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline to register for all quarterly seminars is Friday of Week 1.

Interpersonal Relationships Seminar

Emphasizes the development of social self-confidence and "people skills" through experiential learning activities that address:

  • Initiating and maintaining conversations with peers and professors
  • Assertiveness and conflict management
  • Listening and self-disclosure skills
  • Understanding personality styles and group dynamics

Public Speaking Seminar

Develop public speaking and presentation skills through practice speaking activities covering these topics:

  • Developing appropriate nonverbal communication and body language
  • Speaking with confidence and impact
  • Dealing with stage fright and anxiety
  • Speech preparation and practice
  • Preparing visual aids and utilizing technology

Professional Communication Seminar

Emphasizes the development of professional communication skills for graduate/professional school and career including:

  • Networking
  • Interviewing
  • Resume writing
  • Professional practices and etiquette
  • Developing mentor relationships

Leadership for Social Change Seminar

Utilizing interactive and experiential activities, explores the intersection of communication and leadership skills using the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Participants will explore group communication and teamwork skills; clarify personal goals, values, and identity; and motivate others through inclusion, taking action, and creating change. The "Seven C's" of leadership include:

  • Individual values of consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment
  • Group values of collaboration, common purpose, and controversy with civility
  • Community value of citizenship

TEDI: Tritons for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Consciousness of the world around us is an invaluable skill for whatever career field students pursue. The goals of TEDI are to develop students' critical consciousness of social justice and equity minded leadership, and to build a network of inclusive, equity minded student leaders on campus. The program consists of a retreat, with four follow-up programs, workshops, or events selected by the participant to supplement learning. TEDI is co-presented by UCSD Associated Students and includes learning about:

  • Personal and social identity
  • Socialization
  • Systems of power and inequality
  • Liberation, allyship, and change

Register online for a seminar.

For more information:

Contact CSI-Communication and Leadership, (858) 534-0501.