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Seminars and Dialogue Programs

Learn more about quarterly seminars and dialogue programs offered by CSI-Communication and Leadership.


Seminars and programs are open to current UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students.

Quarterly Seminars

CSI-Communication and Leadership offers non-credit seminars that develop students' leadership, professional, and social skills through fun and interactive activities and discussions.. Beginning week 2 of each quarter, the seminars meet twice a week for eight 90-minute sessions in a cohort-based learning environment. Participants are asked to attend all sessions for optimal learning from the seminar. Students who attend all sessions and successfully complete assigned exercises will be given a certificate of completion and validation of the seminar on their Co-Curricular Record.

Seminar Topics Offered: 

  • Doing Good Better (Winter 2019)* - meets weekly
  • Equity-Minded Leadership (Winter 2019)
  • Interpersonal Relationships (Fall 2018 & Winter 2019)
  • Public Speaking (Spring 2019)
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00PM - 3:20PM
  • Strengths-Based Leadership (Fall 2018)

The deadline to register for all seminars is Wednesday at 12:00 AM (Midnight) of Week 1 of each quarter.

Dialogue Programs

CSI – Communication & Leadership and additional CSI Staff Members provide quarterly dialogue programs throughout the school year to engage in civil and meaningful discussions to learn about various perspectives on a range of topics.

  • Interfaith Dialogue (Quarterly)
  • Rotating Topics (Quarterly)
  • Tritons Together: Campus Conversations (By request)

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Doing Good Better

Coordinated by the Center for Student Involvement – Community Service staff, this seminar teaches students how to take action to solve local and global challenges. Doing Good Better supports students in carrying out their social innovation projects from idea through implementation. 

Equity-Minded Leadership Seminar

Emphasizes the development of competencies on social justice and equity-mindedness through experiential activities and discussions that seek to help students:

  • Gain awareness of their social identities and group memberships.
  • Explain how socialization has impacted their identities, actions, and decision-making.
  • Understand the various levels of privilege, power, and oppression.
  • Identify practices to implement as an equity-minded leader.

Interpersonal Relationships Seminar

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

  • Initiating and developing relationships with peers, staff, and faculty
  • Listening and self-disclosure skills
  • Understanding personality styles and group dynamics
  • Using inclusive practices and cross-cultural communication
  • Navigating difficult conversations 

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

Strengths-Based Leadership Seminar

Emphasizes the recognition and development of students’ natural talents by using Strengths Framework, Clifton’s StrengthFinder, and engaging activities that seek help participants:

  • Gain an awareness of their greatest talents
  • Understand how their talents have helped them be successful in the past
  • Determine how they can use their talents in classes, the workplace, and student involvement
  • Learn about how they can further develop talents into strengths.
  • Apply their strengths to build a comprehensive picture of the leader they want to be

Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith Dialogue workshops are held once per quarter students to share their journey of spirituality, faith, and religion; learn from differences, and discover commonalities. Students from all faith and non-faith backgrounds are invited to participate. Come prepared to learn from others, ask questions, and honor our shared humanity.

  • Monday, April 16th; 2:00-3:30pm


Tritons Together: Campus Conversations

CSI and the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) are proud to announce Tritons Together: Campus Conversations, a new campus-wide program to offer community building dialogue circles for the UC San Diego community. A team of undergraduate student Dialogue Ambassadors co-facilitate Circle Dialogues, known as community building circles. Co-facilitators provide a structured environment to generate dialogue among participants on a specific topic. Circle Dialogues foster open and supportive spaces for people to talk across differences, develop empathy and enhance perspectives.

  • Campus partners & student organizations can request a community building circle, focused on a topic of their choosing by clicking here or contact dialogue@ucsd.edu.

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