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Quarterly Seminars and Yearly Programs

Learn more about quarterly seminars and yearly 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 4 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.

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Public Speaking 
  • Professional Communication
  • Leadership for Social Change

The deadline to register for all quarterly seminars is Friday of Week 1.

Yearly Programs

Learn more about other leadership programs offered by CSI-Communication and Leadership, some presented by the Peer Educators.

  • Interfaith Programs and Events
  • Go M.A.D. Conference
  • TEDI: Tritons for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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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

Interfaith Programs and Events

Tea with Tritons imageInterfaith programs and events are held throughout the year including "Tea with Tritons," an interfaith dialogue for 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.

Go M.A.D. Conference

Go MAD Conference LogoThe annual Go M.A.D. (Make a Difference) Conference is hosted by the CSI-Communication and Leadership Peer Educators in the spring. This interactive half-day conference inspires leadership for social change with a focus on communication skills.

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

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