Trainings This Semester

  Participants may choose to attend as many or as few trainings and workshops as interest them. The schedule can be found below.
Those interested in completing the Conversations for Engagement Certificate must attend the following within the academic school year:
  1. Crucial Conversations workshop (offered every semester)
  2. Interrogating Bias workshop (offered every semester)
  3. Two elective workshops (there will be two elective workshops offered each semester for a total of four)
  4. Two dialogues (there will be two dialogues offered each semester for a total of four)

Conversations for Engagement Certificate

What is it? The Conversations for Engagement Certificate is an opportunity for those who may not be able to commit to our year long-Dialogue Fellowship which meets every week, or, are not otherwise eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Completing the certificate increases your skills in navigating difficult conversations, increases understanding of existing bias, and exposes participants to issues of importance in current events.

Why do I want this? We have heard alumni from our program speak about the ways in which their work with CERRU has benefited them in their careers. Additionally, during job and internship interviews, our organizational affiliation has stood out on alumni resumes. The Conversations for Engagement Certificate offers the opportunity to gain some of the skills practiced in the Dialogue Fellowship and recognition of being part of the CERRU alumni network.

Eligibility: Everyone, students, staff, faculty, and community members alike are welcome to participate in CERRU workshops and dialogues.  Eligibility for the Conversations for Engagement Certificate is based upon meeting all of the requirements listed above, a 2-page final exit paper, and short discussion with a CERRU staff member to gauge the effect of participating in the certificate program.

Monday, February 6th, 2017 5-7:30pm
Crucial Conversations Workshop
Have you ever been scared to have an important conversation with someone you cared about? Maybe it was a co-worker, family member, or highly trusted friend. Maybe you knew this would be an emotional topic and that you would disagree. The CERRU Crucial Conversations training will give you a toolkit for transforming these important and difficult interactions.


Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 12:15-1:30pm
Dialogue #3: Topic TBD
Monday, March 13th, 2017, 12:15-1:30pm
Open Training #2: Demystifying the Media
Monday, March 21st, 2017, 12:15-1:30pm
Open Training #3: Interrogating Bias
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 12:15-1:30pm
Dialogue #4: Topic TBD
Friday, April 21th, 2017, 12:00-4:00pm
Open Training #4: Race Talk
How to have difficult conversations about racial microaggressions. Journey with us as we explore the origin of racial microaggressions and how to have conversations with individuals who have been microaggressive.
Monday, May 1st, 2017, 12:15-1:30pm
Open Training #5: Privilege: What is it and Who has it?
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Open Workshop #2: Interrogating Bias Introduction 12:15 pm
Open Workshop #2: Interrogating Bias Introduction @ Queens College- Powdermaker Hall 114
Oct 2 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Is it possible to view everyone as equals? This lecture seeks to explore this question while introducing the underpinnings of implicit bias and the wider implications of it in our society. Join us as we examine self, cultural reproduction, microaggressions, and behavior change and its relationship to implicit bias  
Political Leaps of Faith Info Session 12:15 pm
Political Leaps of Faith Info Session @ Queens College- Powdermaker Hall 114
Oct 11 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Political Leaps of Faith is a pilot project designed to bring community members together from across the political spectrum in order to re-meet each other and work together towards shared social justice goals.
Lunchtime 2.0 #2 Topic TBD 12:15 pm
Lunchtime 2.0 #2 Topic TBD @ Queens College-Dining Hall
Oct 17 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunchtime 2.0 topics are disclosed one to two weeks before the date in order to correspond with current events. Contact between September 25th and October 1st with your ideas for timely Lunchtime 2.0 topics.
Innovation Exchange Satellite Programming 12:00 pm
Innovation Exchange Satellite Programming @ Queens College
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This is an innovating exchange program to produce fact sheets that will be distributed before or after to ensure that we have information before we engage in dialogue. Bring your own laptops!

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