Workshop on Methods of inter-group and intercultural dialogue
On Friday 13 January 2017, between 9.30 and 12.30, an interactive workshop on Methods of inter-group and intercultural dialogue took place at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The workshop was held by Prof. Jason Laker* from San Jose State University, USA.
The workshop benefited students, youth leaders and trainers. Participants were introduced to conceptual and practical approaches to inter-group dialogue for the promotion of cross-cultural learning and social trust. Attendees learned and practiced various methods for promoting mutual understanding and cooperation.
While social inclusion continues to be of great importance, the presenter argued that this is no longer sufficient to address the difficulties facing global, regional and local communities. Rather, we must become more ambitious together in promoting just, ethical and trusting relationships among diverse people living and working under the difficult circumstances confronting humanity. Also, life is far more enjoyable when we work together for the common good.
* Jason Laker is a tenured, Full Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and a core faculty member with the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership in the Lurie College of Education. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at San Jose State University, leading a Division with over 20 departments, 350 staff, and $68M in combined budgets. He has 20 years of successful and progressively more complex administrative leadership experiences in student and academic affairs, at five distinct institutional environments (e.g., research, public, private, large, small, religious, liberal arts) in the U.S. and Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Adams State College (CO), and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University.