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Intercultural Dialogue Workshop

Hugh Downs School doctoral students facilitated a structured dialogue workshop with 30 ASU graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni. Participants examined "challenges in building an inclusive and supportive climate for intercultural dialogue at ASU," and they proposed "ways to foster a learning community at ASU that values and practices intercultural dialogue."


The creative ideas generated during the workshop offered possibilities for meaningful steps to be taken for improving the climate for dialogue at ASU, both at the local unit level and university-wide. The results from the workshop will be presented to various administrative and academic units at ASU.

Intercultural Dialogue Workshop participants


The facilitation team consisted of members of the COM 691 seminar under the guidance of Professor Broome. The team has been reading and discussing articles about facilitation and dialogue since the beginning of the semester, and they experienced their own day-long facilitated session in September. They now have designed, organized, and facilitated a workshop of their own, with their instructor serving as advisor. The members of the facilitation team were: Qingqing Hu, Anna Marie Campbell, Peng Pan, Yashu Chen, Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, Chiao Chen, Luke Brenneman, Rosalie Fisher, Melissa Framer, Bhoomika Bhagchandani, Versha Anderson, Gladys Muasya, Donna Suo. 


Members of this group will also facilitate a workshop at WSCA in Spokane in February. The Intercultural Dialogue Workshop was sponsored by the Hugh Downs School's Transformation Project


HDSHC Professor Keynote Speaker at International Education Conference

Dr. Eric MargolisEric Margolis, associate professor with the Hugh Downs School, gave the keynote speech “Universities Changing: Research and Reflection” on the history of higher education at The International Conference on Quality in Higher Education Curriculum: Standards, Strategies, Approaches held in Isfahan, Iran, October 22-23, 1914. This represented an important step as Iran reaches out to the global academic community. The conference included scholars from Japan, Australia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, and South Africa among others.


Margolis’s work on higher education is internationally known. “The Department is Very Male, Very White, Very Old, and Very Conservative”: The Functioning of the Hidden Curriculum in Graduate Sociology Departments” (with Mary Romero) appeared in The Harvard Educational Review, and has been included in 2 anthologies. The Hidden Curriculum in Higher Education, was published in 2001 and reprinted in traditional Chinese characters (Taiwan, 2004); reprinted again in simplified Chinese characters (Shanghai, 2006). The Hidden Curriculum anthology is currently being translated into Farsi and Arabic.


Hugh Downs School Professor Shares Leadership Skills

Professor Sarah Tracy conducted a three-day leadership workshop entitled, “Being a Leader, an OPPT-in Approach to Pedagogy”.


The workshop was about being a leader instead of just learning about what leaders do. Through workshop, group activities and sharing, participants were provided access for leading and creating a future that was not going to happen anyway—for themselves, for those participants lead, and for those who grant leadership. While typical leadership classes leave participants knowing about leadership and other leaders, this workshop aimed to leave participants being leaders.


Leadership Workshop participantsWorkshop participants included a mixture of twenty-eight people - doctoral students and faculty from the Hugh Downs School as well as faculty from across ASU and community contributors. The workshop consisted of interactive workshop, group exercises, journaling, and designing a leadership project.


The workshop was part of the Hugh Downs School Conflict, Transformation, and Wellness Initiative for fall 2014.


Hugh Downs School Professor on NPR

Dr. Sarah Tracy was interviewed by NPR as part of their 'Men in America' special series, More Men Put Ambitions On Back Burner For Their Partners' Careers. Dr. Tracy, professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, studies work-life issues and family communication and is the director of the Project for Wellness and Work-Life (PWWL). Read the full article or listen to the KJZZ story.


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