Soft Skills for Hard Times: Working effectively across difference in and outside the academy (Via Webinar)

Date & Time

Thursday, 05 October 2017
13:30 to 15:00



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Equity & Inclusion Office

Registration Closed / Past Event


What does it take to make it in graduate school and beyond? Aside from a lot of coffee, relationship building skills, effective communication and compassion are key. Learning how to work effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds is foundational. In this workshop you will better understand intersectional identities; expand your knowledge and communication skills across difference; and be able to identify and interrupt disrespectful language, while also learning the best way to apologize when we make mistakes or offence is experienced. Learning more about these essential interpersonal and professional skills will help you to negotiate power dynamics, understand how you are influenced by (un)conscious bias and the impact of mircroaggressions. This is especially important when graduate students need to work across different (sub)disciplines, with students and faculty from different cultural backgrounds, linguistic backgrounds, and gender identities, in and outside of the academy.


This session is presented by Rachael Sullivan, a professional staff from the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office. In 2008, she was awarded the UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. After receiving her doctorate in the Department of Sociology at UBC, she worked as a Sessional Instructor until she joined the Equity & Inclusion Office in 2014. Rachael’s extensive knowledge of community engagement and working with key stakeholders across campus, enhances her ability to contribute to the Equity & Inclusion Offices key goals: to build a community in which human rights are respected, and where equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, September 25 at 9:00am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. Technical information on how to access the webinar will be provided with registration. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.