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

Date & Time

Thursday, 12 September 2019
13:30 to 15:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

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 foundational skills to have in any employment or educational setting. In this workshop, participants will learn about intersectional identities; different communication styles informed by cultural and linguistic background(s), and be able to identify and interrupt disrespectful language. Lastly, participants will learn the best way to apologize when we make mistakes because we all make mistakes from time-to-time. Learning more about these essential interpersonal and professional skills will help in negotiating power dynamics, understand the influence of (un)conscious bias and the impact of microaggressions in both work and study. This is especially important when working across different (sub) disciplines, with other students and faculty from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and gender identities, in and outside of the academy.


This session is presented by Rachael E. Sullivan PhD, who is a passionate educator in the areas of gender and sexual diversity, student leadership and Active Bystander interventions. After earning her doctorate from the Sociology Department, she taught for two years at UBC before joining the Equity & Inclusion Office in 2014. Since then, she has been involved in the Positive Space campaign, co-developing various workshops that promote equitable and inclusive approaches to teaching, learning, working, and living at UBC.

Registration Information

General registration opens on Monday, September 2 at 9:00 am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


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.