Lunch and Learn - February 2018

BEYOND DIVERSITY AND INTERCULTURAL CONFLICT: How to develop effective intercultural competencies

In this session, we will reflect on our experiences of working with or providing service to individuals and groups described under a wide range of identities and different cultural backgrounds. We will also brainstorm strategies for developing effective intercultural competencies while creating a workplace environment that enables everyone to contribute their full potential.

This lunch-and-learn session will provide space for critical thinking, courageous conversations and dialogues about the inherent issues of working with individual and cultural differences, with special reference to power, privilege and intercultural conflicts.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Welcome Centre, University Centre Building
Presenters: Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Advisor, Education

Session Objectives:

  • Honestly talk about the challenges we have encountered in working with people from different cultures and worldviews.
  • Critically reflect on the implications of these challenges and the kind of dynamics that affect their peaceful resolutions.
  • Brainstorm strategies on how to develop effective competencies to engage ‘cultural dissonance’, ‘ambiguity’ and resolve intercultural conflicts.
  • Learn about some of UVic best practices in dealing with diversity issues, intercultural conflicts and their intersections of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. 

Lunch-and-learn sessions are open to all staff members in the Division of Student Affairs. Bring your lunch and learn something new. Space is limited so please pre-register at or by calling 250-721-8949.