Events and Workshops

Lionel Laroche Workshops 2018

Back by popular demand, the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research is excited to offer workshops from thought-provoking, cross-cultural trainer and consultant, Lionel Laroche. These sessions are now sold out! Please feel free to join the waitlists.

For international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:

Workshop: Overcoming Culture Shock
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 1-498

The decision to pursue graduate studies in Canada is an exciting prospect full of possibilities. However, many students who were successful in their home countries may have difficulties adjusting to a new country and an unfamiliar university setting. This interactive workshop will explore some of the challenges associated with navigating graduate studies in the Canadian context, and it will equip graduate students with real strategies to support their own mental health and well-being. 

This three-hour workshop may be used towards the University of Alberta Professional Development Requirement professional development activity hours. All professional development activities must be approved by your department.

Sold out but a waitlist is available.

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For faculty and staff:

Workshop: Managing Diversity at the University of Alberta
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 1-498

Diversity is a key characteristic of the University of Alberta classroom, and while such diversity offers the potential for a tremendously rich and impactful learning experience, it can also pose significant challenges around communication among students and with faculty members. This session will examine cultural differences in communication, and will equip faculty with strategies for effective cross-cultural communication both inside and outside the classroom.

Sold out but a waitlist is available.

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About Lionel Laroche, PhD

Over the past 18 years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural competency training and coaching services to more than 60,000 people in 17 countries. In particular, Lionel has presented to students, staff, and faculty at many universities in Canada, the US, and overseas. His presentations are described as informative, thought-provoking and practical; they are built on his own experience as a foreign student and an unprepared worker in industry, and the experiences of many of the people he has coached or trained over the years. Lionel is the author of more than 100 publications examining the impact of cultural differences on organizations. Lionel holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a "Diplôme d'ingénieur polytechnicien" from the École Polytechnique de Paris, France.