Events and Workshops

Inter-Cultural Training with Lionel Laroche

Back by popular demand, and part of Professional Development Week, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is excited to offer faculty, staff and students an opportunity to hear from thought-provoking, cross-cultural trainer and consultant, Lionel Laroche. 

For faculty and staff:

Session: How to Help International Students Succeed, by Understanding Their Perspectives and Challenges
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Room CCIS L2 200

This workshop is designed for U of A staff and faculty who frequently interact with international students. International students often think, communicate and respond differently than local students. Understandably, they were educated in other parts of the world, and were taught a different way of thinking; their mental map of how the world works varies from our own. 

Using insightful diagrams, powerful anecdotes, experiential exercises and real-life case studies, this workshop will help U of A staff and faculty to understand where international students are coming from and, more importantly, provides concrete suggestions on how to bridge the gap in communication.

Please RSVP.

For students:

Session: How to Talk to Supervisors: Be Your Authentic Self
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 noon
Room CCIS 1 440

Being your authentic self when there is a power differential is not easy for most people whether it is in a work environment or in a graduate program.  Graduate students, like employees, are expected to show initiative and challenge the status quo, but tension can occur when communication and leadership styles do not mesh.  How do cultural expectations influence our interactions when there is a power imbalance?  Come learn how you can use your graduate experiences to elevate your communication, negotiation, and leadership skills. 

Session: Looking for Work in Canada – Understanding the Multicultural Environment
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room CCIS L2 200

This afternoon session explores Canada’s work culture and shares how to find and keep a job that makes use of your education in Canada. The workshop will examine the importance of soft skills. What do good soft skills look like? How do soft skills differ in other countries and how important is it to demonstrate these skills in Canada? Laroche will provide strategies on how to network, how to succeed in the Canadian workplace, and how to navigate the hidden job market. Using insightful diagrams, powerful anecdotes, experiential exercises and real-life case studies, this workshop will help you understand the Canadian job market, and provide concrete suggestions on how you can succeed in Canada.

Please RSVP.

About Dr. Lionel Laroche

Over the past 18 years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural competency training and coaching services to over 60,000 people in 17 countries. In particular, Lionel has presented to students, staff and faculty members 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 who obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, 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 over 100 publications examining the impact of cultural differences on organizations.