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Interpersonal Relationship Workshops

This program is a weekly series of 5 workshops to develop and expand skills on initiating and developing interpersonal relationships. These workshops will address:

  • Initiating and developing relationships with peers, staff, and faculty
  • Listening and self-disclosure skills
  • Understanding personality styles and group dynamics
  • Using inclusive practices and cross-cultural communication
  • Navigating difficult conversations

Workshops will be held on Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM:

  • 4/16: Relationships Start with You
  • 4/23: Initiating Relationships
  • 4/30: Developing Positive Relationships
  • 5/7: Navigating Difficult Conversations and Conflict
  • 5/14: Empathy vs Sympathy

More information can be found in the drawers below.

Students are highly encouraged to attend all 5 sessions, but are not required. These workshops are also cross-listed as iLead workshops, for students who are interested in completing the iLead Program.

To participate, please register for each individual workshop.

Relationships Start With You


April 16th

11:00-12:20 PM

Relationships Start with You

Building relationships begins with knowing who we are, grounding ourselves in our values, being aware of our personal biases, communication styles and preferences. Join us in our first workshop of the Interpersonal Relationships Workshop Series. 

Presented by Samantha Champi, Communication & Leadership Graduate Assistant, 

Center for Student Involvement 

Initiating Relationships


April 23rd

11:00-12:20 PM

Initiating Relationships

There are several reasons why starting new conversations with people we may not know can be difficult. Let’s explore some of those reasons and brainstorm tips to keep the conversation flowing and relationship growing.

Presented by Samantha Champi, Communication & Leadership Graduate Assistant,

Center for Student Involvement 

Developing Positive Relationships


April 30th 

11:00-12:20 PM

Developing Positive Relationships

Description: One of the most profound experiences we can have in our lives is the connection we have with other human beings. Positive and supportive relationships will help us feel healthier, happier, and more satisfied with our lives. Join us to hear about some helpful tips to develop more positive relationships in all areas of your life. 

Presented by Samantha Champi, Communication & Leadership Graduate Assistant,

Center for Student Involvement 

Navigating Difficult Conversations and Conflict


May 7th

11:00-12:20 PM

Navigating Difficult Conversations and Conflict – DOUBLE STAMP

Disagreements and conflict are bound to occur at some point in any relationship. Not all conflicts are bad- they can provide the spark that often leads to better solutions, creativity, and collaboration. Let’s learn about the different levels of conflict and have a dialogue on how to navigate and/or mitigate these difficult times. 

Presented by Samantha Champi, Communication & Leadership Graduate Assistant,

Center for Student Involvement

Empathy vs. Sympathy


May 14th

11:00-12:20 PM

Empathy vs. Sympathy

Register for this Zoom Workshop

Empathy and sympathy are very different, and while neither of them are bad necessarily, practicing empathic communication will go a long way in sustaining relationships. There is truly no script for empathy but we can practice how we show up and listen. 

Presented by Samantha Champi, Communication & Leadership Graduate Assistant,

Center for Student Involvement