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Students and others sit in a circle as they participate in one of UC San Diego's communication seminars (Center for Student Involvement - Communication & Leadership)Seminars are open to current UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students.

Quarterly seminars

CSI-Communication and Leadership offers non-credit seminars that develop students' leadership, professional, and social skills through fun and interactive activities and discussion.

Beginning Week 3 of each quarter, the seminars meet twice a week for eight 80-minute sessions in a cohort-based learning environment. Participants are asked to attend all sessions for optimal learning from the seminar.

Students who attend all sessions and successfully complete assigned exercises will be given a certificate of completion and a validation of the seminar on their Co-Curricular Record.


Winter 2023

Interpersonal Relationships Seminar

(Weeks 3-6: January 24 to February 17 | Tuesday & Thursdays in-person | 10:30 -11:50 AM)

Interpersonal Relationship Seminar seeks to help students:

  • Learn about their leadership and personality styles
  • Develop skills to improve relationships 
  • Build confidence to present your ideas and thoughts more effectively
  • Explore conflict resolution techniques
  • Meet other students and learn in a cohort-based environment
  • Earn a certificate and CCR validation


For any questions, concerns, or accommodations, please email our Communication & Leadership Graduate Assistant, Teresa Contreras at

For more information about any of our programs, please visit or email:

Seminar topics offered

Equity-Minded Leadership Seminar

Emphasizes the development of competencies on social justice and equity-mindedness through experiential activities and discussions that seek to help students:

  • Gain awareness of their social identities and group memberships.
  • Explain how socialization has impacted their identities, actions, and decision-making.
  • Understand the various levels of privilege, power, and oppression.
  • Identify practices to implement as an equity-minded leader.

Interpersonal Relationships Seminar

Emphasizes the development of social self-confidence and "people skills" through experiential learning activities that 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 

Public Speaking Seminar

Develop public speaking and presentation skills through practice speaking activities covering these topics:

  • Developing appropriate nonverbal communication and body language
  • Speaking with confidence and impact
  • Dealing with stage fright and anxiety
  • Speech preparation and practice
  • Preparing visual aids and utilizing technology

Strengths-Based Leadership Seminar

Emphasizes the recognition and development of students’ natural talents by using Strengths Framework, Clifton’s StrengthFinder, and engaging activities that help participants:

  • Gain an awareness of their greatest talents
  • Understand how their talents have helped them be successful in the past
  • Determine how they can use their talents in classes, the workplace, and student involvement
  • Learn about how they can further develop talents into strengths.
  • Apply their strengths to build a comprehensive picture of the leader they want to be
Questions? Please email Thank you!