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Custom Workshops

A group of UC San Diego students participates in a communication and leadership workshopCSI - Communication and Leadership provides custom workshops focused on developing students' leadership and communication skills. Workshops are free of charge for audiences where a majority of the participants are UCSD registered students or university faculty/staff who work with UCSD registered students.


  • Workshops must have a minimum of 10 participants and must be at least 1 hour long.
  • Groups can request up to a maximum of 2 hours of Custom Workshops per quarter.
  • Please provide at least 3 weeks(21 days) notice prior to your requested date(s) for scheduling and planning purposes.
  • Workshops can be a part of a recurring meeting, conference, training, or retreat, but should not be used to fulfill programming requirements.
  • Custom workshops are available Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm. If a workshop request falls outside of these hours, please know that workshops are subject to staff availability.

Please complete the request form below and we will contact you within 5 to 7 business days to discuss the specific goals of your program and confirm if we are able to accommodate your request.

Request a presentation

Thank you for your interest in requesting a custom workshop through the CSI - Communication & Leadership. Please use the link below to complete your request.

Custom Workshop Request Form: 

Workshop topics

Understanding Self and Working in Groups

  • These workshops will focus on how individuals collaborate and contribute within groups and help participants understand the factors that  make them who they are and influence how they interact in groups.influence group performance.
  • Students will take a self-assessment and will engage in interactive activities and discussions to gain awareness of individual work styles and tendencies, values, or strengths, while focusing on teamwork, critical thinking, and collaboration.
  • Examples of self-assessments that will be administered include the following:
    • Diversity Paradigm
    • Myers Briggs
    • CliftonStrengths (Requesting organization or department is responsible for paying $16 per person for the self-assessment)
    • True Colors
    • Values Clarification
    • General Workstyles and Personalities in Groups
    • Planning for Your Future

Building Your Leadership Toolkit

  • These workshops focus on providing participants with information and strategies to effectively present or facilitate in front of an array of audiences.
  • Students will learn about best practices on preparing and delivering professional presentations, group activities, and/or discussions.
  • Examples of topics covered in these workshops include the following:
    • Cross-Cultural Communication
    • Initiating and Developing Relationships
    • Facilitation Skills
    • Presentation Skills
    • Professional Communication
    • Equity-Minded Leadership
    • Leadership for Social Change

Create Your Own!

Need a workshop that isn't listed? We are more than happy to work with you to design a workshop of your choosing. Previous workshops have covered topics such as conflict management, decision making, teamwork, and getting involved. All workshops must be a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 2 hours.

Please submit your request using the following Google Form: 

Questions? Email CSI-Communication and Leadership, or call (858) 534-0501.