Workshops

The Center for Global Communication + Design (Comm+D) sponsors a variety of workshops each semester that are Communication or Intercultural in focus.  COMMUNICATION-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS include topics on graduate school application essays, public speaking skills, and visual design; INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS include topics on American holidays, interpersonal communication, and acclimating to Northeast winters.  To register for a specific workshop, please click on the link following the workshop description.  Any change in time or location will be communicated to participants by e-mail and updated on the RPI Events Calendar.

COMMUNICATION-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION ESSAYS
Thursday, November 15, 2018  — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
Getting ready to apply for graduate school? Get advice from people who have been through the application process themselves in addition to being experts on how to write personal statements. In this workshop, you will learn some guidelines for appropriate content and style in graduate application essays, as well as work on brainstorming ideas for your essays through some ‘structured’ activities.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and schedule future appointments in the Comm+D with teaching assistants to revise and polish your statement. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff; it is highly encouraged for juniors, seniors, and Master’s students. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/YlLkj1bJI6JMKMK42

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Tuesday, November 27, 2018  — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
Have you ever reflected on a difficult conversation or situation and wanted to better understand you own reactions?  Do you wish to infuse more empathy into your everyday interactions with others? Do you wish to be more calm and centered during challenging moments with others and resist reacting emotionally? During our time together, we’ll be leading an open discussion on how to handle some of life’s more challenging moments with compassion, empathy, and patience by focusing on listening skills and emotional grounding strategies. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/6OxIPTgb8N1tOJ7K2

INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

TEA & TALK INTERCULTURAL CONVERSATION
Every Wednesday September 5 – December 12 (no meeting 11/21), 1-3 pm.
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist

Think globally, talk locally. Join an informal discussion with people interested in learning about other cultures. Improve (or share) your skills in conversation and networking. Open to all: US & international; native and non-native English speakers; students, scholars, staff, faculty, family members, & friends. Come when you can, leave when you want. Completely drop-in, no registration needed. 

SAYING NUMBERS, EXPRESSIONS, AND EQUATIONS
Tuesday November 27, 4:15-5:45 pm
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
Teaching and technical presentations often involve saying, not just writing, complex information. This highly interactive workshop will cover vocabulary, names of symbols, and ways to “chunk” detailed expressions into manageable pieces. Especially helpful for non-native English speakers.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/u7ULTQVgSTgqyU2I2