Cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution training program available to Community Health Education students

University of Massachusetts Community Health Education faculty Lisa Wexler

Lisa Wexler

May 19, 2017

The Community Health Education (CHE) Program is offering an opportunity to all currently enrolled graduate students (including those entering the program in Fall 2017) to participate in an advanced, facilitation training program for Soliya’s Connect Program. The Connect Program is an online cross-cultural education program designed to establish a deeper understanding of the perspectives of others around the world on important socio-political issues and to develop 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and media literacy.

In a unique partnership between UMass and Soliya, students have the opportunity to receive advanced facilitation training program to prepare them to host dialogues with undergraduate students from around the world, while also learning about and applying these skills to community health education contexts. Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler will also offer a 3-credit independent study course meant to supplement and support this training experience, and provide a context to discuss the training and virtual facilitation experiences, read relevant materials and to discuss how these facilitation experiences with students from around the world relate to public health.

The CHE program will accept up to 10 students to participate on a first come, first signed up basis.

Facilitation trainees will practice cross-cultural communication, and conflict resolution by guiding conversations among small groups of students hailing from different countries during an 8-week virtual program. Both the training and facilitation happen in real-time, synchronously through a video conferencing platform that is custom designed based on the best practices of conflict resolution.

Soliya training will commence on the week of August 28, 2017 and last 5 weeks (4 hours per week).

The facilitation will commence on the week of October 16, 2017 and last 8 weeks (2 hours per week).

CHE students are eligible for 10+ scholarships available for the Fall 2017 semester. They will be exempt from a lengthy application and screening process, and will be waived the $425 tuition.

Contact Associate Professor Lisa Wexler for more information.

About Soliya:

Soliya is an international nonprofit organization preparing the next generation with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to engage with difference constructively and to foster local awareness and global perspectives. Its mission is to empower young people to establish more effective, cooperative, and compassionate relations within and between their societies by providing high quality global education that combines the power of dialogue with the reach of new media technologies. The Connect Program targets post-secondary youth, bringing them together in small, diverse groups for facilitated discussions in real time using innovative new media technology.