Navigating Difference: Community Building, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice

Navigating Difference: Community Building, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice, a three-part workshop series specifically designed to promote community building within and across organizations. New friendships and new partnerships are formed around this shared experience. With a new and deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and with increased cultural competency, participants are motivated to work together to become more welcoming and inclusive across all dimensions of difference. We are motivated to work together to help children and families to escape the crisis of poverty.


  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013: Part One
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013: Part Two (Prerequisite: Part one)
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2013: Part Three (Prerequisite: Part one & two)

Each workshop runs from 8:30am-4:30pm with a light breakfast served at 8:00am.


  • $150.00 for all three days/workshops
To purchase the workshop parts individually:
  • Part one: $80.00
  • Part two: $70.00

Workshop fees include all materials, a light breakfast, and lunch for each session.

Scholarships are available. Contact Dan McGrath for scholarship information.


You may register for the workshops online or by mail. Visit the registration website for more information.


Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center 2nd floor; Vineyard Mt. Room CC-213


Navigating Difference training is appropriate for management and staff, educators, health professionals, customer service, agency personnel, mediators, lawyers, social workers, board members, young adults, etc.


Navigating Difference will provide you with a solid foundation in intercultural communication. 

Navigating Difference will help you to work with equity and inclusion across all dimensions of diversity. 

Navigating Difference training is learner-centered and fun.

What People Say About the Workshops

"It was an amazing experience. One of the best training classes I have attended."

"Thank you for opening doors that I have only been looking through."

Supplemental Workshop Materials

Additional Information

For more detailed information, please view the Navigating Difference Workshop Curriculum document linked below.

Navigating Difference: Community Building, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice is presented with permission from the Board of Regents, Washington State University. The curriculum is adapted from the work of Mary Katherine Deen, Melynda Huskey, and Louise Parker of WSU Extension, Stella Ting-Toomey of California State University, Fullerton, Barbara Schaetti, Sheila Ramsey, and Gordon Watanabe of Personal Leadership, A methodology of Two Principles and Six Practices, and Donna Beegle of Communicating Across Barriers, Inc.