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NatSci Cultural Competency Workshop


In fall 2020, the NatSci DEI Facilitation Team started offering Cultural competency for personal, organizational and community change, for NatSci faculty, staff, specialists, administrators, postdocs and graduate students.

The multiple session workshop, started in spring 2021, was adapted from the full-day workshop developed by Karen Pace, director of Pace 4 Change, and Dionardo Pizaña, diversity and personnel specialist, Michigan State University Extension.

Cultural Competency Workshops

We have begun registration for the Fall semester 2023 NatSci Cultural Competency Workshops!

Fall 2023 Workshops:    

  • Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 10, 9:30-noon,  in-person, location TBD
  • Facilitators: Kanchan Pavangadkar and Lori Seischab

  • Fridays, Oct. 20-Nov. 10, 9-11:30am, virtual
  • Facilitators: Ariel Robbins, Sheba Onchiri, and Claire Vieille
  • Thursdays, Nov. 9. 16, 30 and Dec. 7, 1-3:30pm, virtual
  • Facilitators: Jerry Caldwell, Devin Silvia, and Kendra Pyle
  • Dec. 19-22, 9-11:30am, in-person, location TBD
  • Facilitators: Jonglim Han and Kendra Pyle 

Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions. Please do not sign up if you have work or other commitments that conflict with any of the sessions. If a workshop is full, you will be able to join a waiting list.


Workshops are open to MSU administrators, faculty, staff, specialists, postdocs and graduate students. If you have concerns about attending a workshop with someone else in your unit, such as a supervisor, please email Kendra Pyle, NatSci DEI Coordinator, at kpyle@msu.edu.

Click this link to register for the workshop.

Skills Development Workshops

Attendance at the Cultural Competency for Personal, Organization, and Community Change workshop is encouraged but not required. Building on this workshop, every session we will have new practice scenarios to help participants develop skills to handle bias incidents, microaggressions, and discrimination that occur in STEM classrooms and workspaces. 

More workshops coming in Fall 2023!

Workshop Introduction from Dean Phillip Duxbury