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Connecting Across Differences: Moving Beyond Hate, Indifference, and Tolerance with Intercultural Communication

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT May 19, 2018 Location: Center for Equity and Inclusion, 5757 SW Macadam Ave #150, Portland, OR 97239

Center for Equity and Inclusion, 5757 SW Macadam Ave #150, Portland, OR 97239

When we only focus on decreasing hate and indifference, our capacity to truly connect across differences is limited. 

As members of a community, we need to develop a deeper understanding of how to approach the concept of ‘difference’. Putting forth an effort to gain knowledge about actual cultural differences between us provides a stronger foundation on which to build strong relationships with one another.

This workshop is designed to review a number of key intercultural communication theories and concepts, and learn how to apply them. The importance of integrating intercultural communication work with social justice perspectives will also be emphasized.

Participants will come away from the workshop with an understanding of:

  • What is “intercultural communication” and it’s meaning, including intercultural communication theories and concepts
  • The impact of cultural differences when it comes to relationship building
  • How to apply the above theories and concepts in everyday life (a variety of settings?)
  • The contrast and effective integration of intercultural communication and social justice perspectives

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public.

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: This workshop location is wheelchair accessible. Please note any additional accessibility needs (including ASL interpretation or non-english language translation) you may have during your registration. We encourage registrants to make our office aware of any requests no later than two weeks before the workshop date. While we will make an effort to secure accommodations upon short notice, we cannot guarantee they will be available. 

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Center for Equity and Inclusion, 5757 SW Macadam Ave #150, Portland, OR

Presenter: Cheryl Forster, PsyD

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About the Presenter

As a psychologist and an Asian-American woman, Cheryl Forster brings a strong and unique set of skills to her work as an intercultural trainer. Her subject matter expertise, love of learning, and warmth come across in her workshops. Cheryl graduated from Tufts University with her master’s in applied developmental psychology, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University, and obtained her Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from the highly respected Intercultural Communication Institute.  Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is a therapist, supervisor, and the Coordinator of Diversity and the Psychology Internship (PSU has a doctoral internship training program). She is a former Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar, and currently serves on the ACCTA Board of Directors (2017 to 2019). In 2018, she will begin teaching a class at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in the Intercultural Competence Specialization program. Moreover, Cheryl is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015). Her commitment to the learning process led her to establish her professional intercultural training and development business, called Bookmark Connections


  • This project is supported by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.


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