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Student Life and Leadership

Student Organization Conflict & Identity Awareness Training

Student organization training requirements for the 2017-2018 academic year will include Student Organization Conflict & Identity Awareness Training (SOCIA).  SDSU SOCIA Training is offered in collaboration with the National Conflict Resolution Center, an organization that promotes collaborative dispute resolution and conflict management to individuals, organizations, and society.

There are two SOCIA Training sessions that are both required for the Presidents and Treasurers listed in the Recognized Student Organization online database.

Student leaders on campus are highly encourageed to register as sessions provide conflict awareness and student identity development components. These attributes are essential qualities for any leader to possess.  

Session A must be completed before Session B. Both can be done on the same day.  A certificate of completion will be awarded at the successful completion of your training.  Both sessions are highly participatory and engaging.  Each session is approximately two hours long.

Session A
This course will reinforce positive communication skills to student leaders so that they can more effectively manage the inevitable conflicts that arise in their roles as campus leaders.  A strategic approach to navigating tense situations and respectfully working through differences is taught.

Session B
Building on the learning from Session A, students will explore how identity impacts communication, and how to reach common ground in an intercultural world.  A look at how effective leaders respect and engage students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences is highlighted.


Students can sign up by visiting the University Events Calendar and clicking on the weekend dates which SOCIA is made available. Please ensure to select the email reminder button for 1 day prior to the training, this will provide additional notice for you.

You are responsible for attending any session you miss.  Given the limited sessions available each semester, students are not automatically added to another session if they missed their training date. 

Note each session has a maximum seating capacity of 30.

Sessions will fill up quickly and seats are available on a first-come, first served basis.  A minimum of 10 people are needed to fill each section.

President & Treasurer need to attend these trainings by October 1, 2017. 

*Due to the high demand for this course, your seat will be given away if you are not present at the scheduled training start time.  Late participants will not be granted admittance.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.  

2017-2018 Dates: 

Session A from 9:30am-11:30am, Session B from 12:00pm-2:00pm

You can register on the University Events Calendar;

Center for Intercultural Relations

  • Friday, September 8th- Session A & B
  • Friday, January 19th- Session A & B
  • Friday, January 26th- Session A & B  

Jeffrey W. Glazer Center for Leadership and Service 

  • Saturday, September 9th- Session A & B
  • Saturday, September 16th- Session A & B
  • Saturday, September 23rd- Session A & B 
  • Saturday, October 14th- Session A & B
  • Saturday, October 21st- Session A & B
  • Saturday, November 4th- Session A & B 
  • Saturday, November 11th- Session A & B, cancelled due to low registration. 
  • Sarurday, January 20th- Session A & B 

Lipinsky Center- Suite 1608  

  • Friday, September 29th- Session A & B  
  • Friday, October 6th- Session A & B 
  • Friday, October 20th- Session A & B
  • Friday, October 27th- Session A & B
  • Friday, November 3rd- Session A & B

Pride Center 

  • Friday, September 15th- Session A & B 
  • Friday, October 13th- Session A & B