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San Diego State University

Student Life and Leadership

Student Organization Conflict & Identity Awareness Training

Student organization training requirements for the 2016-2017 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 events calendar and clicking on the weekends dates which SOCIA is made available. Please ensure that you select the email reminder button for a day prior to the training session as this will provide an additional notice for the session you have signed up for.

Also, you are responsible for attending the session you missed. Given the limited sessions available each semester, students will not be automatically be added to another session if they missed their training session(s).

Note each session has a maximum seating capacity of 30.

Please note that sessions will fill up quickly.  Seats are available on a first-come first served basis.  As well, a minimum of 10 people are needed to fill each section.

Organizations that do not have their new leaders attend these training sessions will not be allowed to submit their RSO application for recognition status at SDSU.  

*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.

Friday, March 3, 2017:  9:30AM- 11:30 AM, 12PM- 2PM ; Center of Intercultural Relations  

Friday, March 10, 2017:  9:30AM- 11:30 AM, 12PM- 2PM ; Center of Intercultural Relations  

Saturday, March 11, 2017:  9:30AM- 11:30 AM, 12PM- 2PM ; Glazer Center

Friday, April 7, 2017:  9:30AM- 11:30 AM, 12PM- 2PM ; Center of Intercultural Relations