Cross-Cultural Facilitation Skills for Educators, Administrators, and Staff

This is a five-part series; all sessions must be attended in succession!

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • November 1, 2017

  • December 19, 2017

  • January 18, 2018

  • February 12, 2018

  • March 6, 2018

Course Description
Facilitating a group with a variety of cross-cultural perspectives and experiences requires a keen understanding and thorough knowledge of how cultural differences can impact group dynamics, relationships, and one’s sense of safety.  In this unique training, participants will be guided through a series of exercises and mindful techniques that will enhance their understanding of the impact of culture on relationships; they will also learn how to facilitate contrasting cultural situations, as well as how to develop a deeper and more authentic sense of community and openness within a diverse group setting.

Specifically, participants will learn to:

  • Mindfully listen and learn how to become culturally responsive from a Buddhist and Eastern approach

  • Notice the impact and intent of all our communications and actions and how to make use of that knowledge to create a sense of community

  • Discover the importance of curiosity as a meditative and learning tool that enhances transformation and self-reflection

  • Make use of cross-cultural nonverbal communication in order to notice when there is a disconnection

  • Use Mindful Techniques to de-escalate conflicts within minutes

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others through authentic conversations and honest feedback

About the Presenter

Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist, and master diversity trainer.  For more than 25 years he was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District.  He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issues.

Lee Mun Wah is now the Executive Director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques.  Thousands of people from government and social service agencies, corporations, and educational institutions have taken Lee Mun Wah’s workshops and partnered with Stirfry Seminars & Consulting on their diversity initiatives.

His first film, Stolen Ground, a documentary about the experience of Asian Americans, won honorable mention at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and his most famous film about racism, The Color of Fear, won the Gold Medal for Best Social Studies Documentary.  Part Two of this film, Walking Each Other Home, won the Cindy Competition Silver Medal for Social Science.  In 1995, Oprah Winfrey did a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and work that was seen by over 15 million viewers internationally.

In 2005, Lee Mun Wah directed and produced the film, Last Chance for Eden, a three-part documentary on sexism and racism.  His newest book, Let’s Get Real: What People of Color Can’t Say and Whites Won’t Ask About Racism, was released in 2011.  In 2014 he released his latest film, If These Halls Could Talk, a documentary that focuses on college students and their dialogue about race and racism, as well as other diversity issues, in higher education.

It is Lee Mun Wah’s belief that we cannot wait until tomorrow for some charismatic leader to appear who will bring us all together.  We each must take a stand and personally participate in this important journey of confronting our fears and beginning a conversation, not only with those we love, but also with those we have been taught to fear.  We cannot continue being separate and unequal without there being a cost to each and every generation.  Our survival and the very future of our children depend on all of us embracing our differences as well as our mutuality.  If we can accomplish this in our lifetime, we can then look back and know that we have found a way to live together authentically and harmoniously, using and honoring all of our gifts and special contributions.  To Lee Mun Wah, that is the true meaning of multiculturalism.

A one-hour lunch break will occur around noon.  You may bring your own lunch or visit one of the local restaurants during this time; however, refrigeration is not available.

Cancellation Policy and Procedure (As of July 1, 2017)
All workshop registrants are subject to a five business day cancellation policy. If the individual fails to cancel prior to five business days from the start of the workshop, they will be billed a $100/day no-show fee. This fee covers the cost of materials and other administrative costs associated with the event. In the event of a multiple/day workshop, where the days are separated by weeks or months, each day in the session will be treated as a separate event in terms of the cancellation policy.