Organizational Change in a Diverse World

Session 1 with Dr. Jesse Benjamin

  • Diversity: From Challenge to Strength

    This module explores the origins of diversity in order to better understand it. We will show how something usually cast as a threat or a challenge can in fact be re-conceptualized and transformed, with subtle shifts in perspective, into a positive, generative source of strength. Diversity can then become a strength for any community that knows how to harness its synergies.
  • Identity & Conflict-Origins & Remedies

    This module provides new ways of thinking about identity, to better understand, avoid, and learn from contemporary identity-based conflicts (including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality, religion). While identity is fundamental in modern societies, it is at the same time entirely socially constructed and therefore always changing. The relational nature of identity, and the theory of Self and Others will help us get to the roots of how identity works and how it can be more productively engaged.


Session 2 with Dr. Maia Hallward

  • Cross Cultural Communication

This module explores the way culture shapes verbal and non-verbal communication patterns and provides tools for understanding across differences.  The module will explore not only differences between ethno-national cultures, but also organizational and group cultures as a way of better engaging with the implicit and explicit assumptions regarding what constitutes “appropriate” communication and interaction.

  • Active Bystander Skills

This module defines and provides examples of what it means to be an active bystander in a range of social, workplace, and public contexts. It offers guidelines to consider when faced with a situation as a bystander and will provide opportunities for observing and practicing active bystander skills.

Trainer Information

Jesse Benjamin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice, and PhD in International Conflict Management, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development. Dr. Jesse Benjamin is a cultural anthropologist (MA 1996, SUNY Binghamton) and world historical systems sociologist (PhD 2002, SUNY Binghamton) with a broad focus on human rights, critical theory, epistemology, and development. With more than 30 years of experience in diversity work, education and training, he has 20 years of leadership experience in diverse organizational and institutional settings specializing in issues of communication, representation and cultural complexity. His fieldwork and research are grounded regionally in East Africa, Israel/Palestine, the Middle East generally, and North America; with case studies on forced Bedouin resettlement, Kurdish human rights and politics, squatters and stratification in coastal Kenya, and questions of identity and race trans nationally. His 70 publications include four recently edited books, and he is editor of several new peer reviewed journals. 

Maia Hallward, Ph.D.

Editor of Journal of Peacebuilding & Development and Professor of Middle East Politics, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development. Dr. Maia Hallward has lived and researched extensively in the Middle East and has traveled to five continents. Professor Hallward has taught courses in cross-cultural dialogue connected to the Soliya program, is part of the Atlanta chapter of the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP), and is author or co-author of five books and over twenty peer-reviewed articles on topics including nonviolence, peacebuilding, human rights, the role of religion in politics, women’s leadership, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  


Date: November 16, 2018 


  • Session 1: 8:30 am – 12:00pm
  • Session 2: 1:00pm  -  4:30pm


KSU Center 3333 Busbee Drive, KS 462, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144



  • Half Day: Session 1 or Session 2:
    • General Public - $125.00  
    • USG Employees - $75.00  
  • Full Day: (includes lunch)
    • General Public - $225.00
    • USG Employees - $175.00

Registration Deadline: November 13, 2018

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to November 9, 2018, a full refund. From November 10-15, 2018, a $50.00 administration fee will be incurred. After November 15, 2018, no refund will be processed.


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