Summer Institute

SGS Summer Institute for Graduate Professional Development

This leadership and graduate professional development intensive experience takes place in May or June and is comprised of three streams of skill-based workshops: leadership development, managing transitions, and designing your life. All workshops are fully accredited by SGS towards the GPS transcript notation.

Expanding Your Leadership Toolkit -- Deepening the Fundamentals

May 17, 24, and 31
2-4 pm
Grad Room, 66 Harbord St

Join us for an interactive session exploring personality types and leadership development through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Why Myers-Briggs? The MBTI® assessment helps individuals understand their strengths, their preferred working styles, and ultimately helps them see their potential. Discover how you learn about the world and make decisions.

This series will cover

  • Introduction to MBTI and leadership development
  • Anatomy of high performing teams
  • Solution-Focused Coaching

There is a pre-assessment required prior to the leadership series. If you cannot attend all sessions, please sign up for the series at a later date.


Intercultural Thinking for Intercultural Communication

May 29, June 5, and June 12
2-4 pm
Grad Room, 66 Harbord St.

Differences in expectations and modes of communicating can be a major source of friction in the classroom, lab, and in workplaces more generally. The aim of this workshop is to challenge students to (re)think about culture; to recognize the working of culture in their daily interactions with others; and to develop strategies for communicating and understanding across cultural differences.

The first week will establish foundational concepts and set the tone for how the discussion around culture and difference will be framed. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Culture as meaning making
  • Cultural location and intersectional identities
  • Description, interpretation, and evaluation
  • Framing and reframing
  • Reflection vs. reflexivity

The second week will introduce some elements of intercultural communication. Topics to be covered will include:

  • The Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (Communication Styles)
  • Conversational Pacing and Pausing

The third week will review some of the initial concepts in light of the models of intercultural communication and will involve a guided discussion and exploration of developing strategies to incorporate these skills into daily life.

The workshop series will include short lectures, discussion, and experiential activities.


Mindfully Designing Your Life

June 7, 14, and 21
2-4 pm
Grad Room, 66 Harbord St.

In grad school, we often feel that we are driven by deadlines and rush from one task to another. Stepping into a fuller and re-connected self can provide new insights and approaches when considering life beyond grad school. In this session, we will discover and discuss how mindful approaches can help you orient a life or future plan that is more meaningful and authentic.

This series will cover

  • Becoming more emotionally intelligent
  • Using a design mindset to tackle big problems
  • Coaching and mentoring others to mindfully design their life