Seminars Will Focus on Intercultural Communication

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if you go Only 25 spots are available for intercultural communication training March 24 and April 7. To register, call Carol Spinoso at 563-589-4190 or email humanrgt@cityofdubuque.org by March 20.

City of Dubuque Human Rights department officials are inviting local residents to learn to "communicate across differences."

Two intercultural communication training sessions are set for 6 p.m. March 24 and April 7 at Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Participation is encouraged for members of the city's boards and commissions, but the seminars also are open to the public.

Andre Lessears, a training and workforce development coordinator with the human rights department, said the program helps attendees learn skills to interact more effectively with those from different cultural and social backgrounds.

"The very basis is, how do you effectively communicate across differences?" he said. "There are certain skill sets that are necessary in order for all of us to (do that)."

Lessears said the city defines diversity as "any difference that makes a difference."

"Not only does that include gender and race, it includes nationality and age, (or) whether you live on the North End or West End," he said. …