Global Commons

In a world that often emphasizes our differences and divides us along various lines, the need for intercultural dialogue and understanding has never been more pressing.


This transformative experience is designed to empower students with the skills and insights needed to navigate intercultural conversations and build bridges across diverse backgrounds.

How can we engage in healthy and productive dialogue in today’s divisive society? Unesco Story Circles provide a way for people from different backgrounds to come together to learn from each other and to explore cultural similarities and differences. Through the sharing of life experiences situated within specific cultural contexts, participants come to learn more about themselves, as well as their fellow humans, and through this process, participants further develop key elements of intercultural competencies, including greater self-awareness, openness, respect, reflexivity skills, empathy, increased awareness of others, and, in the end, greater cultural humility. Unesco Story Circles require one to be vulnerable enough to share one’s own personal story, which is in itself a tool for reflection.

To build trust in higher ed--to demonstrate that investing the time and money is worth it not only to earn a degree but also to grow intellectually--colleges must ensure that students are exposed to views and ideas that challenge convention and their own thinking.

Fostering Students’ Free Expression: How colleges can support and encourage tough conversations. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2023.

What will you learn?

  • Cultivate curiosity about similarities and differences with others 
  • Practice listening for understanding 
  • Gain increased cultural self-awareness 

Join us for a complimentary lunch during this timely and important workshop!

This Session is CCR Recognized!

SKILL: Global Perspective and Engagement

  • Understands and analyzes the interconnectedness of societies worldwide;
  • develops and demonstrates intercultural competency and exhibits appropriate stewardship of human, economic, and environmental resources;
  • identifies one’s own individual agency in a global perspective

Session Facilitators


UTM International Education Centre
International Student Centre
Northern University

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2024
  • Time & Duration: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (EST) (3h)
  • Cost:
    • U of T Students


  • Venue:
    University of Toronto Scarborough
    1265 Military Trail,
    Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4
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  • Room: MW-130
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