Building Your Socioemotional Competencies: How Your Self-Reflection Can Foster Students’ Sense of Belonging and Empowerment

Monday, November 1, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

This highly interactive workshop focuses on how our own emotions impact the way we interact with others. Participants will be able to identify skills and concepts that bring our thoughts and emotions into our awareness, ultimately contributing to an increased sense of empowerment and belonging for students. By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify at least one skill or concept that will contribute to an  increased sense of empowerment and belonging for students, high degree of feeling respected by staff/organization 
  • Feel more equipped to connect with students across a spectrum of experiences
  • Recognize the importance of emotions in student interactions
  • Name 1-3 skills you can use to effectively recognize your own emotions and thoughts and how those impact your ability to effectively communicate and interact with students

This workshop is based on a module from Berkeley's new Equity-Oriented Advising and Coaching model.


  • Isela Peña-Rager, Assistant Director, L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising 
  • Donna Vivar, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence
  • Fabrizio Mejia, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Equity and Success, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Building Your Socioemotional Competencies (Advancing Practice | November 1, 2021)