Workshop offerings for Fall 2021 are currently being planned. This page will be updated as additional Workshops become available.


Fall 2021 Workshops


DreamND Support Space

is a safe, confidential place for DreamND students or students who are concerned about a family member's immigration status to talk with peers about academic stress, worries about home, immigration concerns, COVID stress & any other relevant topics.

Dates: Wednesdays, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm, beginning September 8

Facilitators: Chris Conway, Ph.D. & Nayely Gonzalez, M.S. Ed.

Please contact the Office of Student Enrichment or the DreamND newsletter for the link to sign-up to attend.


International Student Coffee Hour

A collaboration initiative of UCC and ISSA (International Student and Scholar Affairs)

This monthly event is specifically tailored to ND international students. We will focus on one topic relevant to international students each month. Check the schedule below to see the specific topics/times this semester. 

The event will start with a casual social gathering with dinner being provided, and followed by a brief workshop from a guest speaker for some of the topics, as well as storytelling from panelists such as international ambassadors (senior international students), sharing their own experience and helpful tips. The event will also create a supportive space for all the attendances to share their experiences and support one another. This is a great place for international students to build connections with other fellow international students and extend social network on campus!

The UCC will also provide service Let's Talk during these events, a private consultation service with a professional mental health counselor on site. To know more about Let's Talk, click on the link above.


Schedule for 2021 Fall semester:

Time:  4:30pm to 6pm, Wednesday (Oct 20th)

Location: TBD

Kick-off Topic: Cross-cultural communication strategies and friendship building


Time: 4:30pm to 6pm, Wednesday (Nov 17th)

Location: TBD

Topic: Tackling acculturation challenges studying/living in the Midwest


Time: 4:30pm to 6pm, Wednesday (Dec 15th)

Location; TBD

Topic: Traveling back home and preparing for the holidays


No sign-up is needed! We are just happy to see you at the time of the event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 612-636-9701.


Mindfulness-Based Skills for Handling Stressful Thoughts and Feelings (ACT) 1-Session Workshop

Do you spend too much time trying to control your thoughts and feelings, or trying to "Just be happy"? Cultural messages suggest that we should be happy all the time, missing the full range of emotions that humans experience, including anxiety and painful emotions from time to time.  Avoid unnecessary suffering by learning to relate to your thoughts and feelings in a radically different way, freeing yourself to focus more on what really matters. This workshop will introduce you to mindfulness/acceptance-based skills that can help you live better.

Facilitator: Peter Barnes, Ph.D

Date & Time - Fridays at 1-2 @ every other week

Sept. 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29; Nov. 12

Fridays at 3:30-4:30 @ every other week

Sept. 24; Oct. 8; Nov. 5, 19

Location: St. Liam Conference Room (St. Liam Hall, 3rd Floor)

No registration required. Just show up. 


Mindfulness-Based Skills for Handling Stressful Thoughts and Feelings (ACT) Ongoing Practice Workshop 

NOTE: Participants must have attended the 1-session Intro workshop (see above).

Workshop for those who have attended the 1-session intro workshop (see above). Practice mindfulness-based skills, such as defusion and willingness, and explore how they relate to our values and how we can apply these practices in our daily lives.

Date & TimeFridays at 1-2 @ every other week

Sept. 24; Oct. 8; Nov. 5, 19

Fridays at 3:30-4:30 @ every other week

Sept. 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29; Nov. 12

Location: St. Liam Conference Room (St. Liam Hall, 3rd Floor)

No registration required. Just show up. 


Rotating Workshop Series

Facilitators: Peter Barnes, Ph.D., others TBD

Location: St. Liam Conference Room (St. Liam Hall, 3rd Floor)

No registration required. Just show up. 

Date & Time: Thursdays from 4-5

Managing Social Anxiety and Navigating the Social Environment  

Sept. 30, Oct 28., Nov. 18

Social anxiety is a normal part of the human experience. Learn some tools and strategies for how to manage it and prevent it from getting in the way of better social connections.


Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

Do you beat yourself up for inevitable mistakes, problems, and imperfections that come along with life? How is that working for you? You might assume that treating yourself harshly is necessary to motivate yourself. However, research shows the exact opposite. Harsh self-criticism (as opposed to compassionate, constructive criticism) results in a lot of unnecessary painful psychological distress. Self-compassion is a much more effective alternative. Learn what it is and how you can apply it to your life.

Perfectionism -- Dare to be Imperfect: Challenging the Tyranny of Perfectionism

Oct. 14, Nov. 11

Perfectionism is pervasive on our campus. It can lead to a great deal of anxiety and distress.This workshop exposes maladaptive perfectionism and the dysfunctional assumptions underlying it, and introduces an alternative perspective that involves learning to embrace our imperfections.