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Community of Respect

Community of Respect

The Community of Respect (COR) program is a nationally recognized training program designed to prepare people with greater intercultural awareness and competence. Using an international intercultural communication framework COR is not limited to American versus international interactions; it deals with understanding intra-American cultural similarities and differences as well. We offer four types of training:

These custom designed workshops provide in depth review of participant’s culture and cultural influences, how that may compare with those unlike themselves, how values influence behaviors, and application of this information to case scenarios designed for the participants.  Workshops are available upon request by groups either on or off campus.  Space is limited to 20 - 25 participants per session. Participants earn professional development hours or CEUs.  There is a fixed per-person cost for these programs.
A scaled down version of the 6 – 8 hour workshop, seminars help participants become aware of cultural differences and know how to handle them with positive outcomes. These seminars are open to the local community as well as faculty and staff and are available each semester on campus or upon request by groups either on or off campus.  Space is limited to 20 - 25 participants per session. Participants earn professional development hours or CEUs.  There is a fixed per-person cost for these programs.
These shorter intercultural communication programs are custom designed to address the needs of the group requesting them.  There is a cost for these programs, which varies depending on such things as whether we need to reserve space and equipment, create new materials, etc. 
Texas A&M University faculty or student organization leaders who want to expose students to cultural information may request a short program designed to fit into a class period that is based on the 1.5 hour program.  Group size can range from small classes or large lecture classes.  Unless being custom designed for a group, there is no cost for these programs other than to assist with making photocopies.

Arranging for a seminar

  • Next Community of Respect Seminar - TBD
  • Next On Campus Half-day Cultural Awareness Seminar Offering - TBD
  • All Other Types of Programs: 
    • Contact Suzanne Droleskey (sdroleskey[at] with Global Engagement to set up a private seminar or other program for your group.


Why should you consider Community of Respect Training?

  • ‚ÄčTo increase your cultural competence: Learn how culture influences behavior, how to identify communication differences, relationship building, and much more.
  • To gain tools & strategies: For use in cross-cultural communication and handling potential cultural misunderstandings.
  • It's Interactive: Engage in cultural awareness activities that are enlightening and stimulating.
  • Convenience: Receive on-site training seminars or workshops at your workplace.

Trainer Corps

Texas A&M University faculty and staff who have completed Train-the-Trainer programs may volunteer to participate in the Community of Respect Trainer Corps, who deliver these training programs with the Public Partnership & Outreach Training Specialist, Dr. Suzanne Droleskey (sdrokesley[at]  Trainer Corps Members  

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Learn how to teach diversity and cross-cultural communication to your particular audience. Train-the-trainer workshops are highly interactive and designed to help intercultural practitioners such as managers, consultants, and staff developers who are responsible for presenting diversity training in their workplaces. Each training participant receives resource materials that will help them create a diversity program that fits their audience's needs. Continuing Education Units are available upon request with an additional payment. Workshops are offered occasionally, when there is sufficient interest and may be provided on or off campus. Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop.  To gain a more full understanding of the workshop curriculum, contact Dr. Suzanne Droleskey by email at sdroleskey[at]
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