Skills and Aptitudes Database

Leadership Training for Graduate Students in Sustainability

This searchable database displays how programs across the United States and Canada teach sustainability leadership skills. It is organized by an aptitude list that was co-created by the ANGLES network, but each program addresses these differently and to varying degrees. Use this database to learn more about what these programs do, make connections and ask questions. Click here to view the network map.

Aptitude 1: Fostering Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Building sustainable futures for all requires inclusive decision-making and just problem-solving around a diversity of lived experiences, outcomes, and needs.

Aptitude 2: Building Emotional Intelligence

Knowing how to value, inspire, and empathize with others will build resilience and maintain integrity despite challenges and setbacks.

Aptitude 3: Collaborating for Impact

Working in teams is essential when the urgencies and complexities of problems transcend any one discipline and demand novel integration of approaches.

Aptitude 4: Communicating & Engaging

Listening, questioning, and sharing are important for giving to and fostering exchanges between the wide array of perspectives, positions, and priorities for sustainability issues.

Aptitude 5: Strategic Thinking & Planning

Accounting for high uncertainty and complex interdependencies requires a clear vision, creative approach, and means of measuring progress against goals.

Aptitude 6: Working Productively & Efficiently

The ability to make the most of what you have, while advocating for what more you need, is critical when it comes to balancing competing priorities, resource scarcity, and getting things done.

Aptitude 7: Making Your Work Matter

Cultivating relationships and mutual understanding will help push towards solutions requiring buy-in from diverse stakeholders and decision-makers.

Title of ActivityTraining Type & DurationDescriptionProgramInstitutionAptitude 1 SkillsAptitude 2 SkillsAptitude 3 SkillsAptitude 4 SkillsAptitude 5 SkillsAptitude 6 SkillsAptitude 7 SkillsProgram Text
Anti-Racism in Science2-hour workshopWorkshop and discussion on anti-racism and why it is important in STEM, academia, and ocean/marine sciences in particular. of British Columbiaapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Balancing Science and Advocacy2-hour workshop“Stick to the science,” so many of us have heard, or we risk damaging the hard-won reputation of scientists as cautious and rational evaluators of evidence. Yet being effective in engagement with the public and policy-makers often requires words, actions, and generalizations that may be perceived as unscientific. How does a public-facing scientist working on find the balance? There is no one correct answer. This workshop is designed to help students use the available research on communications and critical self-analysis to choose their place on the continuum between science and advocacy. of British Columbiaapt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt5-skill6Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Blog WritingWriting and Peer Review for the Human Nature BlogEach Fellow writes a blog post and provides peer review for the post of another Fellow. Provides practice with writing scientific narrative that is accessible, fun, and interesting to a non-expert audience, as well as practice giving and receiving feedback from a colleague outside their discipline. Posts are hosted on the SoGES Human Nature blog and open to public comment. State Universityapt4-skill3, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Building and managing your personal board90 min.Organizations build boards to advise them on direction, connect them to the right individuals, help find funding opportunities, and champion their work. Why shouldn't you have a board too? In this session, we work with your network map, identify areas where there are gaps, and identify individuals that you can put on your Board. These are mentors that can be your champion, and that you can check in with from time to time. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6, apt2-skill8apt3-skill4apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3apt5-skill2, apt5-skill3, apt5-skill4apt6-skill1, apt6-skill2, apt6-skill3, apt6-skill4apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Collective Leadership Workshop2-hour workshopWorkshop leads participants through an examination of leadership narratives, dimensions, and skills and features real case studies of successful ecological and environmental management as a framework for learning. of British Columbiaapt2-skill4, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill8apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill4apt5-skill1Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Communicating 'Controversial' Science with Potentially 'Skeptical' Audiences4-hour workshopUnderstanding beliefs and values of different audiences, appreciating diverse perspectives. Interpreting your own values for a variety of audiences. Listening skills and how to identify shared values. Thinking about secondary audiences, argument beyond a single interaction, and gaining a better understanding of other parties' beliefs. Science communication strategies and communicative rhetoric. State Universityapt2-skill1, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6apt3-skill1, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill4, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt7-skill2, apt7-skill4Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Communicating your Research to the Provost2-hour communication exercise and social eventTimed communication exercise for Fellows to describe and sell their research to the CSU Provost in a social setting - prep for Fellows on University leadership structures, Provost leads a talk after on how their job affects and is affected by academic faculty. State Universityapt4-skill3, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt6-skill7Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Community ProjectsIntegrated team science experienceProjects with community/stakeholders. Includes debrief with program director. State Universityapt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6, apt2-skill8apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5, apt3-skill6, apt3-skill7apt5-skill1, apt5-skill2, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill6apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Earth System Science for the Anthropocene
CSUS 800 - Foundations of Community Sustainability IUniversity courseTheoretical and conceptual foundations of community sustainability. Sustainability practice. Introduction to ethics, leadership, and community engagement for sustainability. State Universityapt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5apt4-skill1apt5-skill4, apt5-skill5, apt5-skill6apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2Community Sustainability
CSUS 801 - Foundations of Community Sustainability IIUniversity courseApplications of sustainability science and systems thinking for community engagement. Boundary-crossing and organizations. Social change. Sustainability ethics. Facilitation of participatory community processes. Participatory virtues for sustainability. Group dynamics in interdisciplinary and community contexts. State Universityapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4apt6-skill4, apt6-skill5apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2, apt7-skill4Community Sustainability
CSUS 802 - Introduction to Interdisciplinary InquiryUniversity CourseInterdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research design. Community engagement as related to research and inquiry. Practical skills for developing inquiry projects. State Universityapt1-skill3apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill4, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill2apt6-skill5apt7-skill1Community Sustainability
Cultural Identity Iceberg1-2 hoursSocial constructs and cultural groupings inform how we perceive the world around us. This exercise allows students to begin to look at their own lenses and the social constructs that others use to interpret the world around them. Further investigation on how you approach the world gives students more understanding that there is a plurality in the interpretation of sustainability issues. It's easiest to understand others once you understand yourself. 10 minutes to build a cultural identity iceberg. 15 minutes to pair share 3 minutes to amend your ice berg group discussion. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill5apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill4apt5-skill4Global Sustainability Scholars Program
CV and Resumé Building60 min.In this workshop, we take a survey of different types of CVs and Resumes and we build our own. We evaluate different ways to tweak your resume for different job types in different sectors.  We use a panel of professionals to talk about the cultural norms for resumes and CVs for jobs in their fields. Students share their resumes and CVs to get feedback. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3apt5-skill4, apt5-skill6, apt5-skill8apt6-skill8apt7-skill5Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Data Visualization for the Rest of Us2-hour training(Discontinued 2020). Best practices of visual communication and data visualization, including how people interpret visual messages, graphic design basics, and do's and don't's of presenting scientific information in visual formats. State Universityapt3-skill3apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill5Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Dialogue60 min.Dialogue is a particular type of communication tool that is designed to create space for idea generation. In this session we introduce and practice the four sills of Dialogue: Voice, Listen, Respect, and Suspend. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6apt3-skill1, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5, apt3-skill7apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill4apt5-skill2apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Difficult conversations60 min.Difficult conversations happen in the best relationships. And they are important to have. We introduce and practice different tools and skills to help students navigate tricky conversations with peers, superiors, and mentees. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill6apt3-skill1, apt3-skill4apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill4, apt4-skill5apt6-skill4, apt6-skill9apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Discovering and Strengthening Your Leadership SkillsWorkshopIn this module students must answer: What are your visions and goals for your career, and how do those compare with others with very similar backgrounds and research interests?  What are your strengths in interacting with others and what are your weaknesses? How can you leverage your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses? Being a self-aware leader means investing energy in discovering how best to work with, inspire, lead and follow others. Components of the leadership training will include:
  • Personality and leadership inventories
  • Writing a vision statement
  • Techniques for successful conflict resolution Universityapt2-skill2, apt2-skill8apt3-skill1apt5-skill2Environmental Impact Fellows
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in S-E Synthesis Graduate Student Workshop8-week virtual workshop (2hours/week)25 PhD students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds gathered together each week for interactive online training focused on a different topics, such as “Enhancing S-E Synthesis Capacities to Promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)” and “Advancing DEIJ with Actionable Science.” Workshop sessions and sustained mentoring helped participants build the skill sets needed to undertake an interdisciplinary research collaboration, while also celebrating the innovation potential and problem-solving capacities gained from embracing diverse backgrounds and identities in team-based S-E synthesis research. See the workshop summary here. of Maryland, College Parkapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6apt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5, apt3-skill6, apt3-skill7apt5-skill6, apt5-skill7apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2, apt7-skill4Graduate Student Research Program
Effective Presentation Workshop3-hour trainingPart of a science communication series that focuses on delivering messages clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences. This workshop provides principles for presenting ideas and research in a clear, concise, and accurate matter. After an initial presentation, trainees work to revise a past presentation, and provide peer-to-peer feedback. of British Columbiaapt4-skill6Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Elevator Pitch30 min.Students learn to introduce themselves and the work they do to different people within 5 to 15 seconds. Who are they, what they do, what they are working on, and why it's important to that person. We practice with different stakeholders, policy, funders, reporters, and employers, etc. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt3-skill4apt5-skill4, apt5-skill8apt6-skill7, apt6-skill9apt7-skill2, apt7-skill3, apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Empathy and Understanding of Alternative Value SystemsWorkshopIn this module students must answer: What is your personal value system? How has it been shaped by your experiences? By your parents’ belief systems? By the belief systems you have studied? How well do you understand alternative value systems and how much might your lack of knowledge or empathy affect your ability to speak to people quite different from you?
  • Appreciation of alternative value systems
  • Articulating your personal value system
  • Cultivating empathy Universityapt1-skill4apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6Environmental Impact Fellows
Engagement and ImplementationBuilding and using the intellectual and personal connections necessary for having an impact on environmental sustainability Who do you need to realize your strategic plan? How will you meet, connect with and communicate with these people? What does engagement look like outside of academia?  What do you have in common with and what can you learn from the people you hope to influence? What is an appropriate and effective “ask” in different engagement contexts?
  • Identify the change makers and building connections to them
  • Building your professional network with intention
  • Running a great meeting
  • The art of a great conversation - taking risks to build trust
  • What does change/impact actually look like in different organizations? Universityapt7-skill1, apt7-skill2, apt7-skill3Environmental Impact Fellows
Engaging with First Nations4-hour workshopThis workshop introduces students to special considerations when working with indigenous communities. It includes a presentation and facilitated dialogue about working with indigenous populations in research and policy action, with time for Q&A. of British Columbiaapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Engaging with Policy Makers2-hour workshop and panelPanel discussion with local policy makers of British Columbiaapt7-skill5Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Entrepreneurial Thinking2-hour workshopGroup activities applying entrepreneurial thinking to policy scenarios. of British Columbiaapt5-skill7apt6-skill1Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
ESSA Immersive Team Science Experience1-week immersive experienceFocuses on team science. State Universityapt4-skill1, apt4-skill2Earth System Science for the Anthropocene
Facilitating Collaboration2-hour workshopWorkshop builds capacity to engage a group of people and enable them to think together. Central to this ability is the skill of being able to ask questions to understand context: landscape, problem framing, future scenarios.
  • Learn frameworks and models for effective inquiry
  • Practice designing questions and interviewing
  • Develop the art of reciprocity and relationship-building of British Columbiaapt3-skill4, apt3-skill5apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Fellows Open HouseHosted afternoon social eventA social mixer held to welcome the newly selected cohort of Fellows and celebrate the recently completed year of outgoing Fellows. All past cohorts are invited to attend. State Universityapt6-skill8apt7-skill2Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Fellows Orientation2-hour meetingOrientation meeting designed around building the cohort network and establishing relationships. State Universityapt2-skill8apt6-skill8apt7-skill2Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Graduate Leaders in Socio-Environmental Synthesis Workshop2.5-day workshop25-30 attendees from universities across North America are immersed in a diverse, collaborative environment and provided with tools to broaden their scientific thinking, networks, and practices. Attendees learn how to integrate S-E synthesis concepts, frameworks, materials, and methods into their PhD and master's research. Attendees also practice essential S-E synthesis skills, including developing interdisciplinary questions, thinking at the systems-level, capturing complex processes in research designs, blending disparate ideas and information, working collaboratively, and communicating research to diverse audiences. Attendees receive leadership training as a critical means of effecting change and advancing synthesis research. of Maryland, College Parkapt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6, apt2-skill8apt3-skill3, apt3-skill5apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill1, apt5-skill2, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill7apt6-skill2apt7-skill1, apt7-skill4Graduate Student Research Program
Graduate Pursuit Program18-month research opportunityThe SESYNC Graduate Pursuits Program is a first-of-its-kind program that supports interdisciplinary, independent, graduate-led research teams. Simultaneous to but apart from their PhD programs, teams conduct data-driven synthesis research over an 18-month period. Teams gain genuine collaborative experiences and skills while contributing to scientific knowledge, solving synthesis problems, and producing peer-reviewed outcomes. Team leaders receive leadership and project management training. Support includes a series of multi-day meetings in Annapolis, MD, sustained virtual engagement, structured mentoring and training from SESYNC staff, and tailored cyberinfrastructure and computational support. A list of Graduate Pursuits can be found here. of Maryland, College Parkapt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill4, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill7, apt2-skill8apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5, apt3-skill6, apt3-skill7apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill4, apt4-skill6apt5-skill1, apt5-skill2, apt5-skill3, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill5, apt5-skill7apt6-skill2, apt6-skill3, apt6-skill4, apt6-skill5apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2Graduate Student Research Program
Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis4-day workshopThis workshop welcomes 25-30 PhD students from around the world and across disciplines to intensive, interactive training at SESYNC. Workshop sessions and activities are led by noted S-E synthesis scholars and practitioners, and range from the science of team science, to interdisciplinary proposal writing and research design, to science communication and delivering actionable outcomes for stakeholders and decision makers. The workshop equips participants with skills, knowledge, networks, and resources to engage in and advance interdisciplinary science and collaboration. The workshop is designed to prepare graduate students to lead and/or join a Graduate Pursuit team. A former CFA can be found here. of Maryland, College Parkapt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill5apt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5, apt3-skill6, apt3-skill7apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill1, apt5-skill2, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill7apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2, apt7-skill3, apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Graduate Student Research Program
Grand Challenges in Ocean Leadershipcourse, 2 hours/weekCourse provides experience applying data and technical knowledge to develop policy and management solutions for real-world marine and coastal problems and communicating those solutions to the public and policymakers. of British Columbiaapt2-skill1apt3-skill1apt4-skill3apt5-skill2apt6-skill3apt7-skill1Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Honing Your Message Workshop2-hour trainingPart of a science communication series that focuses on delivering messages clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences. This workshop uses the Message Box approach to help participants frame their narratives and prepare one-pagers on community projects. of British Columbiaapt4-skill5apt7-skill3Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Inclusive science practices - Transdisciplinary Research60 min.When doing transdisciplinary research, making sure that stakeholders or communities most impacted by science and the resulting policies are involved from the onset is important to get it "right". In this session, we talk explore transdisciplinary research, the tools used, best practices and the sticking points. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill6, apt3-skill7apt4-skill1apt5-skill7apt6-skill4apt7-skill2, apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Interfaces of Global Change Capstone ProjectSemester+ projectThe IGC Capstone Experience is an extracurricular, student-led project under the mentorship of Global Change Center faculty. The capstone experience is designed to provide at least three of the following learning outcomes:
  1. Practice skills that promote successful team-based collaboration such as project management, team principles, conflict management, etc.
  2. Characterize the differences among and barriers to multi-, inter-, and/or trans-disciplinary projects and develop skills for working successfully on such projects
  3. Apply skills for working at the science/society interface, for example by engaging stakeholders, addressing ethical implications, making connections to policy, etc.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills (any media) Techapt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill7apt5-skill2, apt5-skill6, apt5-skill7Global Change Center
Interfaces of Global Change First SemesterSemester-long courseCollectively, the IGC seminars produce the key learning outcomes:
  • Advance understanding of how global challenges interact to form wicked problems requiring trans-disciplinary problem-solving approaches
  • Improve understanding & practice of interdisciplinary team science
  • Advance understanding & skills to work in the science-policy interface
  • Be able to discuss environmental justice & examples
  • Improve science communication skills
Topics for the 1st seminar include:
  • Exploration of interdisciplinary methods used in research
  • Building science communication skills
  • Career planning & exploration of alternative (non-academic) careers
  • Diversity & inclusion in global change fields Techapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2apt5-skill1, apt5-skill4Global Change Center
Interfaces of Global Change Second SemesterSemester-long courseCollectively, the IGC seminars produce the following key learning outcomes:
  • Advance understanding of how global challenges interact to form wicked problems requiring trans-disciplinary problem-solving approaches
  • Improve understanding & practice of interdisciplinary team science
  • Advance understanding & skills to work in the science-policy interface
  • Be able to discuss environmental justice & examples
  • Improve science communication skills
Topics for the 2nd seminar include:
  • Exploring interdisciplinary team science (e.g. interdisciplinary panel discussions about the process, challenges, and benefits of interdisciplinary research)
  • Preparation for capstone project
  • Defining the science-policy interface Techapt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt3-skill2, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5Global Change Center
Interfaces of Global Change Third SemesterSemester-long courseCollectively, the IGC seminars produce the following key learning outcomes:
  • Advance understanding of how global challenges interact to form wicked problems requiring trans-disciplinary problem-solving approaches
  • Improve understanding & practice of interdisciplinary team science
  • Advance understanding & skills to work in the science-policy interface
  • Be able to discuss environmental justice & examples
  • Improve science communication skills
Topics for the 3rd seminar include:
  • Career planning
  • Exploration of the science-policy interface (e.g. Discussions with scientists working in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government and at NGOs)
  • Science communication (flash talks, capstone projects) Techapt6-skill1, apt6-skill2, apt6-skill3, apt6-skill8, apt6-skill9apt7-skill2, apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Global Change Center
InternshipOptional internshipExplicit focus on scaling with NGOs State Universityapt5-skill9Earth System Science for the Anthropocene
Letters of intent and project two pagers60 min.Writing strong letters of intent and brief proposals is key to shopping your ideas to different funders, communicators, and potential partners. In this workshop, we do just that. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt3-skill2, apt3-skill7apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill2, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill6, apt5-skill7, apt5-skill8apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Making an accessible presentation60 min.Students learn about best practices for giving slide presentations. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill4apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Making WavesScience-policy event, students present community project to the general publicThis event provides trainees an opportunity to practice their communication training by sharing the results of their community projects with stakeholders in the community. of British Columbiaapt4-skill6Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Media Training Workshop & Interview Practice1.5-hour trainingThis series exposes students to media interaction and interviews and introduces techniques and approaches to make them effective including mock interviews and practice. of British Columbiaapt7-skill3Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Meeting Facilitation 101 (offered some years)2-hour trainingRunning effective meetings including planning, execution, and followup. Essentials of designing and facilitating effective meetings, identifying participants, planning for intended outcomes, inclusion and participation, dealing with conflict, and tips for virtual meetings. State Universityapt1-skill4apt2-skill8apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill7apt6-skill4, apt6-skill5apt7-skill4Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Mentorship/CoachingConcurrent to programWorking with external and academic advisors to chart individualized curriculum and professional development plan. State Universityapt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill8apt5-skill8Earth System Science for the Anthropocene
Navigating your story - ladder of inference60 min.This exercise focuses on the "data" and all the different parts of one's inner narrative that can lead to misconceptions and miscommunication. We dissect different situations using the ladder of inference. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill4apt5-skill2, apt5-skill5, apt5-skill6apt6-skill7apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Network Mapping60 min.Students take the time to map their professional networks and layer the different dimensions onto the map. Students identify gaps and set intentions for where we need to do some work in building more connections. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3apt3-skill2, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill6apt5-skill2, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill5, apt5-skill6, apt5-skill8apt6-skill2apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Networking1.5 hour brown bag seriesFaculty and students discuss lessons from personal experience. of British Columbiaapt7-skill2Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Partnering with First Nations4-hour workshopIncludes session led by first Nations members on working with researcher. of British Columbiaapt7-skill4Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Photo voice projects60 min.Students use photos and stories to convey the impact of their research. Through this method, we hear about aspects of the research process that impact the people doing the work. This is a more personal journey through the story of the research experience. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt3-skill2apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill4Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Riding Big Waves: Collaborative Encounters with Conflict2-hour trainingTraining explores systemic drivers of conflict and builds skills towards collaboration in the spirit of courage, comfort, and curiosity. Participants reflect on personal challenges, interpersonal dynamics, and systemic structures through activities and games that offer a new way to look at old patterns. of British Columbiaapt3-skill1, apt3-skill2apt6-skill9Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Risk Analysis and Decision Making Workshop2-hour workshopWorkshop helps participants explore dimensions of risk and risk assessment and how this is used to make decisions in project management, environmental assessments, and other situations of British Columbiaapt5-skill2, apt5-skill3, apt5-skill4, apt5-skill5Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Rules of engagement90 min.Many professional settings have different unwritten rules for conduct or strategies for different settings. In academia, many of the settings are casual and less official, but there are still expected norms. In this session, we ask what are the rules of engagement for different settings such as professional meetings; managing letter writers and mentors; speaking with program heads at NSF; transitioning to a place of power; reviewing applications, papers, and proposals; and other professional settings. We use a panel of folks from different sectors and have an engaging conversation. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3apt3-skill2, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill6apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill4, apt5-skill5, apt5-skill6apt6-skill2, apt6-skill4, apt6-skill7, apt6-skill9apt7-skill2Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Scenario Planning2-hour classroom activityIntro to scenario planning of British Columbiaapt5-skill1Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Science CommunicationWorkshopIn this module students must answer: How can you most effectively connect to, inspire, educate and influence others with information? In what medium are you best able to express yourself and what mediums would you like to explore?  What are different mechanisms of communication for different goals, and how do you prepare for each (e.g., interviews, op-eds, deposition, testimony, memos).
  • Developing a TED talk, data visualization platform or story from your PhD research
  • Learning to tell stories and bringing your personal narrative into your science
  • What are the basics of a legal deposition?
  • Giving effective Congressional or courtroom testimony
  • Distilling complex ideas into coherent memos or op-eds Universityapt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt7-skill3Environmental Impact Fellows
Science Communication 1015 modules of 75 minutes each Carolina State Universityapt4-skill2, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt7-skill1, apt7-skill2, apt7-skill3, apt7-skill4Global Change Fellows Program
Science Communication CourseSemester-long courseInterfaces of Global Change Fellows complete a course of choice that teaches science communication skills. The most popular elective course is “Communicating Science” GRAD 5144, taught by the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech. This course is capped at 18 students and is highly participatory, using theatre improvisation games and exercises as well as writing to help students become more effective at distilling their research and communicating it to non-specialist audiences. A focus on relaxation and deep listening helps participants make their communication more personal, direct, spontaneous, and responsive. The course provides opportunities for students to present their research to public audiences. Techapt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6Global Change Center
Science Communication Workshop2.5-day workshopWorkshop led by COMPASS, science communication specialists and guest journalist trainers. Intensive multi-day workshop includes: foundations of effective science communication; knowing your audience and crafting a good narrative; understanding the media, media platforms, and how to talk to journalists; bridging the worlds of science and journalism; and preparing for interviews and interview practice. State Universityapt2-skill2apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt6-skill8apt7-skill2, apt7-skill3Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Science communications - Put your message in the box90 min.Students will identify their audience, define their message (who, what, and why) by distilling it into the problem, the so what, the solutions, and the benefit. Small groups, solo time, share out, refine and present. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill3apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Science of Team Science2-hour trainingWorking on interdisciplinary teams; building a shared language and vision; change management, negotiation, and conflict resolution; leadership for all team members; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion on teams. State Universityapt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill8apt3-skill1, apt3-skill2, apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill5, apt3-skill6, apt3-skill7apt5-skill2apt6-skill5Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Science, Policy, and Interacting with Policymakers2-hour trainingUnderstanding the policy landscape, entities, and individuals. Opportunities for science-policy interaction. Best practices for shaping policy decisions and interacting with policy makers as a scientist. State Universityapt3-skill4, apt3-skill5apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill9apt6-skill9apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Shrinking story90 min.Students learn how to boil their message down into a bite-size.  This is a fun activity to energize the group and to learn how to get a tight message. Students take their research topic and are given 90 seconds to describe it to an identified audience. The moderator changes the audience while they are talking, then they must explain their topic in 30 seconds, then 15 seconds, and 9 seconds. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill2, apt2-skill5, apt2-skill6apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt6-skill9apt7-skill3, apt7-skill4, apt7-skill5Global Sustainability Scholars Program
SOS Workshop CourseSemester-long course State Universityapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2apt4-skill1, apt4-skill2, apt4-skill3, apt4-skill4, apt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt5-skill4apt7-skill1, apt7-skill3Earth System Science for the Anthropocene
Story Time with Ocean Leaders1.5-hour monthly Discussion SeriesHeld once per month, the discussion series is focused on a life lesson from an Ocean Leader. The featured Ocean Leader answers the simple prompt: Talk about a story that has impacted you or share how you ended up at UBC. of British Columbiaapt2-skill7apt6-skill2Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Storytelling Trainings (various)2-hour trainingVariety of past workshops offered different years. Have included storytelling best practices and narrative for writing, for video, and spoken formats. State Universityapt4-skill5, apt4-skill6apt7-skill3Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Strategic Planning for Careers 12-hour workshopWhat is it you hope to accomplish in different phases/stages of your career? In the next five, ten, twenty years of your life? What are the challenges you will have to overcome to meet these goals? What partners will you need? What skills must you attain? What sort of career path will best allow you to accomplish your goals and vision? What are the tradeoffs of different career trajectories?  What types of careers exist in your field, and what are the impacts that are possible (and not possible) through those different careers?
  • Identifying goals toward the vision statement
  • Snowballing and network development
  • Exposure to career options
  • Techniques for time management and prioritization Universityapt5-skill8Environmental Impact Fellows
The role of qualitative AND quantitative research methods in sustainability60 min.This is a quick introduction to the power of mixed methods and the role of qualitative and quantitative research in complex coupled natural and human systems. This session is best for early-stage graduate students.University of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill4apt2-skill6apt3-skill3, apt3-skill4, apt3-skill7apt5-skill2, apt5-skill3, apt5-skill4Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Time Management and Writing Productivity2-hour trainingTime management training to maximize productivity, manage work/life balance, achieve deep work and focused time, and aligning tasks to higher-level goals and strategy. Includes strategies for email management, identifying goals, matching projects to goals, work and task planning, time tracking, accountability, and writing productivity. State Universityapt2-skill2, apt2-skill6apt3-skill7apt5-skill5, apt5-skill6, apt5-skill8apt6-skill1, apt6-skill2, apt6-skill3, apt6-skill5apt7-skill1Sustainability Leadership Fellows
Unconscious Bias - we all have them60 min.Students read a few articles and talk about unconscious bias and its role in systems. We take unconscious bias tests and pair-share about how it can effect our work. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill1, apt1-skill2, apt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill2, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt3-skill4Global Sustainability Scholars Program
Writing One-pagers2-hour classroom activityPart of a science communication series that focuses on delivering messages clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences. This workshop focuses on preparing one-page summaries of research for policymakers. of British Columbiaapt7-skill5Training Our Future Ocean Leaders
Writing YOUR mission statement60 min.Students work on writing their mission statement. This is a statement that has a five-year horizon and aligns with values and ethics. We use this to build out the work that they are doing using flame mode. of Colorado Boulderapt1-skill3, apt1-skill4apt2-skill1, apt2-skill3, apt2-skill6apt5-skill6, apt5-skill7, apt5-skill8apt6-skill2apt7-skill1Global Sustainability Scholars Program