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Do You Know Your Rules? Improving Intercultural Interactions - Canceled

Thursday, April 8, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Do you ever wonder…

  • “Why is my relationship with my mentor so formal,when others laugh and joke with him? Am I doing something wrong?”
  • “Why does my student trainee often ignore my instructions? She seems to think they are just suggestions. Am I not being clear enough?”
  • “Why didn’t my lab-mate speak up to the PI in lab meeting? We just discussed that she should stand up for herself!”

Knowing your own internal rules and expectations can have a positive impact on interactions with your fellow postdocs, students,family, and most importantly, your mentor.  The rules that direct our behaviors are often cultural – learned in childhood.  Like fish unaware of the water they live in, we can be just as oblivious to the cultural norms that drive our behavior.  In this workshop, we’ll explore some of our own rules and what values we are maintaining by following the rules.  We will also discuss how to communicate our rules and expectations to others in a positive way, and how to understand how others’ rules may affect their behavior.

Speaker:  Paige Vinson is Assistant Director of Duke International House, where she creates programming for international students, scholars, staff, and their families.  In addition, she leads cross-cultural communication workshops for administrators and local business members. Paige is a certified ESL Instructor, Intercultural Trainer, and Koru Mindfulness Instructor.

A Zoom link will be shared with confirmed registrants. This event is part of the Mentoring and Communication Series sponsored by The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Services, at

This event has been canceled. For a similar workshop on this topic, also on April 8 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, see the Cross-Cultural Communication workshop from International House. Register here.



Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Self Awareness
  • Core Competencies