The Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement has a large variety of workshops that we will come and facilitate for your group free of charge. To request a workshop, fill out the form linked below. Please try and schedule workshops at least two weeks in advance. We try and respond to all requests within two business days.

If you have any questions about any of our workshops please email holdenleadership@uoregon.edu to schedule a brief consultation, we can work together to identity the best workshop(s) to meet your group's goals. 

Due to the precautions being taken by the University of Oregon to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all workshops will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.

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Please note that we will not be available to facilitate workshops September 18–26, due to conflicts with our student staff training schedule.


“Thank you so much, this was the best leadership training I’ve received in over four years!”

“Your workshop helped facilitate conversation that helped us grow to be a more inclusive and strong organization. This was the best Zoom training I’ve ever been to.”

“I think these workshops should be required workshop for all leaders on campus. Honestly is was great. Loved all of it. And the facilitators are amazing!”


Workshop Categories

Our workshops are sorted into the following categories: 

FUNDAMENTAL — These workshops cover what we consider to be the most essential leadership skills. These workshops primarily focus on personal growth, examining our identities, and reflecting on how we show up in group spaces.

INTERMEDIATE — These workshops are designed for people to build upon essential skills to develop more well-rounded and culturally conscious leadership practices. These workshops focus on continued personal development and implementing change on a group level.

ADVANCED — These workshops are designed for students who want to build upon their established leadership skills and experience, and are very action-oriented. These workshops focus on implementing change on a group and community level.

IDENTITY-BASED — While most of our workshops include identity-based conversations, these workshops are specifically designed for group members to explore their various social identities, and how their identities influence their approaches to leadership.


“The facilitator was amazing—engaging and very knowledgeable, understanding, and prepared. For only a 60-minute presentation it held a lot of valuable information for such a short time.”

“The Inclusive Leadership workshop conducted by a Holden student staff member late in spring term is still one of the most insightful and transformative experiences of 2020.”


Workshop Topics

Balancing Life and Leadership (50 minutes) 

FUNDAMENTAL

An essential part of effective leadership is prioritizing your well-being. In this workshop, we will examine self-care and what that looks like balancing our emotional, physical, and professional aspects in our lives. By the end of the workshop, each participant will identify small changes to implement in their day-to-day lives that will making a lasting impact on their well-being.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will learn about different types of self-care (emotional, physical, professional) 
  • Participants will identify two strategies for enhancing their self-care practices 

Great for groups… 

  • With any level of leadership experience 
  • Seeking to prioritize wellness, goal-setting, and habit building
  • With members that are busy and/or have a lot of responsibility

Building a Community: How to Increase Connection and Collaboration (50 minutes) 

INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

This community-based conversation will empower your team to foster genuine relationships that are both inclusive and a strive toward sustainable camaraderie. Learn how to make authentic connections while fostering collaboration among team members through discussion and reflection on intentional community-building practices.

Workshop learning outcomes:

  • Participants will learn the many benefits of intentionally incorporating community-building activities into group activities
  • Participants will identify several strategies for strengthening their community

 Great for groups… 

  • Working closely together
  • Aiming to increase recruitment, retention, and involvement
  • Wanting to learn tangible strategies for enhancing community and connection 

Civic Engagement as Activism (50 minutes) 

INTERMEDIATE

So you voted for president; how do you civically engage now? Activism, service, and civic engagement are so closely intertwined, and it’s time we examine how we can more meaningfully engage and work within systems through community building and activation. Participants will be able to identify realistic action steps that are related to the passions they already have. 

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will discuss the connection between service, activism, and civic engagement
  • Participants will learn strategies for effective civic engagement 
  • Participants will discuss how they can use civic engagement as a tool for making change 

Great for groups... 

  • Wanting to identify tangible ways to serve and civically engage in their community
  • Wanting to connect their group’s mission and passions to service and activism

Discovering Your Leadership Style (50 minutes) 

FUNDAMENTAL

This workshop will allow every member of your team to identify their unique leadership style and strengths through an activity assignment process. We will explore how everyone can utilize their leadership styles together to collaborate effectively, maximize results, and build lasting relationships.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will know leadership style and the strengths of their style 
  • Participants understand how they need support from others 
  • Participants will learn about other leadership styles on their team

Great for groups... 

  • Searching for an introductory leadership workshop
  • Who work closely together
  • Wanting to learn how they can best utilize each other's strengths and support one another  

How to Facilitate on Zoom (50-90 minutes*)  

This workshop covers all the basic features of Zoom so your team members will leave feeling much more comfortable on this online platform. In addition to exploring features like screensharing and breakout rooms, we also discuss tips and tricks that make facilitation on Zoom as easy and engaging as possible.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will increase their confidence using breakout rooms, screen sharing, and the annotation feature on Zoom  
  • Participants will learn how they can utilize Zoom features in an engaging way

Great for groups…  

  • With no previous Zoom experience to intermediate Zoom experience 
  • Who need to know how to use Zoom in an engaging and efficient way
  • Wanting to practice using features such as breakout rooms in a supported space 

*The 50-minute version of this workshop will be lecture-style; the 90-minute version allows space for participants to practice using Zoom’s features. 

How to Practice Anti-Racist Leadership (90 minutes) 

ADVANCED

In order to cultivate an environment that values every person’s racial background and promotes understanding and collaboration, it is important to approach leadership with an anti-racist perspective. This workshop will equip participants with core understandings of topics such as race, racism, and white supremacy and teach essential skills that are rooted in anti-racism. By taking a discussion-based approach, participants will be able to grapple with the concepts presented in the workshop within their groups, as well as learn and grow together from different perspectives and case studies that replicate real-life scenarios.

Workshop Learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will be able to define race, racism, and white supremacy  
  • Participants will understand how to implement the core tenets of anti-racism into their lives  
  • Participants can provide three anti-racist strategies they will utilize in their leadership space

Great for groups… 

  • With any level of familiarity with topics such as race, racism, and white supremacy 
  • Seeking to increase their cultural competency skills
  • Interested in taking an anti-racist approach to leadership 

Identifying and Exploring Your Personal Values (50 minutes) 

FUNDAMENTAL 

This workshop will give insight into the core values that drive our lives and equip participants with skills that will allow them to live and lead in accordance with their personal values. We will also discuss how our identities influence our values, and how we can work well with others who hold with different values.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will identify their three core personal values and how their values show up in day-to-day life  
  • Participants will understand how their identities influence their values
  • Participants will identify at least one way that they can live more in alignment with their values

Great for groups… 

  • With any level of leadership experience
  • Desiring to increase their team’s connection through sharing and personal reflection
  • Wanting to understand how their values show up in their roles (and daily lives)

Identifying and Overcoming Imposter Feelings (50 minutes)

FUNDAMENTAL 

This workshop discusses what imposter feelings are and how they show up in our day-to-day lives. Participants will take a quick assessment to learn about their unique “imposter type” to better understand when and how they experience imposter feelings and how they impact us. Next, we will discuss the interconnectedness of identities, environment, and imposterism. Lastly, participants will also engage in discussion to create strategies that allow them to overcome their imposter feelings.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will identify their imposter type and how it shows up in their lives 
  • Participants will understand how their identities influence imposterism
  • Participants will identify strategies to overcome imposter feelings

Great for groups…  

  • With any level of leadership experience
  • Desiring to boost confidence and promote authentic conversation
  • Comfortable engaging in a vulnerable and productive discussion surrounding imposter feelings and overcoming those feelings

Intersection of Identity and Leadership (50 minutes)  

FUNDAMENTAL, IDENTITY-BASED

This workshop allows participants to examine how their leadership styles are influenced and impacted by the identities most important to them; and how they can use their identities to inspire and empower their leadership. We will also discuss why cultural competency and taking an identity-based approach is an essential leadership skill; including the ability to create inclusive spaces and collaborate effectively with people from all different experiences.  

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will reflect on how their intersecting identities influence their leadership approach 
  • Participants will identify aspects of their identities they are proud of
  • Participants will identify how they can empower themselves and others 

Great for groups…  

  • With any level of group familiarity 
  • With beginner or intermediate levels of leadership experience and/or identity-based discussions
  • Wanting to understand how identities influence leadership

For further discussion, Intersection of Identity and Leadership should be paired with Introduction to Inclusive Leadership Practices.

Introduction to Inclusive Leadership Practices: 1-Hour version (60 minutes) 

FUNDAMENTAL

This workshop explores privilege and oppression from an individual and systemic lens, and expands participant's understanding of how privilege can impact perspectives on life. This workshop's discussion will include unconscious bias and explore its multitude of forms, and provide scenario-based activities for participants to start practicing what inclusive leadership can look like. If timing allows, we recommend the two-hour version of this workshop (below).

Workshop learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will identity two ways privilege plays a role in their life  
  • Participants can describe examples of how unconscious bias shows up in day-to-day life  
  • Participants will identify strategies for integrating inclusive and culturally conscious leadership practices

Great for groups…  

  • With any level of group familiarity  
  • Wanting to prioritize inclusivity and cultural competency 
  • Committed to examining and exploring their own privileges and unconscious biases

Introduction to Inclusive Leadership Practices: 2-Hour Version (120 minutes) 

INTERMEDIATE

This workshop builds upon the 1-hour version to further explore how privilege and oppression operates on a systemic level. The two-hour version also includes additional time for group discussion and more detailed strategies for practicing allyship and engagement. This workshop can easily be separated into two 1-hour workshops.

Workshop learning outcomes (in addition to those listed for the 1-hour version): 

  • Participants will have an increased understanding of systemic privilege and oppression 
  • Participants will be able to identify tangible ways of practicing allyship and engagement without their group/community

Great for groups…  

  • Committed to integrating inclusivity and cultural competency into their group practices
  • Wanting to create action steps to make their space more equitable and inclusive

For further discussion, Introduction to Inclusive Leadership Practices (2-hour version) should be paired with How to Practice Anti-Racist Leadership.

Leadership Fundamentals: Understanding Leadership and Its Preconceptions (50 minutes)  

FUNDAMENTAL

This workshop covers the very fundamentals of leadership, aiming to help us understand what is leadership and how can we practice it in our daily lives. All members of your group will engage in a variety of leadership-oriented discussions that allow them to reflect on how social messaging and lived experiences have influenced the way they perceive leadership. Then, we will discuss how to breakdown these internalized preconceptions to create an empowering view of leadership.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will be able to articulate their personal definition of leadership  
  • Participants will identify one common preconception of leadership they struggle with

Great for groups… 

  • Wanting their group members to self-identify as leaders, regardless of the position they may or may not hold
  • Wanting their members to approach leadership from an empowering context
  • Seeking to engage in activities that will build community and foster dialogue

For further discussion, Leadership Fundamentals should be paired with the subsequent workshop, Leadership and You: Understanding Our Purpose as Leaders.

Leadership and You: Understanding Our Purpose as Leaders (50 minutes) 

INTERMEDIATE

This workshop is designed to help participants understand how our identities and our lived experiences influence how we perceive leadership and how we show up within a leadership role. Participants will reflect upon their identities, values, and passions to identify their own leadership intention and inspiration. This workshop helps make the jump between leadership as a theory, to leadership as a practice. 

Workshop learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will be able to connect their passions to their leadership intentions 
  • Participants can define leadership in their own words
  • Participants are able to articulate how they practice leadership in their daily lives

Great for groups… 

  • With any level of group familiarity, with limited to intermediate leadership experience 
  • Wanting their members to understand how their leadership philosophy guides and influences them 
  • Hoping their members will self-identify as leaders

Leadership During a Crisis (50 minutes)  

ADVANCED

This workshop starts a conversation about the psychological impacts of a crisis, and how leaders can best support themselves and those around them during turbulent times. This discussion-based workshop will cover common “leadership traps” during times of crisis, discuss strategies for supporting group members, and share techniques for alleviating stress and chaos.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will learn about different leadership traps to avoid during times of crisis  
  • Participants will learn various support techniques
  • Participants will create an action plan to apply what they learned

Great for groups...  

  • With members that are experiencing crisis or difficult times, or are looking to prepare themselves for difficult situations 
  • Wanting to learn how to effectively adapt their leadership style within different contexts
  • Wanting to learn techniques to support group members during difficult times

Leading Your Peers: Balancing Friendship and Responsibility (50 minutes)  

INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

This workshop is designed for students who currently hold or will hold leadership positions that oversee their peers – including in work, academic, and co-curricular environments. Participants will be given suggestions on how to navigate their leadership role while maintaining professional and personal relationships. The workshop will end with group-specific scenarios to understand how they can apply peer leadership skills.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will learn about unique challenges associated with leading peers 
  • Participants will learn various strategies for overcoming these challenges

Great for groups…  

  • Wanting to elevate their performance within a leadership role, or prepare for an upcoming leadership role
  • Currently overseeing peers or will oversee peers in the future
  • Are interested in balancing personal and professional relationships within a leadership context  

Planning and Executing Effective Group Facilitation (50 minutes)  

ADVANCED

This workshop is designed to help individuals maximize their effectiveness as a facilitator; including both intentional planning and successful execution. Through guided activities and discussion, participants will gain a better understanding of their strengths as a facilitator as well as discover potential areas for improvement.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will learn the basics of effective facilitation, and the common traps of ineffective facilitation
  • Participants will learn a variety of strategies to boost connection and engagement 
  • Participants will identify at least one way they can improve their facilitation

Great for groups… 

  • With any level of facilitation experience
  • Doing individual or group facilitation within their roles
  • Wanting to improve the effectiveness of their meetings

For further discussion, Planning and Executing Effective Group Facilitation could be paired with Public Speaking Skills: Increasing Your Confidence and Effectiveness.

Public Speaking Skills: Increasing Your Confidence and Effectiveness (50 minutes)  

ADVANCED

This workshop offers a series of activities designed to establish or rebuild your comfort when speaking in front of an audience or group. We will share strategies of how you can maximize the effectiveness of your speaking to aid you in your leadership role. Note: this workshop is hands-on and provide opportunities to practice public speaking with the group.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants can identify the traits of an effective public speaker 
  • Participants will reflect on their own public speaking habits, and identify areas for growth
  • Participants will learn strategies for improving their public speaking skills

Great for groups...  

  • With public speaking as part of their role, and want to increase their effectiveness and comfortability when speaking
  • Looking for ways to be influential and motivating speakers when providing important messages  
  • Willing to be vulnerable and fully engaged during the workshop

This workshop pairs well with Planning and Executing Effective Group Facilitation.

Project Management: Planning the Success of Any Project (60-120 minutes) 

INTERMEDIATE

Regardless of the scope of your project, this workshop will help you understand what needs to be done, when it needs to be done by, and how you can make it happen! We are happy to help share the project management framework (1 hour version), or work with you to map out your project plan (2 hours). Note: This workshop is most effective when you have a project in mind you would like to plan.

Workshop learning outcomes: 

  • Participants can identify their strengths while working on a group project
  • Participants will leave the workshop with a detailed action plan to meet their goals
  • Participants will know how to apply the project management framework to any project

Great for groups … 

  • Working collaboratively on large projects
  • Wanting to reflect on their strengths and areas of growth while working on a team project

Queer Leadership (50 minutes)

INTERMEDIATE, IDENTITY-BASED

This workshop explores how intersecting identities, specifically LGBTQ+ identities, can or have impacted your ability to participate in leadership and leadership roles. Participants will learn about influential LGBTQ+ leaders, and reflect on how their own identities can fuel and empower their leadership. This workshop is not exclusive to those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and is encouraged for all audiences.

Workshop learning outcomes:   

  • Participants will learn about various Queer historical leaders
  • Participants will identify ways in which they see themselves as a leader and how their identity influences their leadership skills

Great for groups… 

  • Prioritizing inclusive and culturally conscious leadership practices
  • Wanting to reflect on their own LGBTQ+ identity and how it relates to leadership, or want to learn how to practice LBGTQ+ allyship within their leadership role
  • Willing and eager to engage in identity-based discussions

For further discussion, Queer Leadership should be paired with Intersection of Identity and Leadership or Introduction to Inclusive Leadership Practices.

Radical Empowerment: Strategies for Inspiring and Empowering Others (50 minutes)  

INTERMEDIATE

This unique and impactful workshop explores techniques to empower ourselves and others to reach our maximum potential through the power of radical listening and intentional recognition. Participants will leave this workshop with tangible techniques to boost community, increase connection, and enhance active listening skills.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants can identify how radical listening impacts conversations and relationships in a positive way  
  • Participants can describe one way they can empower others using the tools/strategies covered in the workshop

Great for groups...  

  • Working in group settings or in 1:1 environments (such as advising roles)
  • Wanting to develop their listening skills and learn how to quickly their deepen connection with others
  • Undergoing a staff training, retreat, or any related team building event  
  • Looking to learn how to empower others on campus within their own role

Strategies for Collaborative Conflict Resolution (90 minutes)  

ADVANCED

We acknowledge that in any group setting conflict will at some point arise, so it is essential to know how to manage and resolve conflict in healthy and constructive ways. In this workshop participants will identify their personal conflict resolution style, have conversations around turning unhealthy conflict into health conflict, and learn how to respond to various situations of conflict in group settings or 1:1.

Workshop learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will be able to distinguish unhealthy and healthy conflict  
  • Participants will learn strategies for turning an unhealthy conflict into a healthy conflict  
  • Participants will identify their conflict style, and the tendencies of that style

Great for groups… 

  • With any level of group familiarity 
  • Regularly working together to solve problems and/or wanting to strengthen their team members’ relationships 
  • Wanting to develop their conflict resolution skills in a safe and supported space

Taking a Critical Lens to Service (50 minutes)  

ADVANCED

What is the difference between service, volunteering, and voluntourism? Is one more beneficial than the others? What is the most positive and impactful way you can engage in your community? In our “Taking a Critical Lens to Service” workshop we reflect upon these questions, examine our identities and how they influence service, and discuss strategies for engaging in service that best benefits our communities.

Workshop learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will learn about the detriments of “voluntourism” and “performative” service, including the way service can be unintentionally harmful 
  • Participants will reflect on the importance of reflecting on their own identities, and the identities of the groups they are serving
  • Participants will be able to identify the tenets of intentional and helpful service

Great for groups …  

  • Regularly engaged with their community, or would like to become more engaged with the community 
  • Wanting to learn how to engage in service in a helpful and impactful way

Team Building Activities (30-90 minutes)  

In this workshop, we will design a series of team building activities specifically selected to create a more connected and comfortable environment within you group. Activities will be chosen and tailored based on your group’s goals, number of participants, level of familiarity, and desired duration.

Workshop learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will learn more about the members of their group 
  • Participants will feel more connected to their group/team members 

Great for groups…  

  • Just getting to know each other, or existing groups who want to increase their sense of connectedness 
  • Working closely together 
  • Wanting to provide a workshop that is fun an engaging

Women in Leadership (50 minutes)

INTERMEDIATE, IDENTITY-BASED

Individuals will participate in conversations designed to bring awareness to the challenges faced by women in leadership roles, both historically and personally. This workshop will consist of strategies and discussions for overcoming these challenges and how to build an effective support system of allyship across all identities.

Workshop learning outcomes:  

  • Participants will recognize the challenges specific to women in leadership  
  • Participants will identify ways to support women in leadership roles

Great for groups…  

  • Wanting to create and sustain community around being a woman or gain/provide information centered around women in leadership
  • Who predominately identify as women, however this workshop is not exclusive to women

For further discussion, Women in Leadership could be paired with Intersection of Identity and Leadership.