Navigating Difference published in Journal of Extension

To read the article see additional information below

Training Information:

  • When: May 9-11, 2017 | 9am-4pm each day
  • Where: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA
  • Cost: WSU $250 | Non-WSU $375
  • Registration: Is Now Closed.  A minimum of 15 participants is needed to conduct the training and our maximum participation is 30.  Registration closes on April 26.
  • Details:  Registration fees cover all materials, 18 hours of training, 3 continental  breakfasts, AM and PM breaks, 3 lunches and parking.
  • Trainers: Mary Katherine Deen, Merrianneeta Nesbitt, Louise Parker, WSU Navigating Difference Trainers.
  • Lodging Options: You are responsible for making your own lodging reservations.  Listed below are two options for lodging that are convienient.

Talaris Conference Center

4000 NE 41st ST.  Seattle, WA  98105-5428
Phone:  206-268-7000

Details on the accommodations can be found at:

A code has been set up for the hotel rooms at Talaris, so please call in to the front desk directly and use the “WSU Workshop” as a code to receive the special $159 rate. This rate will not be available if you book online. The front desk line is 206-268-7000.


Silver Cloud Inn – University District

5036 25th Ave. ND Seattle, WA 98105
Phone:  206-526-5200

Conveniently located just one mile from the Talaris Conference Center hotel shuttles are available to transport you to and from Talaris during your stay. Each of the guestrooms and suites have complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwaves, and refrigerators. Our complimentary Silver Cloud Breakfast is offered daily in addition to our new expanded fitness and business centers. The hotel has a year round indoor pool and spa.

If you are interested in arranging a training for your organization or group, please contact Mary Katherine Deen at or Merrianneeta Nesbitt at

The training is based on the WSUE Cultural Competencies and is designed using key adult education theory and practice that create a safe and welcoming environment for all learners.  The learning activities respect and support individual learning styles, and the participants’ life experiences are viewed as an important source of knowledge. The intent of the program is to gain knowledge and skills that can be used when engaging in a new situation/culture, rather than focusing on specific cultural knowledge.

Additional Info:

For more details about the Navigating Difference Training format and evaluation, refer to :

  • Navigating Difference published in Journal of Extension (link)
  • National 4-H Program of Distinction (pdf)
  • Overview: Navigating Difference Cultural Competence Training Overview (pdf)
  • Poster: WSU Extension’s Navigating Difference Cultural Competence Training: Increasing Our Skills to Increase Our Reach Cultural Compencies Poster (pdf)