Instructors: Steve Gibbs, Denise Haynes

Ethics are the deeply held convictions upon which we base our attitudes, choices, and actions, all of which have consequences. Our ethics will ultimately define who we are as individuals and how others perceive us. There is value in learning to articulate our ethical stand on personal and social issues.

With the awareness that life experience may alter our own ethical beliefs, there is wisdom in being open to listening to others’ ethical opinions to gain an understanding of those around us, as well as challenging our own ideals and behavior.


Instructors: Li Gibbs, Xavier Cañez

Experiences are dynamic teachers and even the most painful experiences have the ability to connect us to ourselves and to others in powerful and positive ways. Life experiences impact our attitudes and the choices we make. There is value in sharing our hearts and experiences with others. Life experiences within any given group may vary greatly and when shared can provide insight, empathy, and greater understanding.

Being open to the experience of honest personal transparency and being available to provide a safe place for others to do the same is a profound tool for personal growth and empowerment.

There is wisdom in being willing to share our own human experiences and giving others the opportunity to do the same.


Instructors: Wes Morris, Lydia Caceres

•What qualities make a good team player?
•What qualities make an effective team leader?
•What makes a powerful team?

Collaborative situations can bring out the best and the worst in us. A collaborative effort can show us a lot about ourselves and about others. Team situations can illuminate our personal strengths and weaknesses, and those of the group as a whole. Team situations can inspire, encourage and challenge us and be conduits of creativity and innovation.

There is collective wisdom or co-intelligence that is greater than the sum of its parts.


Instructors: Sam Hammoudeh, Joel Leyva Roman

•What are your perceptions of the people you encounter as you go about your day?
•What would it be like to spend a day in someone else’s shoes?
•Do you really understand the people with whom you come into contact?
•Is it even possible to completely understand another’s experience in the world?

Knowing that everyone experiences joy and hardship, love and loss connects us together as humans. But, the fact that we all experience these things in vastly different ways can also make us feel divided. We each view the world through our own set of unique experiences in life. Our culture, education, religion, ethnicity, coping skills and life struggle all create a perception of the world that is as unique as a fingerprint.

There is wisdom in discovering how others view the world and their place in it as well as understanding your own.