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Office of Outreach and Education

Navigating Difference Training for Outreach Professionals

Washington State University is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We have been asked how COVID-19 may impact upcoming events including the WSU Navigating Difference Training. In accordance with guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, all in-person training sessions for WSU Navigating Difference Training have been postponed until further notice.

Registration: NOT OPEN AT THIS TIME 

Navigating Difference Trainers: 

  • Merrianneeta Nesbitt, Office of Outreach and Education
  • Louise Parker, Department of Human Development
  • Anna Whitehall, Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership 

We are updating & planning to offer an online pilot of the training at a future date.  For updates and arranging a training for your organization or group in the future, please contact: Merrianneeta Nesbitt at

Additional Info

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


The WSU Navigating Difference 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.