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2023 Impact Conference

The Impact Conference is an annual convening of thought leaders, advocates, and learners desiring to stimulate conversation and strengthen engagement across dimensions of difference.


This year’s conference theme is: Cultural Intelligence:  The Bridge to Elevating Academic Excellence and Professional Leadership.  

Cultural intelligence (CQ) refers to an individual's ability to effectively understand, communicate and navigate across different cultural contexts. It encompasses the capacity to interact respectfully and competently with people from varying backgrounds.  

Cultural intelligence is also essential in today's interconnected world, where individuals frequently interact with people from a range of backgrounds, whether in personal, professional, or academic settings. Developing cultural intelligence fosters respect, cooperation, and effective communication, leading to more successful outcomes in cross-cultural interactions. 

Attendees will hear from esteemed facilitators on how having a strong CQ builds bridges for academic success, enhances collaboration, and eliminates knowledge gaps for both personal and professional growth. 
This is a free event for USC faculty, staff and students.  
November 1, 2023 
Russell House University Union  
9:00am – 3:30pm 

For questions, contact Ashley Elliott Dukes at

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