Human beings need social connection, interaction and cooperation to survive and thrive. Yet, in caste-based societies, often stratified by identity markers like race, class, gender, religion and sexual orientation, relationship-building across differences is socially and structurally discouraged. In these settings, homogeneity and conformity are valued most, while inclusive community-building is made more difficult. Participants in this workshop will explore the importance of belonging to real community formation and examine its distinctions from tolerance and acceptance. They will also learn practices that help them make meaningful connections across and through differences; engage in more authentic self-expression; and hold space for the many dimensions and experiences of others.