Our specialized services include workshops and programs that can be tailored to higher education, business, or non-profit settings. Contact us to see how we can meet your diversity and inclusion needs.
Diversity Awareness Professional Development Workshop
As our society has become increasingly diverse, so has the approach to and knowledge about diversity and inclusion. Thus, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of diversity if we are to create more inclusive climates and address the needs of diverse communities.
This workshop introduces participants to concepts and frameworks that highlight the complexity of diversity. It introduces and illustrates concepts such as worldview, social identities, individualism, collectivism, privilege, institutional “isms”, and salient/non-salient identities are during the workshop. Sessions are interactive, engaging, and involve team interaction.
Learning outcomes include increased: 1) self-awareness related to issues and concepts of diversity; 2) understanding of the role of group identities in shaping intergroup relations within an organization; 3) ability to examine societal and organizational issues through the lens of worldview, privilege, and group identities; 4) readiness to explore the systemic nature of discrimination; and 5) ability to discuss the critical step of taking action to create inclusive environments.
Diversity in the Classroom
The demographics of colleges and universities have changed and reflect individuals and groups of diverse staff, student, and faculty. This is manifested in the modern classroom – students and faculty members from many different backgrounds interacting as part of the learning process. This rich blend of social and personal identities poses both challenges and opportunities. It also engenders a mixture of outcomes including learning, collaboration, friendship, and community as well as cross-cultural conflict and tension.
This workshop is designed to explore diversity in the classroom and the positive learning outcomes that can be achieved when faculty and instructors develop the skills to manage the dynamics of engaging diversity to enhance student learning outcomes.
Learning outcomes include: 1) learning techniques for creating inclusive learning environments; 2) developing skills to manage and engage diversity as an equitable learning resource in the classroom; 3) acquiring methods for dealing with diversity-related conflict effectively ; and 4) enhanced facilitation skills to improve students’ learning about diversity.
Interactive Techniques for Examining Diversity Concepts
Diversity and social justice are some of the most challenging concepts to explore with students, particularly those from dominant groups. Power, privilege, worldview, implicit bias, and systemic oppression are but a few diversity frameworks that can generate stress, misunderstanding, resistance, anger, and conflict, when presented to individuals.
What are teaching techniques that minimize some of the negative effects of teaching about social justice concepts? What can instructors do to create deeper understandings about diversity issues while minimizing defensiveness, anger, and conflict? Story-telling, group dialogues, props, theater, simulations, and interactive and faculty-guided group work are a few of the techniques that can be utilized to maximize learning and engagement of students in diversity work. This interactive workshop will provide techniques for productively examining diversity concepts.
Learning outcomes include: 1) understanding why students resist engaging in and learning about issues of diversity; 2) acquiring interactive techniques to minimize students’ defensiveness and resistance to diversity concepts; 3) gaining awareness of how the social identities of students and the faculty member interact to engender both resistance and positive learning; and 4) learning to create an inclusive classroom environment that maximizes diversity learning.