Inclusive Excellence Training & Workshops

The University Diversity Office offers diversity/inclusive excellence training and workshops for faculty, staff and students.  Workshop descriptions and objectives are found below.  To schedule a workshop for your group:


CULTURAL COMPETENCY 101

               Workshop Description:

This is a skills-building training to address Cultural Competency. The training will provide participants a foundation for understanding cultural competency, diversity, equity and inclusion through an organizational justice and culturally responsive lens. Participants will discuss individual skill development, and internal and external leadership strategies to begin to work towards developing cultural competent organizational culture.

Objectives:

1.      Present the concept of cultural competency and its guiding principles for implementation;

2.      Establish the importance of continuously building our skills towards cultural competence and recognizing the value-added outcomes for the organization; and

3.      Present a framework in which to understand the impacts of institutional power and privilege.


UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE

            Workshop Description:

Implicit bias describes the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.  Under certain conditions, those automatic associations can influence behavior - making people respond in biased ways even when they are not explicitly prejudiced.  This workshop will exame the phenomenon "Unconscious Bias" and how it impacts the work place.

Objectives:

1.      Increase the learners’ awareness of the concept of unconscious bias;

2.      Assist learners to recognize bias within themselves; and

3.      Enable learners to recognize the impact of their personal bias on others.


MICRO-AGGRESSION 101

            Workshop Description:

To introduce the concept of micro-aggression to students, faculty and staff, and to further their understanding by engaging participants in activities and dialogue around the impact of micro-aggression on college campuses.

Objectives:

1.      Create awareness surrounding the common occurrences of micro-aggressions; and

2.      Examine the outcomes related with the experience of micro-aggressions.


COMBATING RACISM ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Workshop:

In this workshop participants will engage in a comprehensive exploration of how racism can shape institutions, often without our conscious understanding that it is doing so.

Objectives:

1.      The goal the presentation is to create common understanding of racism, common language that is related racism  and provide strategies that will impact policies, programs and practices to continue the conversation and work toward institutional change.


INCREASING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES:              

Workshop:

In the education literature there is little, if any, data that closely examines the extent to which African American males are performing academically on predominantly college campuses. The presenter will present data that illustrate educational trends of African American males in higher education. Additionally, the session will provide explanations of how the institution can provide academic and social support for this population of students.