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Diversity and Leadership Training Workshop Topics

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  • LGBT 101

This workshop provides participants with an introduction to the terminology, developmental process, and certain cultural aspects of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The session aims to help bring a basic level of awareness of LGBT issues facing our students.

  • Ally Training

This training consists of 3 components: (1) a power point presentation that highlights the expectations of allies and focuses on the coming out process; (2) a student panel that explores the LGBT experience on campus, and (3) an opportunity for attendees to practice being allies.

  • Stop the Hate: Hate Crimes and Bias Motivated Incidents

This interactive workshop will help students understand the difference between bias motivated incidents and hate crimes. We examine the impact of bias and hate in our lives and the societal implications. Participants will discuss ways of responding and preventing hate crimes or bias motivated incidents.

  • Bullied: A Student, a School, and a Case that Made History

Participants will view the documentary Bullied, an inspiring story of a young gay man, Jamie Nabozny, who took a stand against the bullying he experienced in school. This presentation will help students understand what bullying is, the different types of bullying, and consider the impact of bullying, bias, and hate on people’s lives. Discussion will also focus on ways of responding and preventing hate crimes or bias motivated incidents.

  • Who Am I? Four Questions of Self-Identity

This exercise provides students with an opportunity to interact and learn about each other’s perspectives, which may or may not be widely held or understood. Students will be challenged to explore ideas about culture and identity, to see “diversity” from broader angles, to rethink their own assumptions, and to test their own hypotheses against those of people with differing views. This activity can also help students begin to know one another as more than passing acquaintances and to develop some understanding and respect for differences.

  • Personality Types and Communication Styles

This workshop explores four personality types and the corresponding communication styles. Participants will consider why a particular personality type captures their communication style. Through interaction and discussion, students will gain insight about themselves and what it is about their own style that makes it easy or difficult to communicate with others.

  • Frames of Reference and Misunderstandings

How do people from different groups make sense of the world? How do we interpret and understand our own and others messages and behaviors? This workshop will promote the idea that in a society such as ours, using only our own frame of reference creates misunderstandings. Participants will: increase their awareness that individuals from different groups have their unique ways of viewing the world; understand how we interpret our own and others’ verbal and nonverbal messages; and highlight the idea that in a diverse society such as ours, using only our own frame of reference creates misunderstandings.

  • Explaining Differences Between Cultures and Communication

How do we explain the difference between cultures? There are dimensions on which cultures can be different or similar that can be used to explain communication across cultures. We refer to these as dimensions of cultural variability. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about individualism/collectivism -- the major dimension of cultural variability used to explain cross cultural differences in behavior—and the low/high context scheme which focuses on cultural differences in communication.

  • Intercultural Communication: How Social Identities and Stereotypes Influence Behavior

This workshop explores diversity through the prisms of our distinct social identities. Participants will identify what they consider to be the most important dimensions of their identity and how these factors affect communication. Themes addressed through interaction and discussion includes self-definition, where stereotypes come from, and how they create expectations of others. The workshop raises awareness that a negative evaluation of a behavior results in negative consequences.

  • Privilege and Oppression / Agent and Target Groups

This workshop is designed to review social identity classifications and introduce concepts of agent/target groups and corresponding privilege and oppression. Interaction and discussion will challenge participants to explore the different levels (individual, institutional, and cultural) and types of oppression experienced by target groups.

  • Anxiety and Uncertainty in Our Interactions with Strangers

Participants will view the film Color of Fear and consider why we experience anxiety when we encounter or communicate with strangers. This workshop will demonstrate that people are often not aware of their behavior during encounters with others. Group discussion will examine the role of anxiety and uncertainty in the communication behaviors of the men featured in Color of Fear and bolsters the idea that it is everyone's responsibility to attempt to understand and interpret effectively.

  • Developing Effective Intercultural Communication Skills: Verbal Assertiveness, Confirming Messages, and Inclusive Messages  

This workshop will focus on three intercultural communications skills that challenge students to “react” when members of our group "put down" members of other groups. Participants will develop intercultural communication strategies that improve the quality and interactions they have with others when communicating across cultures.

  • Developing Effective Intercultural Communication Skills: Increasing Our Tolerance for Ambiguity

Tolerance for ambiguity implies the ability to deal successfully with situations, even when a lot of information needed to interact effectively is unknown. This workshop addresses the idea that many of the communicative situations we experience today require a higher tolerance for ambiguity. Participants will assess their orientation toward ambiguity and learn to seek objective information that leads to alternative interpretations of strangers’ behavior and improved communication.

  • Developing Effective Intercultural Communication Skills: Ability to Be Mindful and Ability to Empathize

In order to correct our tendency to misinterpret strangers’ behavior and to communicate effectively, we must become aware of our communication behavior. Social psychologists refer to this as becoming mindful. Participants will learn the three qualities of mindfulness and apply the skill to different scenarios. Additionally, students will learn the one skill that consistently emerges in discussions of effectively communicating with strangers - empathy.

  • Understanding Culture and Cultural Differences

What does culture mean? There are numerous definitions that reflect a wide range of meanings and contexts. This workshop highlights various aspects of culture (what is observable, what is assumed), how culture impacts behavior, and the meaning that individuals attach to culturally-influenced behaviors.