Protected Class of Race & Color
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructors: Joanne Woodard, Rick Della Fave

Course Description: Workshop participants learn the definition and use of the term ‘race’ within the United States and how color relates to definitions of race and the perception of others. Participants examine cultural and racial misinformation, racial prejudice, and stereotyping as they gain an understanding of the laws protecting the classes of race and color.

Protected Class of Sex
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Instructors: Jordyne Blaise

Course Description: This workshop provides an overview of why ‘sex’ [or gender] is a protected class and features an examination of the laws that address discrimination based on gender. Also, recent court cases regarding sex discrimination and sexual harassment are shared.

Fall Diversity Dialogue: Systems of Inequity
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm

Diversity Education Week (Oct. 19-25)
Fall Diversity Dialogue,
Facilitated by Dr. Shakti Butler,
Filmmaker, Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services
Cracking the Codes: Systems of Inequity
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 PM, Coastal Ballroom, Talley Student Union
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Oct 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Instructors: Thomas Colclough

Course Description: Learn more about the laws that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces and how the organization operates and handles charges. You will also hear case studies and gain insights into how to avoid employment discrimination. An EEOC representative presents this workshop.

Building Bridges: Strengthening Leadership Through Diverse Communities
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Building Bridges: Strengthening Leadership for Diverse Communities

This workshop will allow you to gain self-awareness, stretch beyond your comfort zone, and gain new understanding. The unique workshop is interactive, experiential, and high energy. Participants are both teachers and learners.

The full workshop lasts approximately six hours, during which time participants engage in small group and large group discussions. In this workshop, you will:
•Celebrate similarities and differences.
•Identify misinformation about other groups.
•Identify and heal from internalized oppression.
•Claim pride in your own group identities.
•Gain empowerment by learning ways to challenge bigoted comments and actions.

Protected Class of Veteran Status @ Admin II
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructors: Jordyne Blaise & Tracey Ray

Course Description: In this workshop, participants learn about veterans and the discrimination they experience. Participants also learn about the laws regarding veteran status.

Protected Class of National Origin @ Admin II
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Course Description: Participants in this session gain an understanding of culture, cultural awareness, and the relationship between assumptions, values, attitudes, and behaviors as they evaluate their own cultural values and learn tools for promoting positive interaction with foreign visitors. Through this session, participants learn the definition of “national origin” and how it relates to ethnicity and culture. Participants also identify cross-cultural mis-communication and gain insights into foreign nationals’ experience in the United States.

Leading A Diverse Workforce
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Instructors: Ursula Hairston

Course Description: One of the most common reasons employees leave an organization is their relationship with their supervisor. Today’s workforce is changing dramatically and your leadership skills must keep pace. Learning to address the needs of a diverse workforce and communicate effectively are critical skills for success and require practice. Participants in this class will learn about four cultures that exist in organizations, practice differentiating facts from assumptions, and learn how to prepare for difficult conversations. Culture influences organizations and leaders influence culture. This class is an introduction to the skill set required for today’s 21st century leaders.

Multicultural Perspective on Suicide Prevention
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor(s) & Course Description

Instructors: Jodi Hall, Willa Casstevens

Course Description: A Multicultural Perspective on Suicide Prevention (MPSP) is adapted from the Suicide Prevention Multicultural Competence (SPMC) Kit, developed by Pace University and listed on the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry. The MPSP adaptation aims to: (1) educate participants about suicide, diversity, and the college-age population; (2) increase awareness about issues of emotional distress and suicide relating to diverse populations on our campus; and (3) increase participants’ ability to respond sensitively to emotional distress in order to prevent suicide.

Exploring Oppression
Dec 4 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Instructors: Beverly Williams

Course Description: The cycle of oppression in American society stems from an abuse of power with resulting negative treatment and outcomes for a variety of peoples. One solution to the cycle of oppression has been equal opportunity and Civil Rights laws designed to prohibit oppressive behavior towards legally protected classes of people. Within this workshop, you will have the opportunity to question your role in the cycle of oppression by asking: Am I oppressed? Do I oppress others? What is my role in breaking the cycle of oppression? You will explore the existence, definition, cycle of oppression, and the experience of oppression for individuals and groups. Finally, strategies to eliminate oppression from the perspective of the oppressed and the oppressor will be examined.