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The Social Justice Education Program is pleased to offer workshops on a wide variety of topics, including the ones listed below. Our office works throughout the university and with community partners to consult on issues concerning inclusion & equity. We encourage and promote courageous conversations among faculty and staff, concerning how they can better imbed values, behaviors, and practices of inclusion & equity into their work. Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know. We are happy to prepare presentations on other relevant topics or customize a workshop to meet the needs of a particular audience.

  • Creating an Inclusive Culture 
    • This workshop provides opportunities for participants to increase their awareness of factors that impede inclusivity on campus, and to explore ways that they can personally play a role in fostering a more inclusive and equitable community.
  • Introduction to Intersectionality:
    • Introduction to understanding identity as intersectional with plenty of group participation opportunities. A good choice for those interested in topics related to inclusion and equity
  • Managing Teams in Times of Political Trauma 
    • Having a social justice approach means recognizing that conversations about diversity and appreciating social differences alone are not enough, and in order to get a more comprehensive understanding we must also acknowledge the structural dynamics of unequal social power that result in some groups having privilege, status, and access that are denied to others. Bringing our full selves to work means acknowledging that our lives are also impacted by forces and systems that exist outside of the workplace in ways that take a toll on various marginalized communities. In this workshop, participants will begin to explore ways to be supportive of their colleagues who are tasked with fulfilling their work obligations while at the same time being well aware that their identities are under attack beyond the walls of the organization.
  • Minoritized Stress in Organizations
    • Burnout. Racial Battle Fatigue. There are many synonyms for the invisible burden underrepresented populations carry in organizations. In this workshop, we'll interrogate the tangled web of factors that contribute to disparate rates of retention, heightened stress, and generally poor health and wellbeing for members of the community on the margins, as well as strategize holistic solutions based on communal and self-care.
  • Notes of Critical Feedback
    • What's your relationship with receiving feedback? Being able to receive constructive criticism is the key to improvement, especially in the practice of allyship and community care. The impact of our actions largely supersedes our intentions, no matter how good. Still, in our desire to be on the right side of all things at all times, many of us live in fear of failing to live up to that ideal, and struggle to cope with accepting critique and sitting with negative reactions to our best efforts. In these two hour-long sessions, we’ll explore fragility responses that stem from a conscious or unconscious desire to hold on to power dynamics, the mechanics of a good apology, how to avoid tone-policing, and finally, examples of ways to respond immediately after we’ve been taken to task.
  • Social Justice 101
    • “This workshop explores the connections and differences between diversity, inclusion, equity, and other important foundational concepts in social justice education. Participants will engage in introductory reflection about the role of identity, power, privilege, and oppression play in their lives and the systems they navigate.”
  • The System is Not Broken
    • In times of social and political upheaval, it is not uncommon to hear cries of "This is not my America", "This is not who we are", or "The system is broken". However, in an analysis of American policy, history, and institutions, it begs the question: What if the system is working just as intended? This workshop will draw ties between contemporary examples of oppression and historical laws, figures, and establishments. 
  • Understanding Microaggressions
    • National attention has been focused on overt racial tensions on college campuses across the country. But what about smaller, subtle, more persistent forms of offensive comments? Micro-aggressions are defined as “a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.”  This workshop provides opportunities for participants to increase their awareness of factors that impede inclusivity on campus, and to explore ways that they can personally play a role in fostering a more inclusive and equitable community. 
  • Understanding the Cycle of Socialization
    • “Privileged groups use differences to maintain their privileged position while at the same time denying that any differences exist.” Participants will explore dominant narratives and their connection to creating and maintaining inequity. The Cycle of Socialization is a theory and resource created by Bobby Harro, which explains the ways in which individuals receive messages about social identity throughout their lives. In this workshop, facilitators will travel through the cycle; giving examples from their own lives. Participants will explore and reflect on the messages they have received throughout their lives. The goal of this workshop is for participants to gain an understanding of the differences between personal, cultural, and institutional messaging around social identities and systems, as well as allow them an opportunity to reflect on ways they have been socialized and identify the lasting impact.

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