Diversity 101 Training

Diversity training of any kind must start with the fundamental realization that we are a nation with an incredible range of identities, differences and biases.  In order for each individual to be effective in their current and future engagement beyond the university, it is critical to understand the unique aspects and intricacies of one’s own personal identity.  Human beings tend to connect with those who are more like themselves, and connect less so with those who are different.  Self-awareness is the primary resource that humans draw upon as we develop our ability to engage others, both cognitively and non-cognitively.  However, in order to understand the culture and identity of others, we must find the similarities and the unique aspects of our own. What we understand about ourselves becomes even more critical as the range of difference and identity become more complex, especially with those who are the most different from ourselves.  This workshop creates opportunities for the participants to see the similarities and  the potential for affinity with others which can guide our ability to manage the aspects of diversity and difference that our culture has defined for us. This interactive introductory program will provide a deeper understanding of “difference” and “others,” that may guide future attitudes about others and the strategies each of us use to engage them. 


Learning Objectives:

*Participants will learn basic Diversity Terms

*Participants will understand and identify American standards of diversity

*Participants will develop an improved capacity to use diversity vocabulary

*A Participants will develop initial understanding of different aspects of bias

Key Terminology:  Racial descriptors, the “isms”, the big “eight” aspects of diversity, and changeable/non-changeable identities

Duration: 60 to 90 minutes

Format: Lecture style, with limited to moderate interactive exercises

Recommended Number of Participants: 10 to 50 students

Training Creator:  Michael Tapscott, Director MSSC