Training

The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) offers free training opportunities to students, faculty and staff members of the George Washington University (GW). These trainings equip students and staff with the necessary skills to promote diversity and inclusion in the different environments in which they find themselves frequently. These skills support diversity as a core value of the university by helping students create a climate that promotes the acceptance, inclusion and celebration of all cultures. Our diversity trainings include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality and gender.

Trainings are available upon request and can be tailored for groups or individuals by emailing us at gwumssc@gmail.com or simply calling us at 202-994-6772.

 

Available Training

Diversity 101

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

 

LGBTQIA Diversity and Inclusion

 Want to learn more about all those new terms you have heard people use or have seen on GW forms describing gender and sexual orientation? Do you ever wonder why people are making such a big deal about gender pronouns and gender inclusive bathrooms? Want to be a better ally with and for your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA)  friends, classmates and family members but are not sure where to begin? Then this training is for you!  We will explore diverse identities of gender and sexuality, while discussing the coming out process and how to be an ally with all the LGBTQIA people in your life. 

 

Learning Objectives:
*Participants will be able to describe the identities of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
*Participants will be able to differentiate between gender identity and biological sex.
*Participants will be able to list the four stages of Ally Development.
*Participants will be able to list at least three sets of gender pronouns.

*Participants will be able to define gender inclusive bathroom and name at least two groups of people who benefit from gender inclusive bathrooms.
*Participants will be able to list at least three stages of the coming out process.

Key Terminology: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, Coming Out, Gender Pronouns, Gender Inclusive Bathrooms.

Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director

 

Religious Diversity and Inclusion

What is the difference between religion, faith and belief? How can we learn to talk about religious, faith and belief identities at a university with no formal religious affiliation? Why is interfaith outreach important and how is it best achieved?  If you are looking for a safe space to explore, share and listen about these types of questions, please join us!

 

Learning Objectives:

*Participants will be able to differentiate between religion, faith and belief.

*Participants will be able to list at least three world religions.
*Participants will be able to list the Four Dialogues of interfaith engagement.
*Participants will be able to describe at least two promising practices for being an ally with and for people of diverse religious, faith and belief identities.

Key Terminology: Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Secularist, religion, faith, belief, spirituality, interfaith, Four Dialogues.

Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director

 

MAXIMIZING YOUR 24: HARNESSING THE POWER OF TIME

Within the daily grind of life, we often find ourselves saying that there aren’t enough hours in the day. However, there actually are more than enough hours in a day; We just spend too many of those hours distracted and misappropriating moments. Many of  us use “I don’t have time” as a reason for not achieving our goals, but we don’t realize that we’ve spent too much time talking about how much time we don’t have. Sound familiar? Of course not. No matter how great of leaders we claim to be, we fail to manage our time effectively on a consistent basis. This training zeros in on taking the energy we waste prioritizing unimportant and unproductive activities as we teach students how to properly prioritize the activities on their respective schedules and consistently achieve a healthy school and life balance. Students are encouraged to channel their energy toward maximum return on their investment including their “free time”. Students are empowered and directed to create a system that plays to their strengths and interests in order to make each day more productive.

 

Learning Objectives:

*Participants learn about the 4 quarters that each day is divided into and how to function within each accordingly and execute the designated tasks for the day.

*Participants will learn how to identify gaps and how to leverage each time gap through self and situational awareness respectively.  

*Participants learn the importance of space management and organization and how it translates into their academic success.        

*Participants will identify an accountability partner that will help them remain on task.

*Participants will develop an ecosystem and create a strengths-based strategy that  will help them document and complete designated daily goals.   

Key Terminology: Bucket List vs. Bump It List, The Dirty Thirty, Prioritization & Procrastination, Multi-tasking, Delayed Gratification, Ecosystem, Strategy Canvas

Duration: 45 to 60 minutes

Format: Lecture Style

Recommended Number of Participants: 10 to 50 participants

Training Creator: George Rice, III, Associate Director

 

 

STUDY SKILLS: EVEN IF YOU ALREADY KNOW “HOW TO STUDY”

The transition to college for any student regardless of their academic performance in high school requires them to be more self-aware and more self-determined. In order to enhance study skills, students must understand how they learn. This training simply introduces to some and presents to others their dominant learning style through a self-scored Learning Styles Assessment that they take prior to the training. The assessment gives strategies on how to capitalize on their learning style inside and outside of class, but training equips them with the tools to effectively study to understand versus studying to simply regurgitate the information provided. This training fuses the results from each student’s learning styles assessment that we administer and the principles from our time management module. We use this information and introduce proven study techniques that include but are not limited to the SQRRR (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) Method and Cornell Notes as a means to enhance each student’s study techniques.

 

Learning Objectives:

*Participants identify which study techniques work best with the subject matter and their learning style.

*Participants identify what time of day as well as the environment which they are the most productive.   

*Participants will identify which techniques do not produce the desired result most consistently.

*Participants understand how important knowing the all the right questions to ask in class, during tutoring and review sessions as they focus on understanding the intricacies of the process versus just arriving at the answer.  

*Participants identify different resources that will allow them to gain the competitive edge on homework assignments, group projects, and test-taking strategies.

Key Terminology: Self-Advocacy, Vision, Desire, Consistency, Environment

Duration: 45 to 60 minutes

Format: Lecture Style

Recommended Number of Participants: 10 to50 participants

Training Creator: George Rice, III, Associate Director

Unconscious Bias

What is Unconscious Bias and how does it impact our decision making even without us realizing it?  How does Unconscious Bias contribute to bias incidents on our campus and in our classrooms?  What can we do to become aware of our Unconscious Bias and take steps to prevent it from supporting words and actions that are not in line with our personal and professional values?  Please join us for an out-comes oriented and interactive training that will help all of us understand and fight Unconscious Bias. 

 

Learning Objectives:
*Participants will be able to explain what is meant by Unconscious Bias.
*Participants will be able to describe how Unconscious Bias is measured via the Implicit Association Test.

*Participants will be able to differentiate between Unconscious Bias and Conscious Bias.

*Participants will be able to describe at least three promising practices for fighting Unconscious Bias.
Key Terminology: Unconscious Bias, Implicit Bias, Implicit Association Test, Social Categorization

Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director

The Art of Bridge Building

People use the terms diversity and inclusion as if we all share a common understanding of what these words mean.  Often, diversity refers to the more visible identities of race and gender, while overlooking the less visible identities of religion, sexual orientation and many others.  Let’s explore our diverse identities, as well as creative pathways and promising practices to help us get from an understanding of our diversity to a celebration of our inclusion.

 

Learning Objectives:
*Participants will be able to describe what is meant by diversity and inclusion.
*Participants will be able to differentiate between visible and non-visible identities.

*Participants will be able to describe one pro-active approach for getting from diversity to inclusion.

*Participants will be able to describe one re-active approach for getting from diversity to inclusion.
Key Terminology: Diversity, Inclusion, Four Dialogues, Giving Voice to Values, Mental Moral Memory, Personal Kryptonite.

Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director

Transgender Diversity & Inclusion

Do you want to learn more about the transgender (trans*) experience/identity and how to support your trans* friends, classmates and family members? Do you wish to be as inclusive as possible, yet find the changing and emerging terminology of gender identity a bit confusing?  Please come join our safe space as we explore the diversity of gender diversity and promising practices for trans* inclusion.

 

Learning Objectives:
*Participants will be able to describe the identities of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
*Participants will be able to differentiate between gender identity and biological sex.
*Participants will be able to list the four stages of Ally Development.
*Participants will be able to list at least three sets of gender pronouns.

*Participants will be able to define gender inclusive bathroom and name at least two groups of people who benefit from gender inclusive bathrooms.
*Participants will be able to list at least three stages of the coming out process.

Key Terminology: Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestite, Drag Queen/King, Cross Dresser, Ally, Coming Out, Passing, Hormone Therapy, Gender Pronouns, Gender Inclusive Bathrooms.

Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director

Multiculturalism in the United States

Melting pot or tossed salad?  Assimilation or celebration of difference? How do you see and navigate multiculturalism in in the USA?  Let’s take a look at personal identities such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status as they exist and are perceived here in the United States, in Washington, DC and on the GW Campus.

 

Learning Objectives:
*Participants will be able to identify at least three identities that a person may have.
*Participants will be able to describe both progress and challenges regarding the advancement of equal rights for at least one minority identity group.
*Participants will be able to describe what is meant by intersectionality of identities.
Key Terminology: Identity, Intersectionality, Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director

 

What Do I Really Believe? Remembering Our Values

With our busy schedules, we often don’t take time to remember and re-assess our values.  What values do I believe in now? Have my values changed over the years? Over this past year? Who are the people and what are the experiences in my life that help shape my values?  These are some of the questions we will explore via a guided exercise in Values Clarification.  

 

Learning Objectives:
*Participants will be able to identify at least five of their personal values.
*Participants will be able to differentiate among their values in order to group them into categories.

*Participants will be able to make their values actionable by associating verbs with their values.

*Participants will be able to prioritize their values.
Key Terminology: Values, Discernment.

Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Facilitated discussion accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Q&A throughout

Recommended Number of Participants: up to 25

Training Creator: Timothy Kane, MSSC Associate Director