In-Person Diversity and Inclusion Education

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers a catalog of training and  workshops, as well as customized and facilitated conversations.

Our training is interactive and experiential. Please complete this form to request in-person education. If you are unsure which training would best suit your needs, require a different avenue to communicate your request, or have additional questions, please contact us.

Training

Training is designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of equity topics.

Foundations of Intersectionality

Intersectionality refers to a phrase first coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw: “Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.” Through collaborative activities and dialogue, this training explores intersectionality. Participants will learn about intersectionality and use it as a lens to explore the intersection of privilege and oppression of identities through a systems approach. This training is appropriate as the first step in equity education for individuals and cohorts with limited experience in diversity and inclusion work.
Ability

Through interactive activities and dialogue this training provides foundational knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals with disabilities and communities working towards equity. This training program will increase participant’s awareness of the oppression communities face, current disability support efforts. Additionally, participants will explore ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Class

This training utilizes collaborative activities and dialogue, to provide participants with the knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals with lower socio-economic statuses working towards equity. This training program will increase participants’ awareness of the oppression poor and working-class communities face as well as institutional and community support opportunities. Participants will discuss ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Gender

In this interactive training, participants will explore the meaning of gender expression and identity, and how our identities, experiences and histories are shaped by social and cultural constructs. Participants will gain the knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with Trans individuals working towards equity. This training program will increase participant’s awareness of the oppression Trans communities face, as well as institutional and community support opportunities. Participants will discuss ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Race and Ethnicity

Through presentation, discussion and interactive dialogue, this training offers an overview of the knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals from various races and ethnicities working towards equity. This training program will increase participants’ awareness of the oppression communities of color face. In addition, participants will learn about current institutional and community support opportunities relevant to the St. Louis region. Participants will discuss ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Religion and Faith

This interactive training will provide participants with the knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals of various religions, faiths, spiritual and nonspiritual identities working toward equity. This training program will increase participants’ awareness of the oppression religious and faith communities face, as well as institutional and community support opportunities. Participants will learn to utilize interfaith dialogue and pluralism as a way to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Sex

In this collaborative training, participants will gain the knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals working toward equity.  This training program will increase participants’ awareness of oppression female and intersex individuals face. In addition, participants will learn about institutional and community support opportunities. Participants will discuss ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Sexual Orientation

Through a series of interactive activities and dialogue, this session explores the knowledge needed to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with LGBQA+ individuals working toward equity. This training program will increase participants’ awareness of the oppression LGBQA+ communities face and institutional and community support opportunities. Participants will discuss ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This training is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.

Workshops

Workshops are designed to increase students’ application and analysis of equity topics.

Power, Privilege and Oppression

Through interactive activities and dialogue, this workshop explores how power, privilege and oppression occur within individual, institutional and cultural systems. Participants will discuss the effects of power, privilege and oppression, and explore ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in taking next steps towards change.
Battle Fatigue

Battle fatigue is the physical and emotional toll that marginalized individuals experience due to continuous exposure to microaggressions, stereotypes, discrimination and violence. Through interactive activities and dialogue, participants explore how individuals can diminish the impact of battle fatigue. This workshop will discuss how to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals across identities working towards equity and will demonstrate how individuals and groups can create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in taking next steps towards change.
Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a lifelong process of self-reflection and discovery whereby individuals work to understand their own and others’ identities in order to build honest and trustworthy relationships. This workshop is a primer on the concept of cultural humility and is meant to demonstrate how participants can begin to engage in cross-cultural learning and partnership. This workshop will discuss the main tenants of cultural humility and its connection to creating more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in taking next steps towards change.
Culture and Communication

Cultural competence entails developing personal and interpersonal awareness, understanding cultural knowledge, and gaining a set of skills that represent effective cross-cultural understanding and communication. In this collaborative workshop, participants will begin to gain the knowledge needed to utilize cultural competence to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals across cultural identities working towards equity. This training program will increase participants’ awareness of oppression marginalized communities face. Participants will discuss ideas on how to create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. In addition, participants will learn about institutional and community opportunities to gain additional information. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Critical Issues: Black Lives Matter

The death of Michael Brown Jr. on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri has become a public symbol of racial injustice and inequity in the United States. The circumstances surrounding his death, the subsequent protests, and the organizing around issues of racial justice have brought local inequities and activism into the national spotlight. This workshop will serve as a primer on the local and regional movements, their impetus and objectives. By learning about organizations like Black Lives Matter, The Organization for Black Struggle, The Ferguson Commission, Pot Bangers and Forward Through Ferguson, participants will gain understanding on some of the local organizations and communities working to advance change. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts of all levels of experience.
Microaggressions

Microaggressions are, according to Chester Pierce, “the subtle, stunning and often automatic and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put downs.’” In this collaborative workshop, participants will learn about three forms of microaggressions: microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations. Through interactive activities, this workshop explores how individuals can prevent and address microaggressions. This workshop will discuss how to support, celebrate and act in solidarity with individuals across identities working towards equity and will demonstrate how individuals and groups can create more equitable spaces on campus and in communities. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in taking next steps towards change.
Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias refers to categories, both negative and positive, that exist in our subconscious and affect our thoughts and actions. Through discussion and interactive dialogue, this workshop offers an introduction to unconscious bias and strategies for modifying implicit assumptions. This workshop is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in taking next steps towards change.

Facilitated Conversations

Facilitated conversations are designed to increase students’ evaluation and synthesis of equity topics.

Engaging Difference

This process provides individuals an opportunity to step back and engage in a respectful and productive discussion. Participants can engage in meaningful communication, speak freely and openly about their needs, interests and opinions, and work to understand another’s perspectives on topics which often cause conflict. Facilitated conversations provide participants a structured time to discuss specific issues faced by individuals or communities. The process aims neither to erase history nor to determine a single way forward; rather, facilitated conversations bring groups to the table to engage in difficult dialogue in a supported and structured environment. This conversation will center on active engagement across identities, by exploring ways in which actively engaging difference can change perspectives. This conversation is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in engaging in a deep dive into equity work.
Examining Privilege

This process provides individuals an opportunity to step back and engage in a respectful and productive discussion.  Participants can engage in meaningful communication, speak freely and openly about their needs, interests and opinions, and work to understand another’s perspectives on topics which often cause conflict. Facilitated conversations provide participants a structured time to discuss specific issues faced by individuals or communities. The process aims neither to erase history nor to determine a single way forward; rather, facilitated conversations bring groups to the table to engage in difficult dialogue in a supported and structured environment. This conversation will center on examining privilege, by exploring ways in which individuals and communities experience and benefit from privilege. This conversation is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in engaging in a deep dive into equity work.
Imposter Culture

This process provides individuals an opportunity to step back and engage in a respectful and productive discussion. Participants can engage in meaningful communication, speak freely and openly about their needs, interests and opinions, and work to understand another’s perspectives on topics which often cause conflict. Facilitated conversations provide participants a structured time to discuss specific issues faced by individuals or communities. The process aims neither to erase history nor to determine a single way forward; rather, facilitated conversations bring groups to the table to engage in difficult dialogue in a supported and structured environment. This conversation will center on the concept of imposter syndrome, often seen as a persistent feeling of inadequacy despite success, by exploring ways in which an imposter culture impacts individuals and communities. This conversation is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in engaging in a deep dive into equity work.
Navigating Triggers

This process provides individuals an opportunity to step back and engage in a respectful and productive discussion. Participants can engage in meaningful communication, speak freely and openly about their needs, interests and opinions, and work to understand another’s perspectives on topics which often cause conflict. Facilitated conversations provide participants a structured time to discuss specific issues faced by individuals or communities. The process aims neither to erase history nor to determine a single way forward; rather, facilitated conversations bring groups to the table to engage in difficult dialogue in a supported and structured environment. This conversation will center on triggers. Participants will explore their experiences with triggering events, their relationship with conflict, their knowledge of the triggering event cycle, and their employment of trigger response tactics. This conversation is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in engaging in a deep dive into equity work.
Understanding Bias Experiences

This process provides individuals an opportunity to step back and engage in a respectful and productive discussion. Participants can engage in meaningful communication, speak freely and openly about their needs, interests and opinions, and work to understand another’s perspectives on topics which often cause conflict. Facilitated conversations provide participants a structured time to discuss specific issues faced by individuals or communities. The process aims neither to erase history nor to determine a single way forward; rather, facilitated conversations bring groups to the table to engage in difficult dialogue in a supported and structured environment. Participants will explore the experience of bias, their relationship with conflict, their knowledge of bias (both conscious and unconscious), and strategies for responding to bias. This conversation is appropriate for individuals and cohorts interested in engaging in a deep dive into equity work.