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Diversity Training Curriculum That People Enjoy


Title: Diversity Training Curriculum That People Enjoy Author: Tara J. Stopfel Last modified by: robinedg Created Date: 3/22/2010 4:05:18 PM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Diversity Training Curriculum That People Enjoy

Diversity Training Curriculum That People Enjoy
  • UC Diversity Conference
  • April 2010

  • Carol Tonge Mack
  • Associate Academic Director
  • UC Center for Exploratory Studies
  • Tara Stopfel Warden
  • Assistant Dean Director
  • McMicken College of Arts Sciences
  • UC Center for Exploratory Studies
  • The Advising Centers and Team
  • Center for Exploratory Studies
  • McMicken College of Arts Sciences

Context Background
  • Before the Beginning
  • Placing an emphasis on cultural competence in the
    university setting
  • Diversity training _at_ University of North Texas
  • NCBI National Coalition Building Institute
  • Equity Diversity Conference
  • Regular staff training - university department

Context Background
  • Carols Pivotal Role
  • Previous work with University of New Hampshire
  • Co-chair, Diversity Team
  • Presidents Commission on the Status of People of
  • Missing link learning about cultural differences
    after transition to UC
  • UCs Obvious Needs

Hiring Staff
  • Advisor Qualities Hiring Priorities
  • Building the right team is critical
  • Has demonstrable experience and perspective that
    genuinely appreciates, understands, supports and
    effectively accommodates diverse student
    backgrounds and experiences
  • Can bring something special to the staff to
    further diversify what we do to accommodate our

Hiring Staff
  • Office Climate
  • Create an inclusive, welcoming, appreciative,
    supportive environment for all staff and students
  • Priority for diversity communicated
  • Atmosphere where no subject is off-limits
  • Honest discourse and open, respectful discussions
  • Room for improvementpolitically correct slips
    become educational opportunity

  • Why Develop a Cultural Competence Series?
  • Essential professional development
  • The need to be comfortable with any discussion
  • Staff development learning more about your
  • Learning/teaching moments with students
  • Intentionally create opportunities for leadership
  • How to Develop a Series
  • Decide on topics based on needs/learning outcomes
  • Consider resources and opportunities (locations,
  • Mix it up and keep it interesting and enjoyable!

Series Content
  • Cultures Topics
  • Arabic/Muslim
  • Chinese
  • Ghana/Antigua
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Indian
  • Jewish
  • Korean
  • General diversity awareness
  • Veterans
  • Mental health
  • Disability

Making It Enjoyable
  • Formats Venues
  • Hands-on, interactive (ex. quilt, bead exercise)
  • Lecture and interactive discussion w/known
    faculty or staff member (sometimes include
    relevant food)
  • Musical Avenue Q
  • Museums Freedom Center Holocaust Museum
  • Faculty panel
  • Restaurant
  • Movie clips
  • Diversity conference

Engaging Formats
Participation Outcomes
  • Participation by staff
  • Most advisors attended every session unless
    specific time conflict
  • Outcomes
  • Series was enjoyable 100 agree
  • Improved relationships w/colleagues 100 agree
  • Work w/students has improved 100 agree
  • Anticipate future participation 100 agree
  • Work environment is better 89 agree

2007 Session Value
2009 Session Value
Value to Staff
  • Most valuable outcomes to staff
  • Relationship building with colleagues
  • Better awareness of students cultures
  • Culture of more than respect genuine interest!
  • Impact on staff families
  • Ex children and in-laws

Unanticipated Outcomes
  • Best unanticipated outcomes
  • Involvement of known staff as experts engaged
    people personally and generated more interest
  • Staff development resulted from better knowledge
    of each other
  • Personal relationships and exploration have been
    facilitated outside of work

Impact on Students
  • Examples
  • Students from Qatar
  • Taking course to learn more about other cultures
  • Equality stickers on cars
  • Safe zone/other cultural information in the office

Cultural Competence Quick Tips for a Limited
  • Dedicate one or more staff meetings to discuss
    different cultures
  • Engage known faculty/staff as topic experts
  • Utilize free space on campus for mini-retreat
    such as AACRC, Max Kade Center, etc
  • Attend diversity conference
  • Contact community leaders as presenters
  • Urban League
  • YWCA
  • Greater Cincinnati Chamber
  • Skirball Museum

Todays Activity
  • In small group, discuss
  • Ethnic/cultural make-up of your students/staff
    (include those most under-represented)
  • Any cultural topics you want to learn or need
    more information about
  • Ideas or strategies for your unit to begin open
    discussion and learning

Final Thoughts
  • Preparation as global citizens
  • Cultural competence must be intentional
  • Create an office climate of cultural awareness
    and sensitivity
  • Assess needs and encourage feedback
  • Have fun and continue to learn more!

  • Carol Tonge Mack
  • carol.tongemack_at_uc.edu
  • 513.556.6541
  • Tara Stopfel Warden
  • tara.stopfel_at_uc.edu
  • 513.556.6537

Diversity Quilt
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