The Office of Multicultural Student Success is holding four Diversity Workshops for students only throughout the spring semester to increase self-awareness, unity and fellowship.
“OMSS is excited to offer these different types of opportunities to students to increase their cultural competency,” said Aleiah Jones, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Student Success. “I encourage everyone to partake in these trainings to take a step outside of their comfort zone.”
The Diversity Workshop options are meant to build on each other and students are encouraged to start with “Awareness of Self” and move through the four workshops, all of which will be in the OMSS Lounge in Thompson Student Union Room 2500.
• Awareness of Self; Tuesday, March 22, from noon to 1 p.m. and Friday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. In this workshop, students will define terms related to diversity, explore their own identity, and engage in conversations about how their identity has impacted their experience.
• Awareness of Actions; Wednesday, March 30 from 5 to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, April 12, from 4 to 5 p.m.In this workshop, students will be given the opportunity to explore any stereotypes or biases they hold, engage in conversations about how stereotypes and biases can impact experiences, and how to effectively address microaggressions.
• Awareness of Institutions; Thursday, April 7, from 3 to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, April 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. In this workshop, students will begin by identifying institutions that people receive messages from. After institutions are listed, students will define and discuss different isms and the communities they impact.
• Awareness of Current Events; Friday, April 15, from 4 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, April 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. In this workshop, students will discuss current events and how the institutions and isms from the previous Diversity Workshop play a role in those events. Students will also brainstorm direct and indirect actions they can do on campus to address the current events.
For those interested in completing all four of the Diversity Workshops, there will be the option to earn a Diversity Certificate that can be referenced in future opportunities (internships, grad school applications, future jobs).
For more information and to register for the Diversity Workshops, visit the OMMS student Diversity Workshops online.