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Diversity and Community Involvement provides a comprehensive list of trainings that are designed to engage students in issues of social justice, inclusion and reflecting on their own identity.

If you would like to schedule a training, please complete this request: DCI Training Request Form.

The Matrix

PURPOSE: This paper-based self-reflection is a tool for participants to reflect on the impact of social identity in our daily lives with focus on perceived identities and assumptions.

GOAL: To examine the areas of social identity that may or may not impact our relationships with other people based on our understanding of those identities.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe their own social identity
  • Explore complex systems of social identity within diverse groups
  • Connect the context of social identity to the work of a student leader
  • Deconstruct ‘disadvantage’ vs ‘privilege identities

LENGTH: 45 min

AREA: DCI

Social Identity

PURPOSE: The Multiple Social Identities activity gives insight into people's story relating to social identities. In this silent activity, people will discover the diverse realities of social identity group memberships.

GOAL: To observe the intersections of people's personal experiences by identifying with a social identity group.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn and explore social identity group memberships
  • Observe yourself and others silently share experiences based on social identity
  • Become aware of people's feelings through the lens of social identity

LENGTH: 30-45 min

AREA: DCI

Valuing Identity

PURPOSE: This activity gives participants the opportunity to explore which social identity groups and inherently valued more in the united States.

GOAL: To examine the impact that society can have on certain populations of people based on the value, or devalue, of a person’s ascribed or assigned social identity trough a group numerical rating system.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges that underprivileged individuals may face
  • Recognize people are much more inclined to reflect on their marginalized identities than they are to think about how they are privileged.

LENGTH: 60 min

AREA: DCI

Privilege Walk

PURPOSE: The Privilege Walk Activity is to learn to recognize how power and privilege can affect our lives even when we are not aware of it. The intention is not to blame anyone for having more power or privilege or for having more help to achieve goals, but to have an opportunity to experienced both obstacles and benefits of societal privilege.

GOAL: To examine earned and unearned privilege based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, etc

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize privilege can be earned and unearned
  • Acknowledge the diversity present within the group
  • Explore different types of privilege
  • Notice the importance of not making assumptions
  • Recognize how valuable diversity is to the EMU campus

LENGTH: 30-40 min

AREA: DCI

SAFE Campaign

PURPOSE: Much more than an “ally training”, the SAFE Campaign uses current research of K-12 experience and a social justice framework in this participatory and dialogue based workshop with a focus on lived experiences of LGBTQ individuals.

GOAL: Create and sustain a campus climate that is inclusive of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges for LGBTQ people in K-12
  • Learn language and terminology used in LGBTQ populations
  • Differentiate between opinion and knowledge
  • Discuss the impact that policy and legislation has on LGBTQ people

LENGTH: 60-90 min

AREA: LGBTRC

GAP

PURPOSE: This Gender Awareness Program is an interactive and dialogue based effort to understand how our gender and gender roles impact our perceptions and experiences. In our society today, communities are made up of people with a wide range of ideas and orientations, even about issues as fundamental as gender.

GOAL: To think critically about attitudes and beliefs about gender in out society.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To understand and analyze gender role stereotyping and origins.
  • To examine the effects of gender role stereotypes
  • Identify gender biased language we use in everyday life

LENGTH: 60 min

AREA: LGBTRC

Gender Mapping

PURPOSE: This mapping activity allows participants to anonymously explore their gender identity, expression and sexual identity within a group.

GOAL: To recognize the diversity of gender identity, expression and sexual identity within a group

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the fluidity of gender identity and expression
  • Define their gender identity, roles and expressions

LENGTH: 30 min

AREA: LGBTRC

Inclusion in Higher Education

PURPOSE: Using the Campus Pride Index for LGBT Inclusion, this dialogue based workshop addresses best practices and the current criteria for LGBT Inclusive schools.

GOAL: To understand the measurement tool used to improve the quality of life for LGBTQA people on a campus and to assist campuses in becoming more LGBT-Friendly.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the criteria for inclusion in Higher Education
  • Identify and appropriately address institutional actions that are not consistent with an inclusive environment
  • Explore strategies for fostering a more inclusive campus environment

LENGTH: 60 min

AREA: LGBTRC

Gender-Based Violence Prevention

PURPOSE: The first step to creating a safe and welcoming campus climate is understanding the myths, truths, and statistics around gender-based violence. This interactive presentation will give the audience an introduction to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

GOAL: To examine the societal and psychological roots of gender-based violence in an effort to create a non-threatening campus/organizational climate.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of power and privilege in gender-based violence
  • Classify acts of gender-based violence
  • Recognize signs of gender-based violence
  • Distinguish between facts and misconceptions related to gender-based violence

LENGTH: 60 min

AREA: WRC

No Strings Attached

PURPOSE: This interactive presentation will explore the myths and facts surrounding sexual assault, consent, and support services. Participants will learn basic prevention skills and how to best support a survivor of sexual assault.

GOAL: To examine the societal and psychological roots of gender-based violence, dismantle victim-blaming behavior, and offer skills to support survivors.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of power and privilege in sexual assault
  • Recognize situations in which consent can and cannot be given
  • Describe ways in which they can intervene in a risky situation

LENGTH: 60 min

AREA: WRC

Consent 101

PURPOSE: Have you ever wondered what consent really means? Do you wonder if is a gray area when it comes to consensual activities and assault? Come experience this interactive event to learn what constitutes a "no" and that only yes means yes!

GOAL: Provide an in-depth analysis of consent; when and how it can be given; and ways to ensure one has it with their partner(s).

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Define affirmative consent
  • Explain situations in which consent can and cannot be given
  • Demonstrate ways in which one can ask for consent
  • Discuss the role consent has in healthy and positive sexual relationships

LENGTH: 45-60 min

AREA: WRC

Debunking Feminism Myths

PURPOSE: Feminism is often still considered a dirty word, but has a simple definition as the belief in equality and humanity of all genders. This presentation can also be adjusted for specific groups of students (ie. sorority members, athletes, Honors College, women of color).

GOAL: Explore the history of the feminist movement, current misconceptions, the popularization of feminism, and how feminism is still relevant today.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the foundation of the feminist movement
  • Locate feminism in the larger social justice and civil rights movements
  • Distinguish between the pop culture and political arenas of feminism
  • Discuss the impact that policy and legislation has on women

LENGTH: 60 min

AREA: WRC

All Diversity & Community Involvement centers and administrative offices are are located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center