Read through the available topics and select the training that will best fit your needs. If a particular topic regarding Diversity & Inclusion is not listed, you may request it here, and a representative will contact you shortly to develop a specific program which best fits your needs.

Topics in Diversity & Inclusion:

 

Title: Dispelling Myths and Breaking Stereotypes: Introduction to LGBTQIA Populations

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description:

This primer, complete with storytelling, helps participants examine their own biases regarding individuals within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersexual, and asexual populations. Participants leave the program with action steps for future growth and development. This is *not* to be confused with the Safe Zone training program which is longer and allows you to earn your membership in this group.

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Crossing the Line

Title: Crossing the Line

Presenter: Fernando Alcántar or Melissa Ciment

Description: “Crossing the Line” is a powerful, interactive, and effective activity that builds diversity awareness within a group. The goals of this activity include helping participants learn about themselves; give participants an opportunity to reflect upon their self- and cultural identity; allowing the community involved to appreciate its own diversity more and learn to treat each other like the diverse human beings we all are, instead of as homogenized, singular, cultureless beings.

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Title: A Voice of Support: Recognizing and Responding to Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: This workshop helps participants understand the short-term and long-term impact of harassment and bullying on LGBTQ youth populations. Participants leave the session with action steps to take when confronted with this problem.

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OMA

Program: Get to Know OMA

Presenters: Lurine Allotey & Ly’Esha Fleming

Description The purpose of this presentation is to inform students, especially incoming freshmen of the mission and function of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Our students learn about the resources OMA provides through programs that focuses on diversity and inclusion. This is mostly an information session that encourages students to play an active role in any of the OMA sponsored activities and to engage in student’s discussions and programs that will help to foster holistic learning and prepare them for the global community (30 minutes).

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Title: The Man Box: Problematizing Today’s Masculinity

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: This interactive workshop helps participants examine social constructions of today’s masculinity and the outcomes that conformity to these norms can produce.

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Diversity-Stereotypes

Title: Quest for Diversity

Presenters: Lurine Allotey & Ly’Esha Fleming

Description:  This is an interactive presentation that allows students to be conscientious of stereotypes.   This program provides an opportunity for greater self-awareness and give students a chance to explore subtle biases──while allowing them to speak freely about their own encounter with stereotypes. This activity also name some of the many stereotypes that exists ── and educate students on the danger of labeling an entire group based on the behavior of a few (45 minutes).

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Ask the Question

Title: Ask the Question: Building Dialogue through Active Communication

Presenters: Lurine Allotey & Ly’Esha Fleming

Description: This activity help students understand how to navigate the culture and subculture of their environment. It encourages them to ask question of their peers, rather than making assumptions (“getting to know you”). This activity also help students understand how each one can transform his/her perception of the other through the process of dialogue── as they get to know each other, their opinion shifts (40 minutes).

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Title: Helping Carry the Torch: The Role of Allies in Reducing Discrimination

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: What is an ally and why do we need them? In order for true change to occur, those who hold power and privilege must learn to work with those who are oppressed by the system. This workshop helps individuals understand the best way to use privilege to change systems that oppress others.

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Engaging Diversity

Title: Engaging and Enriching Lives through Diversity

Presenters: Lurine Allotey & Ly’Esha Fleming

Description: Through a discussion about diversity and inclusion── this activity challenges student to engage and explore other perspective beyond themselves. It emphasized forbearance for the overall differences in other people’s opinion, culture, sexual orientation, and religion… at the same time making room for individual beliefs (30-40 minutes).

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Title: Foundations of Social Justice

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: We often throw around the terms diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice—but what do they actually mean? What does it mean to live a socially-just life? How can we take action to address inequality? This interactive session will encourage participants to reflect upon their own lived experiences in order to build connections with others to build collective social action.

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Title: Gender Oppression and Homophobia: Living the Counter Story

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: There is a substantial link between sexism and homophobia. This workshop takes a storytelling approach to examine this connection and how we all play a role in creating and maintaining a warm and welcoming climate here at ESU.

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Cultural Competence

Title: Cultural Competence vs Cultural Humility

Presenters: Lurine Allotey & Ly’Esha Fleming

Description:

“Cultural Competence v.s. Cultural Humility” is a program defining both cultural competence and cultural humility and their relevance within today’s society.  The aim of this program is to help students see the need to embody in their personal and professional lives the knowledge gain from both topics (40 – 60 minutes).

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Title: It’s Not Just Yelling ‘Homo:’ Recognizing, Responding to, and Reducing Heterosexism and Homophobia.”

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: This more advanced workshop will focus on how to take action steps to reduce or eliminate heterosexism and homophoba at an institutional and organizational level.

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Glass Ceiling

Title: Understanding the Realities of Glass Ceilings

Presenters: Lurine Allotey & Ly’Esha Fleming

Description: This presentation aims to address what “glass ceilings are and their impacts on minority communities in 21st century America. Interactive scenarios and discussions are used to engage the audience—and depict the hardships caused by an unleveled playing field. This presentation will address both social theories and shows the impact of glass ceilings on the community at large (45 – 60 minutes).

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Title: Preventing Sexual and Relationship Violence: It Starts With Us

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: Designed as a lecture, this presentation examines masculine gender norms as foundations for sexual and relationship violence and helps men to take positive steps to alter their environments and take an active role in addressing this issue. This lecture is intended for men but can be adapted for mixed populations.

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Title: Living and Surviving in Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description:This experiential workshop encourages participants to create the “ideal community;” however, they must work within the system to do so, a system modeled after structural inequality. After the simulated activity, small group and large group debriefing helps connect basic social justice concepts. This program works best with groups over 25 and will take at least 60-90 minutes.

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Title: What the Movies Tell Us About _____________

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: Using principles of critical cultural studies, this lecture is customizable to your groups’ needs. Includes film clips and interactive text polling.

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Title: Why Are We Always Talking About Consent? Why Communication is Vital to Sex and Relationships

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: This interactive lecture presents nuts and bolts information necessary for making healthy sexual choices including: hook-up culture pressures, understanding and communicating consent as a foundation of respectful relationships, and effective interventions for bystanders and friends in a non-threatening, easy-to-follow manner.

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Title: Is Leadership Gendered?

Presenters: Gene Kelly, PhD

Description: Takes a discussion-based approach to examining the social constructions of gender as well as core concepts in leadership in order to encourage connections between the two and create opportunities to re-evaluate what and whom we value as leaders.

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