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:

 

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: Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium

Presenter: Matthew Simmons

Description: “Journey to a Hate Free Millennium” is the inspiring documentary that seeks solutions to the horrible hate crimes that have become prominent in the headlines of today. The stirring 35-minute documentary uses the real-life stories of: the vicious murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming; the horrendous death of James Byrd, Jr., a black man dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas; and the unfathomable shootings at Columbine High School, in Colorado. The filmmaker questions ‘why?’, but also begs to find answers that encourage dialogue and action to put a stop to these senseless acts of violence.

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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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Morally Wrong

Title: What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?

Presenter: Matthew Simmons

Description: In this provocative video presentation, Dr. John Corvino tackles these questions and more. Combining philosophical rigor with sensitivity and humor, Corvino examines the most common arguments against same-sex relationships – including those based on nature, harm, and religion. In the process, he invites people on all sides to rethink easy assumptions about homosexuality and morality.

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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: LGBTQA Ally Program

Presenter: Matthew Simmons

Description: The Ally Program strives to create understanding, support and visibility for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Community. While other minority individuals can often visibly identify other role models and mentors, the invisibility of sexual orientation makes it challenging for LGBT individuals to ascertain whom they can safely turn for support and information. Participation in this program will teach individuals valuable information about how to be an Ally/Advocate for the LGBTQ Community, and provide them with a recognizable placard to help students seeking assistance or resources.

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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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Crossing the Line

Title: Crossing the Line

Presenter: Matthew Simmons

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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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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Trans 101

Title: Trans 101

Presenter: Matthew Simmons

Description: Trans 101 is an introductory education program designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning individuals. Included in the program are common terms associated with the transgender community, ways of respecting ones gender identity, addressing transphobia, and resources available on campus.

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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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