The Office of Belonging facilitates Lunch, Learn, and Lead (L3) Workshops, the Social Justice Lecture Series, and Heritage and Culture Celebrations. Check out our calendar of regularly scheduled programming to find more ways to connect.

If you need to support the learning of a group, organization, or unit, we’ll come to you. Schedule a belonging workshop to jumpstart your journey, or request a custom workshop for advanced engagement around specific issues or themes. All workshops last about one hour.

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Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias

What are microaggressions? How can they harm individual members of the college community? Participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of this form of bias and the building blocks that contribute to Microaggression. The workshop instructor will facilitate exercises and discussions to help participants recognize Microaggression and learn strategies for addressing the subtle messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members.

Identity, Power, and Privilege

The Identity, Power, and Privilege workshop is designed to provide a safe space for participants to begin a conversation about identity, power, and privilege in ways they may not have before. The workshop facilitators will guide the conversation around social identities, dominance and oppression in society, and the definition of key terms. Activities will provide insights in how identity, power, and privilege play out in individual lives.

Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment

The college is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with disabilities can thrive academically and in the workplace. In this workshop, representatives from Accessibility Services will provide an overview of the resources available to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities as well as policies around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.) Accessibility Services will discuss their role in determining reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities and the process for accessing services for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.

Different Like You: Recognizing Stereotypes and Removing Barriers

This workshop is an overview intended to increase participants’ awareness of diversity issues in the workplace as well as their acceptance and appreciation of the unique perspectives and backgrounds of others. Participants will learn to identify and examine one’s own stereotypes and prejudices and how these may influence behaviors and responses. Learn how recognizing barriers to accepting diversity can help to remove them and create an environment for academic and workplace success. Participants will identify ways to promote respect and dignity for others.

SafeZone Training

SafeZone Training provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Safe Zone trainees develop a deeper awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA) individuals; an increased comfort level in addressing concepts and language regarding LGBTIQA communities with the college community and with individuals; an increased awareness of services on campus that support LGBTIQA and allied individuals; a network of community and campus staff, faculty, and students to support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions on campus.

Gender Theory, Gender Diversity, and Trans-Inclusive Spaces

This training introduces participants to a brief history of gender theory with a focus on trans topics and trans theories as they relate to education and leadership. The facilitator will discuss trans contributions to our shifting understandings of sex, gender, identity, and the body as well as the history of trans identity in the U.S. and best practices for creating trans inclusive spaces. Participants will learn about language, and other critical skills to respond thoughtfully in our ever-changing gender landscape. All are welcome.

Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The WHY and HOW

When we talk about diversity and inclusion, diversity is the more familiar topic. The discussion must go beyond seeking and building a diverse workforce to include how we make those whom we work with feel both valued and included. Workshop participants will discuss the differences between diversity, inclusion, and exclusion. They will also leave this workshop with a heightened awareness of the importance of inclusion to a successful workplace and how to promote inclusion in their workplace.