EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

At Villanova University, we believe that diversity is at the heart of all our vital teaching and learning experiences. Our students, faculty, and staff grow by broadening their perspectives and developing new insights on the world.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers various optional workshops and lectures for faculty, staff or students that encourage self-reflection, understanding and individual growth.

Please contact Ariella Robbins from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to schedule one of the workshops listed below. Our team can also partner with you to combine some of our workshops and lectures to develop tailored presentations upon request or facilitate/co-facilitate conversations that might be from an outside party trained and experienced in diversity work.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to explore Villanova's Employee Resources Groups, which provide support and engagement to University employees. These groups may focus on specific interests or identities and offer a variety of experiences, but they are not closed groups, they are welcome to supporters and allies.

OUR OFFERINGS

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

This discussion-based workshop asks staff to reflect on what it means to create an inclusive workplace and to consider embedding diversity and inclusion in daily practices. The workshop aims to prepare staff for a community that is aware of different identities through exploration and discussion of implicit bias, inclusive language and sample case studies.

Key Terminology: Cultural competency, Social identity, Microaggressions, Critical inferences, Inclusive practices
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion, video clips, case studies, personal reflection, Q&A
Recommended Number of Participants: 20+

Inclusive Environments for Teaching and Learning

This discussion-based workshop asks faculty to consider what it means to create an inclusive classroom and how to incorporate current events dealing with diversity and inclusion into the classroom. Small group discussions will be centered on sample case studies and connections to how outside events affect the lives of students.

Key Terminology: Inclusive teaching, Dialogue
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion, presentation, Q&A
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

Identity Exploration

This workshop aims to critically consider the experiences and needs of specific identity groups. The workshop utilizes small and large group discussions to establish space for participants to voice their perspectives and learn from others.

Key Terminology: Dialogue, Social Identity, Critical Inferences
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion, presentation, Q&A
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

Community is a Verb

Community Is a Verb is a bias awareness training that is offered to faculty and staff through HR. In our partnership with HR, we offer a follow-up discussion series to aide in continued development. The series include Power Dynamics, Microinequities and Work Styles.

Key Terminology: Dialogue, Social Identity, Cultural competency
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion, presentation, panel Q&A
Recommended Number of Participants: 25+

Summer Intercultural Communication for Faculty and Staff (Diversity Dialogue)

This workshop explores communicating across difference on our campus and introduces participants to dialogue.

Key Terminology: Stereotypes, Unconscious Bias, Cultural Competence, Dialogue, Listening
Duration: 6-8 two-hour sessions
Format: Small and large group discussion
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

Panel Conversations

On a variety of topics such as gender, awkward interactions, current terminology, resolving tensions in a charged environment and developing allyship.

 

External Resources for Learning

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion recommends the following resources for those interested in learning more about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Adams, M., Bell, L. A., Griffin, P. (Eds.). (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.

Asumah, S. N. & Nagel, M. (2014). Diversity, social justice, and inclusive excellence. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Heldke, L. & O’Connor, P. (2004). Oppression, privilege, and resistance. New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill.

Johnson, A. G. (2018). Privilege, power, and difference (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill.

Our office is located in Tolentine Hall, Room 202.