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 and Inclusion offers various 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.
 

Our Offerings

Diversity 101

This workshop aims to prepare staff for culturally and ethically sensitive situations in the workplace through the exploration and discussion of sample case studies.

Key Terminology: Cultural competency, microaggressions
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion, video clips, personal reflection, Q&A
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

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+

Moving from Multiculturalism to Intercultural Communication

This interactive discussion presents an understanding of the latest thinking in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.  It also discusses best practices emerging from these new understanding useful in higher education.

Key Terminology: Cultural competency, Social identity, Stereotypes
Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Format: Lecture/Discussion
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

Inclusive Language

Language is not neutral. Historically, rhetoric and language have been used to empower some and exclude others. Developing sensitivity to language is key to understanding the principles that unite and divide us. Essentially, this is a guide for using inclusive language to improve leadership skills and strengthen inclusive practices on campus (classrooms, meetings, service interaction).

Key Terminology: Cultural competency, Inclusive practices, Language
Duration: 45 minutes
Format: Lecture/Discussion with video
Recommended Number of Participants: 15 – 20

Advanced Identity Exploration

This advanced identity workshop is meant to challenge graduate and law students to consider identity as a social construction that empowers some and marginalizes others. Students will discuss how their own identities serve as a form of privilege and power, how they are perceived by others as a result of their social identities; and furthermore, how they perceive others. Advanced undergraduates could be an appropriate audience.

Key Terminology: Power, Privilege, Social Identity, Marginalization
Duration: 2 hours
Format: Large group discussion and some independent work
Recommended Number or Participants: 10+   

Diversity & Identity (AAP)

The challenges of injustice can be understood through individual identity and the intersections of identity. In this workshop, students learn about the various layers of their identities through a specific breakdown made up of primary, secondary, and tertiary identities. These various personalized identities include ability, age, class, gender, etc. Using the identity wheel, how can you describe your social identity?

Key Terminology: Primary Identity, Secondary Identity, Tertiary Identity
Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Large and small group discussion, some independent work
Recommended Number of Participants: 10+

Introduction to Implicit Bias

We as humans quickly jump to conclusions. This workshop asks students to read a set of statements that make up a story and then determine whether a different set of statements about that story is true or false. The purpose of this activity is to reveal unconsciously made inferences that are typically incorrect. (This workshop can be combined with the Inclusive Language workshop for further discussion)

Key Terminology: Assumptions, Implicit Bias, Critical Inferences
Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

ICE Caps & Our Deceiving Mind

Humans naturally sort people into groups due to the attitudes and beliefs we hold toward particular social groups. This process occurs without our conscious awareness and as a result, shapes the way we interact with others.

Key Terminology: Stereotypes, Unconscious Bias
Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Small and large group discussion
Recommended Number of Participants: 15+

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+

A-w-k-w-a-r-d: Living, Learning, and Teaching Across Lines of Difference

As we work to become a more inclusive community, both personal and institutional adjustments will need to be made. This interactive session begins with performances drawn from real life campus experiences illustrating some of these interpersonal tensions. Audience members will have a chance to discuss the scene and suggest some possible solutions for the actors to try as a way of resolving the issue(s) illustrated.

Key Terminology: Cultural Competency, Language, Listening, Stereotypes
Duration: 90 minutes
Format: Interactive discussion
Recommended Number of Participants: 10+

Panel conversations

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

*We are also available to facilitate and co-facilitate conversations that might be from an outside party trained and experienced in diversity work*