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Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

March 14, 21, & 28, 2017


  Join Drs. Pamela McFadden and Bob Covert for this special training on intercultural competency. The focus of the training is uncovering unconscious and implicit biases and increasing ease when interacting with difference. The sessions are designed to build community and provide a safe environment to discuss difficult topics regarding racism, classism, ableism, sexism and heterosexism.

Session 1, March 14, 2017.  Awareness, Respect and Ethnicity

The first session includes activities to raise awareness of unconscious biases and how identity can impact interactions with people from different groups. Participants engage in interactive activities. Activities include: a Stereotyping Activity to illustrate that we all have unconscious stereotypes of people when we meet them and that those stereotypes have more to do with our experiences than the person we are stereotyping; a Social Identity and Intercultural Competence Wheel that encourages participants to discuss how different social identities might impact interactions; an Awareness Test to illustrate how our brains have unconscious perceptions; a Respect Activity; an Ethnicity Activity to illustrate diversity; and a homework assignment on implicit bias. The training stresses culturally responsive methods of interaction

Session 2, March 21, 2017.  Discrimination and Difference

This session covers discrimination and difference. Participants recall when and how they have experienced or witnessed discrimination, allowing participants to access the Affective Domain and realize that these experiences are fresh in people’s minds even if they occurred years before. This illustrates that we all have experiences with individual discrimination and illustrates the importance of having a safe space and the impact of discrimination on people. This will provide background knowledge for the later discussion of Institutional and Cultural Privilege and Discrimination.

The Crossover Activity illustrates the diversity/ difference in the room and engages participants in considering how diversity affects us all differentially. Institutional and Cultural discrimination is examined using Individual discrimination as an entry point for understanding. This uses the Identity and Cultural Competence Activity from session 1 to extend learning. This session begins the conversation on unearned privilege.

Session 3 March 28, 2017.  Privilege and Working with Diverse People

This session deals with Classism. There is an activity for identifying invisible, unearned privileges. It is important that participants recognize how people receive differential opportunities based on race, sex, SES, ability, etc.  The interactive activity is the Budget Activity. Discussion centers on equity and “fairness”. Participants then read Being Poor and discuss. This is a reading by John Scalzi that stimulates discussion by bringing different perspectives into the room.   Extension Activity: The handout “Looking at Virginia” is discussed for an extension. Participants are challenged to evaluate their assignments in light of the activity.


Fee for the series is $40.


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