No handholding, singing or drums… this isn’t your typical diversity training. More than just a “basic” diversity training, this program takes participants through multiple highly interactive activities so that they gain a better understanding of themselves and others. By better understanding difference, we write more accurate stories about others. Our judgements, assumptions, and persistent fear of doing something wrong often get in the way and don’t allow for good listening, strong friendships, and deep community building.

Diversity and Social Justice Trainings

INCLUSION: BEYOND THE LAW

As an HR professional, you want to foster a workplace that is inclusive of all kinds of people. And when it comes to event planning, you want to be mindful of the laws regarding inclusion.

This webinar will teach HR professionals and event planners how to keep attendees feeling safe, welcome, and included in the event and at the venue.

Covering topics ranging from ride share programs to roommate matching considerations, participants will leave the webinar fully aware of the myriad ways to promote inclusiveness and pull off a successful event!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop practical lists of easy, inexpensive things to do to make events, administrative processes, and other elements inclusive for more people
  • Become familiar with members, users, and participants needs that more than likely you haven't thought about yet
  • Being sensitive to gender, class, development, language access, allergies, sensitivities, while working collaboratively with vendors, facilities, and local, state, and federal mandates

Sticks and Stones: LGBT 101

What better way to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities. By then comparing themes of these messages learned for these different groups, we can then have a much deeper conversation about class, race, educational access, citizenship, ability assumptions, etc. By understanding our language we can hold ourselves accountable to building an inclusive environment for all (regardless of sexual identity).

Learning Outcomes:

  • To articulate their own stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
  • To identify others' stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
  • To recognize the U.S. cultural need for binaries when examining sexual identities and gender identities
You answered all of my questions knowledgeably and without making me feel dumb for asking.
— "Sticks and Stones" particpant

Facing Trans: Inclusion, Advocacy, and Empowerment

As we become comfortable with the Lesbian and Gay plight in the workplace, we continue to overlook Bisexuals and silence Transgender populations. Trans folks are courageously coming forward and identifying as such more and more often. This day-long training is designed to help organizational leaders strategically plan to provide a safe and supportive climate for all and to prepare participants to become better advocates for the trans community. Be a leader by identifying the needs, (including invisible populations), advocating effectively for trans people, and empowering all community members to take action.

Currently, very few Fortune 500 companies protect transgender employees in their non-discrimination policies, yet more and more people are coming forward with trans or gender variant identities that directly challenge existing policies, procedures, and services. This in-depth interactive training aims to:

  • Increase awareness of the existence of the trans/gender variant populations
  • Transfer this knowledge to proactively identify actions steps
  • Create more advocates for trans needs
  • Elevate leaders in serving trans populations

As a participant in this training, individuals will benefit from:

  • Professional Development and on-going education about diverse populations in the workplace
  • Hands on resources to take back to work to be more inclusive for trans/gender variant staff
  • Personal education and training to raise awareness of trans issues
  • Safe space to asks questions, check assumptions, and learn about this invisible population

Gender This!

This workshop is a very basic workshop introducing the concept of gender as a social construct and how gender expression changes through class, culture, and time. This workshop is very interactive and provides a safe place for all sorts of questions regarding identity, language, sex, sexuality, and gender perception.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To recognize three of their own stereotypes/assumptions about gender
  • To understand and evaluate three stereotypes about gender that are supported by US culture
  • To reorganize traditional gender perceptions based on the realities of judgments and assumptions

Fun Triangle

After doing transgender education for a number of years, this program developed around the triangulation of sex, gender, and sexual identity and the connections between sexism and heterosexism. By clearly depicting the differences and dependence of these three words that are often used synonymously, we can then begin a deeper conversation regarding current policies and procedures on campus. Understanding these differences can be made very simple so that next steps can be planned for campuses and organizations that may not be easy to implement.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To define sexual identity, gender identity and sex
  • To recognize the difference between sex, sexual identity and gender identity
  • To describe how sexism and heterosexism are perpetuated by the conflation of sexual identity, gender identity, and sex
Jessica was very animated and gave clear information. She is a very good speaker and made me think about our culture and question it.
— "Fun Triangle" participant