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First-Year Diversity Experience

Diversity Ally Workshop Series

The following workshops are now open for enrollment on the HR WEBSITE. Workshops are for OU faculty and staff and registration is REQUIRED.

These workshops represent an enhanced series, available to all Faculty and Staff, titled Diversity Ally. Developed by OU faculty and staff, the Diversity Ally program is designed to improve campus climate by promoting the skills and resources to avoid bias, to provide better support to students, and to disrupt the harmful dynamics when they arise. Participants are provided with information, invited to introspect, and given tools for engaging positively. These workshops may be completed in any order and allow you to earn the Diversity Ally certificate.

Unlearning Racism

Attendees of this workshop will discuss each other’s perspectives and try to understand, challenge, and learn from each other’s position by asking engaging questions. Some of the discussion may include specific examples of race-related situations specific to university context.

Upon completion attendees will:

  • Develop understanding of racism
  • Learn from and challenge each other on racism
  • Discuss examples of race related situations specific to OU
  • Develop strategies to improve university climate

Unlearning Ableism

Ableism is the systematic privileging of bodies and minds that are seen as “normal” or able. It’s also the discrimination or prejudice based on the belief that persons with disabilities need to be “fixed” or cannot function as full members of society.

Upon completion attendees will:

  • Understand terms and concepts
  • Identify history that shaped definitions of disability
  • Better understand disability in higher education
  • Identify Ableism
  • Recognize ableism in ourselves, communities, and institutions

Unlearning Classism

Classism is the prejudice against or in favor of people belonging to a particular social class. In this workshop, facilitators will discuss classist myths in America and encourage discussion between attendees regarding class and social structures and what these things mean to each of us.

Upon completion attendees will:

  • Identify terms
  •  Understand wealth distribution in the USA
  •  Recognize classist myths
  • Identify intersections of our class identities with our other identities
  • Develop strategies to combat classism

Unlearning Sexism

Sexism is a system that privileges one gender over another, creating gender inequality and restrictive gender identity expectations. These systems then become naturalized, self-maintaining, and self-reinforced.

Upon completion attendees will:

  • Define and provide examples of sexism through an intersectional perspective
  • Articulate personal and societal impacts of gender-based violence
  • Better identify how sexism impacts people around them
  • Participants will be able to construct three meaningful ways they can confront, resist, and educate about sexism

Understanding Implicit Bias

The Implicit Bias Training will help individuals understand what implicit bias is and highlight how we engage within our bias every day. Participants will discuss scenarios, engage in constructive conversation, and share ideas on how to overcome behaviors that can be hurtful or detrimental to co-workers, friends, and family.

During this workshop you will:

  • Understand the impact of implicit bias
  • Identify the roots of implicit bias
  • Analyze interactions based on 9 types of implicit bias

ON-DEMAND Training

Request a training covering any of these areas:

  • Unconcious Bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Stereotype Threats
  • Inclusive pedagogies
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