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Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies

Promoting Understanding and Cooperation

The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) brings together businesses, education professionals, the media, as well as government, labor, and community-based agencies and organizations to help create equal opportunities in various areas of society.

4/8/16

A letter to the SWCHRS Community

A letter to the SWCHRS Community from Director Kathleen Wong(Lau) found here.

 

Letter to SWCHRS

Welcome to the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies

SWCHRS promotes understanding and cooperation among those of different racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.

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The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies is a university-based human relations and social justice organization that serves as a catalyst for promoting equity and human rights through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration for both university communities and society at large, transforming people and institutions to ensure opportunities for all.

SWCHRS promotes understanding and cooperation

The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) brings together businesses, education professionals, the media, as well as government, labor, and community-based agencies and organizations to help create equal opportunities in various areas of society.

SWCHRS promotes understanding and cooperation among those of different racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Its activities fall into the categories of:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Public Service
  • Consultation

In these efforts, SWCHRS provides client-based training programs focusing on cultural diversity and cross-cultural communications in education and the workplace.

The range of the Center's activities fall into the four major categories of Education, Research, Public Service, and Consultation. Within these broad areas, the Center offers a range of capabilities and services including:

  • providing educational and training programs through special institute conferences, workshops, and seminars
  • developing client-based training programs focusing on cultural diversity, and cross-cultural communication in both educational and workplace settings
  • developing and disseminating information about various populations and critical issues and concerns that impact their live
  • assessing community and institutional problems and formulating policy recommendation and
  • performing applied community studies, needs and capabilities assessment, and program evaluations.

The staff and partners of the SWCHRS have the training and expertise to serve as consultant or facilitator on the following issues. The SWCHRS uses current research based methods and pedagogies across disciplines including intercultural communication, intergroup relations, social psychology, industrial psychology, health and behavioral sciences, multicultural social justice education, sociology, literature and others. Some areas of expertise and workshops/trainings include:

  • Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation, Intercultural Small Group Facilitation (train the trainers)

  • Multicultural/inclusive Leadership in interracial & intercultural teams, cross-gender teams in both the public and private sectors

  • Intergroup Conflict Management in Organizations (not conflict resolution, but productive conflict that produces perspective taking and innovation in outcomes)

  • Phone consultations with subgroups and teams dealing with specific tasks, projects, and contexts (converting from US based team members to teams including international members)

  • Retention of Underrepresented students, employees or team members through intergroup identity development models

  • Generative grant writing that integrates diversity frameworks, interventions, and assessments into the project as required by calls for proposals.

Multicultural Leadership in STEM disciplines-Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management that Promotes Innovation- 120 faculty and administrators in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from Midwestern universities. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Perspective Taking and Intercultural/Interracial Conflict Management for 6th graders- 2 day workshop with 60 students (8 hours total). Maple Street Middle School, Kalamazoo, MI.

Intercultural Communication: Managing versus Leading in a Complex Organization. One day (7 hour) training of 110 managers across divisions of Stryker Healthcare Organization including research science, manufacturing, IT and international locations. Stryker Corp., Kalamazoo, MI.

Intercultural/Intergroup Decision-Making  Skills in Small Groups-2 hour workshop given in core courses of Biomedical Engineering majors. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.