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Diversity Ally: Unlearning Series. Online Workshops. Contact D.E.I. office for more details on how to register.

Diversity Ally Workshop Series

Workshops are dedicated to OU faculty and staff. Registration is REQUIRED.

Developed by OU faculty and staff, the Diversity Ally program is designed to improve campus climate by providing skills and resources needed to avoid bias, to support students and colleagues, and to disrupt harmful dynamics when they arise. After brief lectures, participants are invited to introspect in an empowering way. The workshops may be completed in any order. Those who complete the series completion earn the Diversity Ally certificate.  

In this workshop, attendees will discuss their perspectives with the purpose of understanding, challenging, and learning from each other by asking engaging questions. Some of the discussion may include examples of race-related situations specific to the 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

ABLEISM is the systematic privilege attributed to bodies and minds perceived 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 oneself, communities, and institutions

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 the United States. They will also encourage discussion regarding class and social structures and their meaning to each of us.

Upon completion attendees will:

  • Understand 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

SEXISM is a system of norms 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

The implicit bias training will help individuals understand what implicit bias is and  how we can monitor our biases in our interactions. 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 participants 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

Contact us to schedule a training session covering any of these areas:

  • Unconcious Bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Stereotype Threats
  • Inclusive pedagogies
Our team is also available to consult  and to tailor the workshop to your department/unit needs. Please note that there will not be a charge for internal training requests. 

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