Partnering with You

OMA Workshops: Partners in the Classroom provides faculty the opportunity to invite OMA staff and other partners into the classroom to present on a variety of diversity and leadership topics.  The workshops are designed to assist students in increasing their cultural knowledge of themselves and others and/or introduces principles for engaging in critical dialogue. 
 
Workshop options include:
  • Creating an Inclusive Community
  1. Define campus climate and its dimensions
  2. Describe how campus climate differs for identity groups
  3. Identify examples where they have witnessed, experienced and/or contributed to a negative campus climate
  4. Identify strategies for interruption of campus climate
  5. Practice scenarios of interrupting negative campus climate in order to create positive campus climate 
  • Gaining Power through Cultural Diversity
  1. Define bias, stereotypes, and microaggressions
  2. Recognize the impact of communication on self and others
  3. Use observation, conflict management, dialogue, and active listening as a means of understanding and engaging with others
  4. Identify strategies interruption, questioning, education, and echoing strategies
  5. Actively accept and provide feedback as needed on microaggressions
  6. Actively address inequities in their daily life as needs arise
  • Introduction to Intergroup Dialogue
  1. Distinguish between the terms debate, discussion, and dialogue
  2. Explore similarities and differences in experiences within and across social identity groups
  3. Use dialogue skills to work constructively across difference
  4. Identify actions which can contribute to more inclusive communities
  5. Incorporate dialogue into daily lives
  • Me, Myself, and Others
  1. Define the terms social identity, social group, and privilege
  2. Recognize commonalities and differences that exist among social groups
  3. Position their own identities within society
  4. Identify cultural norms associated with target and agent groups
  5. Discuss examples of social identities that are important to their sense of self
  • Social Identity

This experience for students is built on intellectual and experiential engagement with issues of difference, diversity, social justice, and alliance building. In a multicultural society that is culturally diverse yet socially stratified, discussions about difference, community and conflict are important to facilitate understanding among different social and cultural groups.

This course will explore a broad range of social identities. In this course, students will understand the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture in the United States and across the world in order to become educated, productive, and principled citizens/leaders. The course is focused on all aspects of social identity, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and national origin. We will explore the topics of identity, social justice, and diversity through these various lenses. As we discuss and learn about different aspects of social identity, we will discuss the impact different social identities have on our understanding of the world.

The goals and learning outcomes for this experience are:

  1. Students understand the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture in the United States and across the world in order to become educated, productive, and principled citizens.
  2.  Students will be able to describe and evaluate the roles of such categories as race, gender and sexuality, disability, class, ethnicity, and religion in the pluralistic institutions and cultures of the United States. 
  3. Students will be able to recognize the role of social diversity in shaping their own attitudes and values regarding appreciation, tolerance, and equality of others.
  4. Students will begin to develop an understanding of major social justice concepts (e.g., power, privilege, difference, microaggressions)
    1. Identify micro-aggressions within their daily lives and within society as a whole. 
    2. Identify ways in which they can challenge or address systems of power and privilege.
    3. Describe and evaluate the roles of such categories as race, gender and sexuality, disability, class, ethnicity, and religion in the pluralistic institutions and cultures of the United States.
  5. Students will understand and have an appreciation for individuals different from themselves 
    1. Recognize the role of social diversity in shaping their own attitudes and values regarding appreciation, tolerance, and equality of others. 
    2. Demonstrate a personal ethic geared towards civic responsibility. 
    3. Demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and other cultures. 
    4. Recognize the commonalities and differences that exist among people and cultures and how these factors influence their relationship with others.
    5. Recognize the influence of culture on communication and be willing to address any difference of one’s own culture and communication style.
  6. Students will learn to value their own self-identity and the identities of others different from them. 
  7. Students will grasp their role within greater society and how they can work to create social justice 
    1. Discuss how they will maintain socially just global citizenship / leadership as part of their lifelong learning. 

Other workshops can be designed based on the needs of the group.

Before canceling a class or as an addition to your curriculum, please consider the OMA Workshops as you finalize your syllabus.
 
Click here to request an OMA Workshops: Partners in the Classroom session.

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Office of Multicultural Affairs

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 

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