The Identity & Inclusion Series is a set of interactive diversity and inclusion workshops on building a socially conscious community.
Each workshop is open to all students, faculty, and staff, accessible to a variety of prior engagement levels, and facilitated with warmth by the members of the Multicultural Affairs team. Sign up for one or many!
We are offering the following sessions as part of the series. View the descriptions below, and log-in to register for the session(s) of your choice.
Registration for each session will be capped to maintain a communal environment for discussion, so please only register for workshops that you will commit to attend. Workshop locations will be on the Morningside campus, and will be shared upon registration.
Accessibility needs should be specified on the registration form, or by emailing email@example.com.
Unconscious Bias [Wednesday, September 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.]
Through presentation, discussion, and interactive dialogue exercises, this workshop offers an overview of unconscious bias, the neural processes that guide our snap judgments, and strategies for mitigating implicit assumptions.
Facilitation Training [Friday, September 14, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.]
This training is designed for individuals or organizational leaders looking to acquire and hone skills to lead facilitation-based dialogue centered around topics related to bias, identity, power, privilege, oppression, and more. Through a variety of interactive exercises, participants will learn about the purpose and process of building safer spaces, acquire skills to plan and execute an effective workshop, and engage in practice facilitation scenarios. This training is suited best for those who have experienced facilitation-based learning, have done self-work around identity, power, privilege, and oppression, and are looking to create dialogue spaces for others in their community.
Privilege & Oppression [Friday, September 21, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.]
Through a series of interactive activities and group dialogue exercises, this sessions explores the definitions of power, privilege, and oppression (PPO) and how they manifest individually, institutionally, and culturally. Participants will explore -isms that contribute to PPO and discuss where and how they learned of these ideas. Lastly, participants will examine ways in which they can create more equitable spaces on campus and communities to become allies to others.
Allyship & Solidarity [Wednesday, September 26, 5:00-7:00 p.m.]
This interactive workshop explores how we can meaningfully engage with privielge and marginalization to act in solidarity with communities other than our own.
Communicating Across Cultures [Wednesday, October 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m.]
Through role plays, examples, and experiential exercises, participants will examine aspects of culture, understand different intercultural communication styles, and reflect on how different communication styles affect communication and collaboration across cultures.
Microaggressions [Friday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.]
This workshop will explore how microbehaviors can subtly and often unconsciously target marginalized communities to enforce dynamics of privilege and power. Participants will understand how microaggressions manifest and examine strategies for confronting them when they occur.
CU Safe Zone [Two offerings: Friday, October 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or Friday, November 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.]
CU Safe Zone is a 3-hour training session that provides foundational knowledge needed to support and act in solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities at Columbia University. This campus wide program was designed to educate and visibly identify students, faculty, and staff who support the LGBTQ+ community, better understand LGBTQ+ communities and some of the issues these communities face, and are aware of the various LGBTQ resources available to folks on campus.