College Launches Ambitious Slate of Diversity & Equity Trainings

Posted by Travis Proffitt
Focused on faculty and staff, these trainings will give E&H employees more knowledge and tools to be effective leaders and colleagues at an increasingly diverse college.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, Emory & Henry College’s Office of the Provost and the Inclusion & Dialogue Center will launch an ambitious slate of professional development workshops for E&H faculty and staff.  These workshops will give all employees the knowledge base and resources necessary to effectively and equitably work with persons from diverse backgrounds and beliefs.  

As the landscape of American communities becomes more diverse, it is imperative that institutions of higher education equip their community members to be conversant with these changes and confident to understand and embrace multicultural knowledge.  Below are a few examples of upcoming trainings for E&H faculty and staff:

  • Strategies for Inclusive Teaching & Learning: Maintaining a classroom that understands and respects diversity maximizes student involvement and participation; and a tone of inclusiveness and cultural awareness will encourage a safe, comfortable, and productive environment for student learning. This hour-long interactive workshop will offer faculty a range of resources to help you consider how to make your classroom a place of deep learning and practice for all people from all backgrounds.
  • The Identity Iceberg: Visible and Invisible Identities: Understanding the formation and expression of visible and invisible identities is important to have effective and respectful exchanges with diverse peoples. This workshop will ask participants to think about their own identities and how those might influence their interactions with students and coworkers from various backgrounds.  
  • Culturally Responsive Academic Advising: This interactive workshop will explore the various power structures that may be present in an academic advising setting.  Dynamics of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation will be discussed, and how these may influence interactions between students and faculty advisors.  We will explore strategies for creating a holistic, inclusive, and productive advising space.

For more information about these and other opportunities, please contact Travis Proffitt, Director of Academic Diversity Initiatives. 

  • E&H student delivers a presentation on diversity.
    E&H student delivers a presentation on diversity. 

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