Diversity Training - College of William and Mary


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  • Here students are encouraged to think about ‘what they bring to the table’. On a piece of paper, students will be asked to reflect, “when I look in the mirror what do I see”. These can be both negative and positive things and students are not required to share.
  • This exercise points out the concept of diversity of perspectives and ideology. The point should be stressed that we believe what we believe, make the decisions we make, and value certain things because of the perception we have of the world as a result of the experiences we’ve had up to this point in life.
  • Diversity Training - College of William and Mary

    1. 1. DiversityW&M and Beyond<br />Extended Orientation 2009<br />Center for Student Diversity - The College of William and Mary<br />
    2. 2. Why are we here?<br />Diversity is important to The College<br />Follow up to regular orientation session<br />Explore different facets of diversity and show the importance thereof<br />Create an honest dialogue about Diversity here on campus and beyond<br />
    3. 3. What is Diversity?<br />If you had to create a definition of Diversity, what would it be?<br />What are some of the things that you think of when you hear Diversity?<br />
    4. 4. What is Diversity?<br />A theoretical definition of diversity:<br />Diversity is the variety of backgrounds and characteristics found among humankind; thus it embraces all aspects of human similarities and differences.<br />
    5. 5. It’s Process…<br />Time and patience are required.<br />Once an individual gains the appropriate knowledge/awareness, participates in the reflection process, and chooses appreciate diversity, an integration there of can result<br />
    6. 6. The Road to Appreciating Diversity<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
    7. 7. Tolerance
    8. 8. Reflection
    9. 9. Appreciation
    10. 10. Integration</li></ul>Appreciating Diversity is a process<br />One must understand and recognize that there are barriers along journey<br />Stereotypes<br />
    11. 11. Barriers Along the Journey<br />
    12. 12. Exploring Stereotypes<br /><ul><li> Everyone deals with or has faced stereotypes.
    13. 13. Common Stereotypes of Certain Groups are often portrayed in movies, television shows, and other types of media.
    14. 14. Per your experience with these various forms of media, quickly respond to the following statements…</li></li></ul><li>What’s the First Thing That Comes to Your Mind??<br /><ul><li>All athletes are…
    15. 15. All lawyers are…
    16. 16. All male hairdressers are…
    17. 17. All construction workers are…
    18. 18. All blondes are…
    19. 19. All people with AIDS are…
    20. 20. All people on welfare are…
    21. 21. All young people are…
    22. 22. All old people are…
    23. 23. All men are…
    24. 24. All women are…
    25. 25. All William and Mary students are…</li></li></ul><li>Exploring Stereotypes<br /><ul><li> Where do these stereotypes come from?
    26. 26. From what and whom do we learn/are exposed to these views?
    27. 27. What prejudices result from these stereotypes?
    28. 28. What harm can come from these stereotypical views?
    29. 29. Along your journey at W&M?
    30. 30. Beyond the walls of The College?</li></li></ul><li>The Road to Appreciating Diversity<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
    31. 31. Tolerance
    32. 32. Reflection
    33. 33. Appreciation
    34. 34. Integration</li></ul>Appreciating Diversity is a process<br />Understand and recognize barriers along journey<br />Stereotypes<br />Biases/Prejudices<br />Discrimination<br />Racism, and other “isms”<br />age, disabilities, athletic ability, weight<br />Ignorance/Lack of Awareness<br />
    35. 35. The Road to Appreciating Diversity<br />“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”<br />
    36. 36. The Road to Appreciating Diversity<br />Some will say:<br />I didn’t realize that was offensive.<br />I didn’t know that was a derogatory statement.<br />How was I suppose to know?<br />It is a process, a journey… but when we know better, the challenge follows to do better<br />We all learn more as we travel towards appreciating diversity<br />This learning process is catalyzed through interactions, honest questions, and honest reflection<br />
    37. 37. Reflection – the process of thinking, pondering or meditating<br /><ul><li>Requires honesty
    38. 38. Serves as a guide and measure</li></ul>What Do You Bring to the Table?<br />
    39. 39. A Tale of Philanthropy<br /><ul><li>Follow the instructions given on the handout.</li></ul>Diversity (in one form) in Motion<br />
    40. 40. A Tale of Philanthropy<br /><ul><li>Which answer is correct?
    41. 41. Is there one correct answer?
    42. 42. Why do we:
    43. 43. Make certain decisions?
    44. 44. Believe what we believe?
    45. 45. Hold specific values?
    46. 46. It’s all about Perception, the end result of the totality of experiences we have had in life that have brought us to this point
    47. 47. These experiences shape our view of the world
    48. 48. What can you take away from this exercise?
    49. 49. What did you find most difficult?
    50. 50. What did you find most interesting?</li></li></ul><li>Why is Diversity (and the appreciation thereof) Important?<br /><ul><li>What benefits are there to diversity?
    51. 51. How can diversity be beneficial in the learning process?
    52. 52. How does an appreciation of diversity affect the W&M campus?
    53. 53. How does an appreciation for diversity and experience interacting with diverse groups of people prepare you for life beyond W&M?</li></li></ul><li>Remember….It’s Process…<br />Time and patience are required.<br />Once an individual gains the appropriate knowledge/awareness, participates in the reflection process, and chooses appreciate diversity, an integration there of can result<br />
    54. 54. What’s Next?<br />Challenge to branch out, move beyond personal comfort zone.<br />How?<br />Try something new<br />Looking beyond the first 6 seconds<br />Give people a chance to prove themselves to be likable…you never know what role you will play in someone's life<br />Challenge peers – as simple as asking a question<br />When you hear someone make a derogatory statement, or tell an insensitive joke…<br />Why did you say that? What makes you feel that way?<br />Did you know that is offensive?<br />If nothing else a conversation is started and the individual may begin to think more concretely about the things they say and do and how it effects others<br />
    55. 55. Questions, Comments, Concerns?<br />
    56. 56. The Center for Student Diversity<br />Location : Campus Center 159<br />Feel free to visit and bring friends with you!!<br />
    57. 57. Program Evaluations<br />Please complete the evaluation with your honest feedback.<br />Leave evaluation forms with presenter as you exit the room.<br />Thank You!!<br />