Development of a DEI Training Curriculum to Sustain and Promote Cultural Consciousness and Adaptation in Institutions of Higher Education (72637)

Session Information: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education (Workshop)

Friday, 22 September 2023 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Sants
Presentation Type:Workshop Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Words matter. Successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) requires all members to agree on a common language. Common language provides a clear understanding of DEI concepts. Understanding others’ positionalities, histories, and biases happens through courageous conversations where concepts like race, privilege, and inequality are discussed, defined, and agreed upon. This training will focus on the important elements to include when developing a DEI training curriculum for your department. These trainers believe cultivating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to departmental wellbeing. As trainers in DEI, “we view cultural consciousness as an ongoing and dynamic developmental process with no endpoint—one that requires active, critical, and purposeful engagement” (Azzopardi et al., 2016, p. 287). This process starts by engaging in self-assessment and introspective exercises. These exercises increase individuals’ understanding of their intersectional selves, reflecting their privilege, marginalized status, and biases they hold. Creating and sharing positionality statements provides an opportunity to identify, understand, and challenge implicit biases (Gill, 2018; Zak, 2015). SWK Departments can utilize and support reciprocal two-way feedback design to support faculty and staff in working toward anti-racist and anti-oppressive goals and objectives for actionable change. Personal accountability (PA) in equity work is strengthened when faculty, staff, and students assume responsibility for their self-work in DEI Departments. It supports commitment to equity, intentional inclusivity, and proactive cultural responsiveness. Through calling in rather than reactive calling out DEI PA statements, ask faculty and staff to ponder what they will commit to?. (Amin, 2022).

Tanya Greathouse, Metropolitan State University of Denver, United States
Julie Clockston, Metropolitan State University of Denver, United States
M. Marina Pereira, Metropolitan State University of Denver, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Julie Clockston (She/Her/Hers) is a proud alumna of MSU Denver, BSSW and MSW. She is an LCSW and past President of (NASW Colo19-22). The past president of (TASP 19-22). She is an assistant professor and the DEI Co-Coord for the MSUD dept SWK.

Dr. Tanya Greathouse, LCSW is an Associate Professor, MSW Program Director and Co-coordinator of DEI programming at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Social Work Department. She teaches at MSU Denver and Smith College School for Social Work.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00