The Center for Diversity & Inclusion oversees and coordinates the UHD National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Team. NCBI is a national organization originally founded to resist racism and anti-Semitism, but has evolved over many years to become a leading prejudice-reduction organization. As an NCBI affiliate, UHD’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion has access to proven, copyrighted training and crisis response modules with a Team of certified trainers to conduct NCBI prejudice-reduction workshops and listening tables, the two most common modules deployed at UHD.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION & OUTCOMES
The Prejudice Reduction Workshop uses pair, small-group, and whole-group activities to introduce, practice, and develop the following five skills which are foundational to NCBI trainings and modules of all kinds. These skills are introduced and practiced in the workshop, but we challenge participants to continue practicing these skills by incorporating them into their day-to-day routines:
- Identifying the information and misinformation we have learned about other groups – In particular, we focus on recognizing when learned stereotypes are activated in our thinking and how to effectively challenge them within ourselves and in others;
- Identifying and expressing pride in the group identities to which we belong – This is often a difficult component of the workshop as so many of us have internalized negative stereotypes about our own identities which make the expression of genuine pride very challenging;
- Learning how identities other than our own experience mistreatment – We include in this section the impact of microaggressions, in addition to overt mistreatment and discrimination;
- Learning the personal impact of specific incidents of discrimination – This is one of the most powerful components of a workshop, as participants hear from peers—often peers who are members of “invisible” diversity identities—the ways that they have been personally hurt by overt discrimination and microaggressions; and,
- Learning how to interrupt prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs – This section equips participants with a range of tools to effectively challenge discriminatory speech and microaggressions in ways meant to raise consciousness and not simply to silence discriminatory speech.
NCBI Workshops at UHD have been very well received. Here are some written comments from student participants in some recent NCBI Workshops:
…It was such a great experience for me,
I wish I had come across this type of workshop in the past. I am currently a senior and this was my first time attending a diversity workshop. In my opinion, I believe this would be a great opportunity for incoming freshman students to experience. Whether it be included in the orientation or some point in the freshman year, this workshop would be an excellent addition, especially because UHD is such a diverse college. I know it might not sound as great because typically freshman tend to be nervous, shy, and to their selves but I believe it would make a huge impact on everyone and would be a success to this university. Again, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to attend the workshop, I enjoyed every second of it!
… One of the things that got to me the most was the emotion and realism that was felt in the room when people told their stories. These stories really are what makes this training worthwhile because you can see what other people go through and it makes you feel less lonely and helps you bond with others despite their background, race, color, etc.
I definitely feel like I would have liked to have something like this on my freshman orientation because it shows the caring side of the university.
… discrimination can have a huge impact on a person, and I saw from the training that no matter how old you get or how many years have passed since that incident, it will always hurt.
UHD is the most diverse school I’ve ever been to, so I think it would be a great idea for the diversity training to be implemented into the freshman week. I think it builds connections with others and it teaches you about how important diversity is. How important it is to respect everyone, regardless of their race, sex, gender, beliefs, sexual orientation, etc. I wasn’t expecting the training to be interactive, but I’m so glad it was.
… For most of my life, I believed that everyone who did not look like me could not love or support me genuinely. It wasn’t until about seven years again, when I met one of my best friends. She is a white female, single mother of three children, and a future educator. She is truly an amazing person! She opened my eyes to a world of unity and equality.
The workshop was an opportunity for me to further explore the emotions associated with our friendship and the things that she and I have learned and shared with each other in regards to viewing the world from a “colorful” perspective.
Join us for an NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop. It will change the way you experience the world around you, and you will gain a new and deeper appreciation for our UHD diversity of which we are so proud.