Office of Equity & Inclusion

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The Office of Equity & Inclusion offers several training opportunities. For any questions concerning training, contact the Chief Diversity Office at CDO@suu.edu.

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  • Safe Zone Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

Session Time: 1 hour

The purpose of this training is to discuss common sources of conflict and the varying levels of tension they create. We will explore common fears that prevent us from addressing those sources of conflict and introduce conflict management strategies to help navigate situations of conflict. Participants will also take part in a role-playing scenario that presents multiple types of conflict and asks them to practice working through the steps of the conflict management process.

Session Time: 120 minutes

The purpose of this training is to discuss common sources of conflict and the varying levels of tension they create. We will explore common fears that prevent us from addressing those sources of conflict and introduce conflict management strategies to help navigate situations of conflict. Participants will also take part in a role-playing scenario that presents multiple types of conflict and asks them to practice working through the steps of the conflict management process.

Session Time: 120 minutes

About the Model

A training model is a foundational tool used to allow participants to undergo a comprehensive internal process to explore cultural values, beliefs, assumptions, stereotypes, equity/inequity, and systems of oppression.

This is a progressive learning module that increases in complexity as students move through each step. The training model progresses from awareness to understanding (knowledge) to skill-building, increasing the depth at which learners are asked to do an internal self-examination and to engage with others.

Awareness – what don't I know?

Knowledge – what are the actual facts?

Skill – what have I learned and what am I able to do?

While the model asks learners to take risks and creates discomfort, it also guides learners through the process of interrogating where that discomfort comes from and why acknowledging and talking through it is both educational and empowering.

It is important to note that such in-depth and personal explorations can lead to a myriad of responses (and behaviors) from participants. It is imperative that training facilitators take this into consideration and prepare for a wide range of emotions and/or responses.

Cultural Competency 8-STEP Training Model Abstracts

Step 1: Defining Diversity & Exploring Identity Development
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to introduce the many aspects of diversity and the process by which identity develops. We will explore the process of socialization in order to understand the ways our values and thus our behaviors are shaped by our interaction with the world around us. We will analyze one specific aspect of diversity and discuss how we are socialized to understand and respond to that aspect, thereby exploring how we develop an understanding of ourselves in relation to others.

Step 2: Deepening Our Self-Awareness
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to deepen the understanding of identity and how a sense of self is shaped. We will explore the social identity groups we identify as members of, what it means to us to be members of these groups, and how our membership in these groups impacts our lives. We will also analyze our understandings of what it means to be outside of the groups we identify with and how we think it impacts others to not be part of our identity groups. Finally, we will discuss how our understanding of self in relation to others is shaped by assumptions and impacts our communication with others.

Step 3: Unpacking Your Cultural Baggage
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to discuss the impact bias, stereotypes and prejudice can have on people. We will spend time exploring how our own cultural views create assumptions that impact the way we see and respond to others and how this can raise unnecessary hurdles in our cross-cultural communication with others. We will also share strategies for responding to situations where stereotypes are used.

Step 4: Exploring ISMs
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to discuss some of the most common ISMs and the relationship between those systems of oppression and the assumptions people make about others. We will explore some of our individual assumptions and connect those to messages within our culture. We will also spend time exploring the way ISMs function institutionally and as overlapping systems of oppression.

Step 5: Power and Privilege
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to look at the ways in which one is privileged in society. The workshop is designed to introduce the concepts of power and privilege and how they impact relationships with others. This training also touches on the complex web of privilege and the interconnectedness of all types of privilege, as well as systemic sources of privilege and how and why they are difficult to identify in society.

Step 6: Privilege Revisited, Connecting It All
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to delve deeper into participants' responses to the exploration of power and privilege by looking closely at the underlying reasons for those responses. We will also spend time looking back at Steps 1-5 to connect our understanding of diversity, the process of identity development, the process of socialization, the impact of bias and stereotypes on relationships with others, the types of oppression and the way they function institutionally, as well as the ways all of these constructs work to create power and privilege.

Step 7: Being an Ally
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to explore the meaning and importance of being an ally. The workshop will help participants understand how we use can use any privilege we do hold, within our spheres of influence, to advocate for others. We will explore the various stages of allyship development and participants will identify where they are at on their own personal journey of being an ally. We will also discuss the importance of self-care so as to avoid and/or address allyship burnout.

Step 8: Building Your Toolbox
Session Time: 120 minutes

Abstract: The purpose of this training is to pull together concepts from all previous steps to provide participants with a toolbox of tips, techniques, ideas, and critical insights so that they can incorporate inclusive and socially just practices into their everyday lives through a lens of intersectionality. We will discuss tools for active allyship as well as reiterate the importance of self and social awareness. Participants will understand that cultural competency is a never-ending journey requiring continuous learning and a commitment to strengthening their allyship.