Real Talk Diversity Series 2019-20

Accessibility

We welcome accommodations requests. Please contact the director for diversity education at (269) 387-6324 or lindsey.palar@wmich.edu, if accommodations are needed to make the event accessible for you or your guests.

Event formats

  • Workshop (Level of participation: high)
    • Participants can expect to engage in experiential learning and practice new concepts collaboratively with other participants.
  • Dialogue (Level of participation: medium)
    • Participants can expect to share their thoughts and experiences in discussion with small and large groups.
  • Panel (Level of participation: low)
    • Participants can expect to learn by listening to panelists share their experiences, with opportunities to ask questions of the panelists.

Events

Inclusive careers: LGBTQ identity and gender expression during the job search process (Panel)

This workshop will explore the needs of LGBTQ+ students entering the workforce. A panel including employers and LGBTQ advocates will serve as an opportunity for students to learn about the job search process as an LGBTQ+ person from employers who advocate to make the workplace a safe environment for all. Employers will discuss personal stories, organizational experiences, and inclusive policies and practices. Other topics will include: searching for LGBTQ+ friendly employers, resume and LGBTQ+ identity disclosure, interview and LGBTQ+ Identity Disclosure, and assessing Cultural Fit (in and outside of the workplace).

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building. 

Appropriation vs. appreciation: Why it matters (Dialogue)

This dialogue, hosted by ODI Diversity Education, the Division of Multicultural Affairs, and student organization collaborators, will be centered upon the topic of cultural appropriation and how it is distinguished from cultural appreciation. 

  • Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building. 

RaceTalk Workshop (WOrkshop)

This event includes a panel comprised of individuals who will share their narratives of racial socialization, as well as instruction by Dawnielle Simmons, founder of Racial Literacy Advocates (https://www.rladvocates.com/), M.Ed, and PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology at WMU. Additionally, a workshop component is included, in which participants will discuss concepts in small groups and begin to develop their own narratives. No prior experience is necessary, but participants are asked to come prepared to participate fully and in accordance with community guidelines provided.

  • Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Space is limited. Please contact Lindsey Palar at (269) 387-6324 or lindsey.palar@wmich.edu to register for this workshop.

IDENTITY, PRIVILEGE, AND POWER WORKSHOP (WORKSHOP)

This participatory workshop provides a critical foundation for the campus community to engage in learning and dialogue around the ways in which our individual identities are positioned within broader social systems and structures. Operating from the reality that, “[…] all people are both located in systems and also uniquely individual (National SEED Project), the Diversity Education team and its collaborators present information from a privilege and power perspective on becoming a more inclusive member of the campus community. This workshop incorporates several learning styles and opportunities for engagement including direct instruction, participatory activities, individual reflection, and small group discussion.

  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Inclusive careers: The Colors of Leadership (Panel)

This workshop will explore resources for students of color entering the workforce. An employer panel will serve as an opportunity for students to learn about the job search process as a person of color. Employers will discuss personal stories, organizational experiences, and inclusive policies and practices. Other topics will include: assessing Cultural Fit (in and outside of the workplace), bringing your authentic self into the workplace, building a professional network, and mentorship. 

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

BODY DIVERSITY (DIALOGUE)

This participatory dialogue will feature the critical topic of body diversity, which centers the historically marginalized, and is distinguished from 'body positivity'. As described by Evette Dionne, "Body positivity used to be a means of celebrating bodies that have been maligned, but now excludes the very people who built momentum for the movement."

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Untold civil rights stories (Dialogue)

This dialogue will be centered on civil rights activists (and groups of activists) who are tradtionally not centered in historical accounts or popular culture. Join us to learn and share your knowledge about individuals who have contributed greatly to our history!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Equity: What does it look like? (DIalogue)

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and campus partners in engaging in a critical and challenging dialogue around the topic of equity. Dialogue participants are encouarged to think creatively and inclusively and to share what equity looks like when implemented in meaningful ways.

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.