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Training around issues of diversity and inclusion offered to Vanderbilt community

by Jan. 20, 2017, 3:52 PM

diversity-and-inclusion-graphicThe university’s Office of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence is offering a series of training sessions for faculty, staff, and graduate, professional and undergraduate students around issues of diversity and inclusion. The courses are designed to provide a foundational level of cultural-competence knowledge, practical tools for creating more inclusive environments, and help members of the Vanderbilt community facilitate difficult conversations about differences.

IICC began offering the training in the fall, and last semester trained nearly 600 Vanderbilt community members through its series and custom presentations.

The spring semester training courses are:


Awareness: Developing Cultural Competence 1.0

Designed to provide a foundational level of cultural competence knowledge, this training will take participants, with the help of facilitators, on a journey of self-exploration through interactive activities that explore identity, culture, privilege and more, and discuss how to leverage these unique aspects of self toward the creation of a more inclusive campus and world.

The session is offered twice a month to accommodate different schedules. Space is limited; RSVP through the form below.

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Sarratt 216/220, 10 a.m.–noon
Thursday, Jan. 26: Sarratt 216/220, 2–4 p.m.


Action: Developing Cultural Competence 2.0

Building on the foundation established in Developing Cultural Competence 1.0, this training dives deeper into critical analysis of the issues that inform cultural competence and diversity and provides practical tools to create more inclusive environments, continue the work of self-exploration and identity development, and become an ally.

The session is offered twice a month to accommodate different schedules. Space is limited; RSVP through the form below.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Sarratt 216/220, 10 a.m.–noon
Friday, Feb. 24: Sarratt 216/220, 1–3 p.m.


Facilitating Difficult Conversations and Recovering from Mistakes

This training takes an in-depth look at the importance of facilitating difficult conversations to promote awareness of difference, minimize the occurrence of micro- and macro-aggressions, and appreciate diversity in all its forms. The training also explores the equally critical work of recovering from the mistakes and bumps that inevitably occur on the road to greater competence and inclusivity.

The session is offered twice a month to accommodate different schedules. Space is limited; RSVP through the form below.

Monday, March 20: Sarratt 216/220, 9–11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 21: Sarratt 216/220, 1–3 p.m.

For more information: Emily Hickey, IICC program coordinator, (615) 322-1333

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