|Submission Date||Aug. 19, 2011|
PAE-T2-3: Student Training Opportunities
Dean for Students
Pace University Pleasantville
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all students?:
A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:
Both Offices of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)provides workshops for various UNV 101 sections. OMA utilizes Say It Loud, a short film developed and produced by OMA. The film discusses issues of race, homophobia and privilege and is used as a spring board to quickly delve into meaningful discussion in a small window of time (1 ½ to 2 hours). Other trainings are planned for students through requests from student organizations and other departments.
OMA is often invited to facilitate trainings for the Physician Assistant Program, Orientation Leaders Training, and Resident Advisor Training. These trainings are often centered on the Intergroup Dialogue Model of diversity training, and are facilitated by Melanie Robles, Assistant Director OMA/NYC. The trainings often run from a half day to 2 full days. The trainings are comprised of activities structured to facilitate and guide students into open and honest discussions regarding issues of diversity and their personal experiences revolving around their social identities. The activities are adapted by the model developed by the University of Michigan’s, Office of Intergroup Relations. The IGD model is meant to be an 8 week commitment, but the trainings offered by OMA are made to fit the model within a shorter amount of time. The goals for the IGD are to move students through a 2 to 3 of four-stage process, which are as follows:
(1) Forming and Building Relationships
(2) Exploring Differences and Commonalities of Experience
(3) Exploring and Dialoguing About “Hot” Topics
(4) Action Planning and Alliance Building
Safe Zone Training is offered to all students to better understand the various aspects of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) communities. In addition to becoming more aware of identities, information, and definitions, Safe Zone Training also prepares students to become helpful allies to students who may self-identify as LGBTQ as well as those students struggling with sexual identity.
The website URL where information about the trainings and activities are available:
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