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Multicultural Competence in Higher Education Trainings

For Faculty and Staff

Multicultural Competence in Higher Education:

A diversity and inclusion workshop series for SMU faculty and staff

The Multicultural Competence in Higher Education trainings are designed to equip professionals in higher education with the necessary knowledge, awareness and skills to engage topics of diversity in an ever changing college environment and increasingly globalized society. Interwoven into the curriculum are interactive case studies and video prompts in addition to small and large group discussion prompts. Theoretical frameworks of the modules include Young’s Five Faces of Oppression, the Jackson-Hardiman Social Identity Development Model, the Jackson-Hardiman Multicultural Organizational Development Model and the Watt Privileged Identity Exploration (PIE) Model. The Multicultural Competence in Higher Education workshops are divided into three modules available throughout the academic year.

Module One – Awareness of Self and Others

Module one’s objective is to increase participant self-awareness around personal identity development as well as increase the understanding and appreciation for the identity expression of others. Self-awareness entails the understanding of our own identities, cultures, biases and perspective. Similarly, appreciating and valuing the identities, cultures, biases and perspectives of others aids in the creation of a more inclusive campus environment. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will identify their own privileged and marginalized identities.
  • Participants will describe ways in which their personal identities impact their experience at SMU and in greater society.
  • Participants will discuss unconscious bias and the consequences of bias going unchecked.
  • Participants will relate issues of identity development, unconscious bias to their ability to impact the working environment for colleagues and the learning environment for students.

Module Two – Engaged Partnerships

Module two provides strategies to create partnerships in which every member (active or inactive) is able to communicate and work effectively together with respect to diversity and inclusivity. Effective engaged partnerships understand the greater socio-political and historical context and systems of inequalities present in society and the ways in which they impact the nature of our work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will understand various social justice concepts on interpersonal, cultural, institutional and structural levels.
  • Participants will understand the impact of systematic inequalities on the opportunities and privilege associated with identity groups.
  • Participants will discuss various stages of social identity development and discover ways to interact with colleagues and students in varying stages.
  • Participants will define allyship, advocacy and activism.

Module Three – Transformative Environments

Module three offers participants tools to develop inclusive work and learning environments. This includes the ability to identify and address inequities while choosing appropriate interventions that will contribute to the development of policies and practices that support diversity, inclusion and equity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will develop facilitation skills for conversations around diversity and inclusion.
  • Participants will develop strategies for implementing equitable and inclusive policies and practices.
  • Participants will apply concepts of multicultural organizational development to their departments, divisions and/or the greater SMU community.
  • Participants will develop action plans for the continued development of inclusive environment and their work and learning spaces.