Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Education

Workshops and Trainings

Earlier sessions

Spring 2021 PLOs:


Name: Difficult Conversations: “Fences” Discussion
Date: March 16, 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Virtual
Collaborative Partner(s): El Barrio
Description: Join ODIEE and others in a discussion on film "Fences" and its connections to race, socioeconomic status and dreams. Open to those that were unable to watch the film but would like to participate in discussion!
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Name: Experiential Implicit Bias in the Workplace
Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Virtual
Collaborative Partner(s): Nazareth Human Resources & The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Western New York (NAAAHR WNY) Chapter
Description: Through experiential learning participants will begin to explore how unconscious bias (which is a natural part of the human experience) influences their decision-making within the workplace. After the workshop, participants will be better able to: 1) Be exposed to the concept of unconscious bias as a normal part of the human experience; 2) Explore how their own interpretations of information may be impacted by their unconscious biases; 3) Discover ways that they can approach and reduce the impact of their own implicit biases.
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Name: Restorative Justice is Racial Justice
Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Virtual
Description: Restorative Justice focuses on building, maintaining and, when necessary, repairing relationships among all members of a community. Racial Justice focuses on the commitment to rewriting the false narrative that compromises the ability for one to thrive and flourish in the intersections of all aspects of their identity, particularly centering race. This session will suggest a convergence of the two movements as a vehicle for healing by presenting an overview of the concepts and concluding with strategies to move toward a racially-conscious restorative community.
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Name: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and BELONGING
Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Virtual
Collaborative Partner(s): Nazareth Human Resources & The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Western New York (NAAAHR WNY) Chapter
Description: Workplace diversity is important, but without equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), your organization will not maximize the benefits that diversity brings. In this workshop, participants will learn the visual model of the intersectionality of DEIB and 1) understand the terms and 2) understand the importance of belonging within that context. After the workshop, participants will be better able to: A) Be able to identify and define the differences between Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging; B) Increase their understanding of the Dimensions of Humanity (the Five Layers of Diversity) and their intersectionality; C) Understand how they contribute to creating a culture of belonging in the workplace.
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 Additional Programs

The Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Education can facilitate professional learning opportunities for your constituents (students, faculty, staff) with prior notification (at least three weeks notice).

To request one: Complete the Professional Learning Opportunities request form.

Additionally, we can facilitate workshops based on the following topics:

Sexuality & Gender Identity Education

The office does not provide Safe Zone training but instead offers a series of capacity building educational opportunities that raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community.

Identity & Intersectionality

This workshop is about exploring and understanding different aspects of identity and intersectionality. Participants will engage in intentional exercises that will get them to reflect upon the influences of socialization upon their own identity, as well as apply their knowledge to their engaged work in the communities in which they serve and belong. 

Identity Erasure & Programming

Identity Erasure involves ways different oppressed histories of marginalized identities are denied, or re-explained, or glossed over in their history or literature curriculums. This workshop will explore how identity erasure can, and often does, infiltrate the curricular and co-curricular atmosphere of colleges/universities—sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly.


Professor of Colombia University Derald Wing Sue puts it, “Micro-Aggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward the other”.  This workshop will explore how these brief and everyday slights, insults, indignities, and denigrating messages are sent to people by well-intentioned people who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated. 

Micro-Resistance & Micro-Affirmations

Micro-resistance and micro-affirmations are incremental daily efforts to challenge privilege that often help target groups cope with microaggressions. This workshop will explore how these concepts can serve as a mean as survival and challenge the culture that allows microaggressions to thrive. 

Implicit Bias Workshop

Brings to light the unconscious stereotypes we all have towards people others and how to educate ourselves on changing our thought process to being more accepting and inclusive. This workshop can also be utilized during faculty/staff search processes.

Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable

In social justice circles, calling in refers to “the act of checking your peers and getting them to change problematic behavior by explaining their misstep with compassion and patience.” Calling out is a more familiar—and, perhaps, more popular and easier—way of addressing socially problematic language and behavior. This workshop will explore the impact of both concepts when navigating difficult conversations.