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Signature Trainings

Through 2-hour interactive sessions, the IICC Signature Trainings take participants on a journey of self-exploration, reflection, and dialogue focused on diversity and inclusion. Participants cultivate a deeper understanding of challenges such as the complex nature of identity, intercultural communication, and social justice allyship. Participants commit to sustained growth and learning in order to continue building communities of compassion and connectedness at Vanderbilt and beyond.

Additionally, IICC Customized Trainings are available to student organizations, campus partners, and other members of the Vanderbilt community by request. IICC staff members work with requestors to develop a training session mutually designed to meet the needs of ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts at Vanderbilt. Click here to submit a custom training request form.

Training 1.0: Exploring Cultural Competency

This session purposefully focuses on everyday human interactions across similar and different identities, privileges, cultures, and experiences. Through intentional dialogue and engaging activities, participants develop a shared vocabulary for intercultural communication and start the critical work of reflecting on identity. The session enables participants to recognize their existing strengths, individually and collectively, and to transform the spaces in which we live, work, and learn into more welcoming spaces for all.

Key concepts: cultural competence, microaggressions, inclusive language

September 13, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     3:00pm-5:00pm
October 13, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     10:00 am – 12:00pm
October 24, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     2:00pm – 4:00pm

January 17, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     10:00am-12:00pm
January 30, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327      |     3:00pm-5:00pm
February 27, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327      |     3:00pm-5:00pm

Register here for Training 1.0.

Training 2.0: Exploring Self in Society

This session dives deeper into the influences and implications of social identity group membership on an individual and societal level. Participants examine their own identities in relation to systems of power and privilege as well as the present-day impact of cultural and social phenomena in the context of identity. Through critical analysis, participants deepen their understanding of these systems and their individual role in working towards a more diverse and equitable society.

Key concepts: power and privilege, socialization, -isms

September 25, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     5:00pm-7:00pm
November 28, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327    |     10:00am-12:00pm

January 22, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327    |     3:00pm-5:00pm
March 22, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327    |     3:00pm-5:00pm

Register here for Training 2.0

Training 3.0: Exploring Inclusive Leadership

This session leads participants through a critical analysis of existing problems of inequity and exclusion related to differences of identity. Participants reflect on their current leadership practices and engage in dialogue about how to proactively leverage their power and privilege to create a culture of universal belonging. The session energizes participants to work towards more holistic allyship and to confront behaviors that contradict Vanderbilt’s devotion to a diverse and welcoming learning environment for all.

Key concepts: inclusion, allyship, community

October 18, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     3:00pm-5:00pm
November 15, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     3:00pm-5:00pm

February 12, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     10:00am-12:00pm
March 13, 2018 |    Sarratt 325/327      |     3:00pm-5:00pm

Register here for Training 3.0

Specialty Training: Navigating Difficult Conversations

This session promotes awareness of self, group dynamics, and broader societal contexts when engaging in difficult conversations about issues related to diversity and inclusion. Participants share their concerns and challenges in having these conversations, strengthen their intercultural and interpersonal communication skills, and solidify their commitment to embracing difference in all forms. As a result, participants discover opportunities for additional learning and continued self-education towards increased cultural competency.

Key concepts: self-awareness, intent and impact, connecting across difference

September 21, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     10:00am-12:00pm
November 9, 2017 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     5:00pm-7:00pm

February 21, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     5:00pm-7:00pm
March 28, 2018 |     Sarratt 325/327     |     10:00am-12:00pm

Register here for the Specialty Training.

Questions? Please contact Kristen Lemaster