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Muliticultural Lounge Under Construction

IICC’s Multicultural Lounge is currently under construction.  Join us on September 19th, 2017, at 1pm in the newly renovated lounge (Sarratt 335) for the Grand Opening!

  • Spring 2017

    Hidden Figures with the Women’s Center

    Those People: Counter-Narratives Around Poverty and Class

    Please join the next Talk About it Thursday on February 16th.

    Those People: Counter-Narratives Around Poverty and Class (12:00pm-1:00pm on February 16th, 2017 at Sarratt 216/220): Pathology and deficit models are often used to describe the experiences of poor and near poor people. These paradigms do not reflect the complex, nuanced lives and experiences of economically marginalized people. The session will consider: prevailing research on the attitudes and behavior of poor and near poor people; non-traditional themes about their trials and triumphs; and, ways in which such persons have been shown to be adaptive and resilient. Central to the discussion are possible mechanism to combat poverty and build relationships across class divides.  Facilitated by Dr. Sandra Barnes, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

    And here is a link to our webpage for Talk About it Thursday: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/iicc/resources/for-staff/talk-about-it-thursdays/

    IICC Community & Comfort Food Space

    On Friday, January 20th, the Office of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence held its second Community and Comfort Food space. We provided breakfast, lunch and dinner for 250+ students and throughout the day we watched movies, gave out raffle prizes, and had a quiet space for those who needed to reflect, rest, or meditate.

    Community & Comfort Food

    Event: Community & Comfort Food

    Location: Sarratt 337 & 331

    Date: January 20th, 2017

    Time: 10:00am-7:00pm

    All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the IICC in the Multicultural Lounge in Sarratt 337 on Friday, January 20th, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for Community & Comfort Food.  We will also be providing a quiet space in Sarratt 331 for those who need it.  Food will be provided throughout the day, and you are welcome to come and go as your schedule allows.  There will also be fun prizes raffled on the hour.  The space is open to all who come in peace.

    Building Inclusive Communities: Safe Spaces

    IICC will be having its monthly Talk About It Thursday’s professional development session on Thursday January 19th in Sarratt 216/220 from 12-1:30pm. The session is entitled “Building Inclusive Communities: Safe Spaces” and will take a look at how the recent conversations surrounding universities declaring themselves to be “safe spaces” for groups of people that have been historically and currently marginalized has been shaped through the media perception of these ideas. This session will also seek to offer individuals with the necessary tools for creating inclusive spaces for students. For more information, please contact Gregory Fontus at gregory.fontus@vanderbilt.edu.

    Supporting DACAmented and Undocumented Students

    IICC will be having its monthly Talk About It Thursday’s professional development session on Thursday January 12th in Sarratt 216/220 from 12-1:30pm. The session is entitled “Supporting DACAmented and Undocumented Students” and will be led by Ali Soltanshahi, Director for the International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS).  The purpose of this presentation is to offer an overview of some of the terminology, background, political and economic aspects of undocumented and/or DACA-eligible individuals. It will also provide individuals with the necessary tools needed to support our DACA and/or undocumented students on the Vanderbilt campus. For more information, please contact Gregory Fontus at gregory.fontus@vanderbilt.edu.

    New Assistant Director of IICC

    Greg Fontus has been appointed to the newly-created position of Assistant Director of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence (IICC), effective January 1, 2017. Since 2015, Greg has held the position of Program Coordinator within IICC. Prior to that (2012-2015), he served in the position of Area Coordinator within OHARE. Greg brings a wide range of experiences to his new position. Please be sure to wish him well in his new position.

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  • Fall 2016

    Cultural Appropriation: Homage or Insult?

    IICC will be having its monthly Talk About It Thursday Professional Development session on Thursday November 3rd in Sarratt 216/220 from 12-1:30pm. The session is entitled Cultural Appropriation: Homage or Insult?  and will be led by Greg Fontus, Program Coordinator in the IICC Office. With the growing diversity in America, someone picking up on the dialect, customs, and religious traditions of surrounding cultural groups can occur in an instant. This has often resulted in a debate surrounding the difference between cultural appropriation and the appreciation of a culture different from your own. This session will focus on developing an understanding of what cultural appropriation is in and how we can avoid behaviors that can be damaging to groups outside of our own.

    IICC Talk About It Thursday- LGBTQI+ Movement Post Marriage Equality: Where do we go from here?

    IICC will be having its monthly Talk About It Thursday Professional Development session on Thursday October 6th in Sarratt 216/220 from 12-1:30pm. The session is entitled “LGBTQI+ Movement Post Marriage Equality: Where Do We Go From Here? ” and will be led by Chris Purcell, Director of LGBTQI Life.

    The focus will be to discuss the state of the LGBTQI+ movement, post marriage equality nationally, in Tennessee, and at Vanderbilt. Participants will learn what we still have to do both here at Vanderbilt and beyond our walls to create true equity for individuals of all sexual and gender identities.

    IICC Strong Inside Reflection Video

    The IICC team reflects on the impact they hope first year reading Strong Inside will have on Vanderbilt’s campus. Find the five-minute video and more university reflection on the IICC website at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/iicc/resources/for-staff/strong-inside/

     

    IICC Signature Trainings

    Diversity and inclusion trainings open to all faculty, staff, and students. The three-training series will be offered in fall 2016 and again in spring 2017. We encourage everyone to take these trainings in the following order as each builds off of each other.

    1. Awareness: Developing Cultural Competence (Sept. 20/22)
    2. Action: Developing Cultural Competence (Oct. 26/27)
    3. Facilitating Difficult Conversations & Recovering from Mistakes (Nov. 14/15)

    Space is limited. Folks can RSVP for the trainings through the link below: www.vanderbilt.edu/iicc

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Emily Hickey.

  • Summer 2016

    Talk About it Thursdays

    Time: Each session takes place between 12:00pm-1:30pm on Thursdays

    Beginning the Conversation (February 4, 2016 at Sarratt 216/220):This session will focus on the importance of setting dialogue norms and expectations. Participants will also explore the barriers that prevent one from being able to engage in the conversation of diversity, inclusion, and equity and gain practical tools on how to begin to engage in a conversation about race, equity, and social justice.

    Session 1 Presentation
    Cycle of Socialization and Oppression
    Key Terms

    Cultural Competence and Higher Education (March 3, 2016 at Sarratt 216/220): This session will provide participants with an understanding of multiculturalism and cultural competence within the broad context of higher education. Participants will look at current trends, statistics, and events that make up the campus climates across the country in order to work more effectively with diverse populations.

    Session 2 Presentation
    Talk About It Thursdays- Hot Button Activity
    Room Considerations Sheet

    Allyship (April 7, 2016 at Alumni Hall 201): This session will focus on exploring how university faculty, staff, and administration can serve as allies for students. Participants will engage in a conversation about office culture, advising students, and hiring/selection practices.

    Session 3 Presentation
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    Edwards (2006)

    The Socialization of Words (May 5, 2016 at Sarratt 216/220): This session will focus on the history of words and phrases that have often been used and seen as hurtful. Participants will engage in an open conversation that is designed to increase an awareness and knowledge of inclusive language.

    Working Through Difference/Navigating Controversial issues (June 2, 2016 at Sarratt 216/220): This session will focus on engaging in difficult, current, societal, and institutional issues of racism. Using a current issue as a case study, participants will learn how to engage in controversial subjects and navigate both internal and intercultural conflict in a supportive, nonjudgmental, and inoffensive way.

    Diversity and Assessment (July 7, 2016 at Sarratt 216/220): This session will focus on assessment and evaluation through the lenses of self-awareness and inclusive practices. Participants will learn how to leverage their assessment tools to work towards more inclusive programs and services.

    Power/Privilege (August 4, 2016 at Alumni Hall 201): This session will focus on developing an understanding of power and privilege. Participants will focus on how one’s identity and the intersections therein perpetuate power and privilege within the context of both Vanderbilt and the world at large.

  • Spring 2016

    IICC DOS Talk About It Thursdays-Cultural Competence and Higher Education

    The next IICC DoS Talk About It Thursdays, Professional Development will be Thursday, March 3rd in Sarratt 216/220, 12pm – 1:30pm.  This is a bring your own lunch (byol) event, with beverages provided.

    Cultural Competence and Higher Education– March 3, 2016 (Sarratt 216/220) – Kehsi Iman Wilson (facilitator)

    Description: This session will provide participants with an understanding of multiculturalism and cultural competence within the broad context of higher education. Participants will look at current trends, statistics, and events that make up the campus climates across the country in order to work more effectively with diverse populations.

    The schedule for the series and previous session presentations can be found on the IICC site (www.vanderbilt.edu/iicc), under the resources for faculty & staff tab.

    Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence (IICC) New Program Coordinator

    The IICC welcomes Emily Hickey to our team.  Emily transitioned from her Program Coordinator position at the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center to the IICC on January 18th.  She brings great talent and expertise to the IICC.  Emily joined Vanderbilt in 2015 from The University of Toledo. She originates from Toledo, Ohio and has both a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a Master of Education in higher education administration from The University of Toledo.  Outside of work, Emily loves spending time building furniture, exploring Nashville with friends, and enjoying live music.  Her new home is in Sarratt 313, so feel free to stop by.

    “Talk About It Thursdays”

    The IICC “Talk About It Thursdays!” Professional Development Series is a monthly brown bag lunch professional development educational series that creates an opportunity for the Office of the Dean of Students to engage and explore strategic areas around diversity, inclusion, social justice, and cultural competence. This program will help staff leverage the impact of personal storytelling to develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of ways in which they can assist in creating a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable campus for all.

    Our first session: Beginning the Conversation will be Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12pm – 1:30pm in Sarratt 325/327.  This session will focus on the importance of setting dialogue norms and expectations. Participants will also explore the barriers that prevent one from being able to engage in the conversation of diversity, equity, and inclusion and gain practical tools on how to begin to engage in a conversation about race, equity, and social justice.

  • Fall 2015

    #DiverseDoresDay!

    Please join the Office of LGBTQI Life, International Student and Scholar Services, the Margaret E. Cuninggim Women’s Center, University Chaplain and Religious Life, Project Safe, the Black Cultural Center, and Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence in celebrating #DiverseDores Day! #DiverseDores Day is a social event to provide new and returning students a chance to learn more about how these offices serve and support Vanderbilt’s students, staff, and faculty. There will be food, activities, and free t-shirts for participants who visit each office and engage. Please join us in this fun and educational event! #DiverseDores Day will be held on September 9 from 4:00P to 7:00P. You’re welcome to start your journey in any of the offices listed as participants.

    IICC hires Greg Fontus as Program Coordinator

    Congratulations to Greg Fontus with his recent hire as a Program Coordinator for Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence (IICC), effective September 1, 2015.  Greg began working at Vanderbilt for the Office of Housing and Residential Education in June 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum. During his time at Vanderbilt, the Miami, FL native served as an Area Coordinator for the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons overseeing Hank Ingram, East, West, and Memorial Houses. Throughout his tenure here, Greg has received certifications from the National Coalition Building Institute as a diversity and social justice workshop facilitator (Fall 2012), was named the Dean of Students New Professional of the Year (2012-2013), attended the Social Justice Training Institute (Fall 2013), and was named the OHARE Staff Member of the Year (2014-2015). Some of Greg’s passions and include spiritual growth, sports, community activism, and inspiring youth.

  • Summer 2015

    Celebrate #DiverseDores Day

    Please join the Office of LGBTQI Life, International Student and Scholar Services, the Margaret E. Cuninggim Women’s Center, University Chaplain and Religious Life, Project Safe, the Black Cultural Center, and Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence in celebrating #DiverseDores Day! #DiverseDores Day is a social event to provide new and returning students a chance to learn more about how these offices serve and support Vanderbilt’s students, staff, and faculty. There will be food, activities, and free t-shirts for participants who visit each office and engage. Please join us in this fun and educational event! #DiverseDores Day will be held on September 9 from 4:00P to 7:00P. You’re welcome to start your journey in any of the offices listed as participants.

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