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Trainings and Workshops

Empower Hours

Have a busy schedule but want to learn more about social justice & identity? Join us for Empower Hour!

Empower Hour workshops equip participants with an immediately actionable skill set or ability related to a particular social justice or identity-based issue. Each workshop is approximately 50 minutes, hyper-focused, and involves engaging, hands-on opportunities to practice key tools and feel empowered to advocate for sustainable social change.

Previous workshops have included such topics as tokenization, reproductive justice, and decolonizing academia. Future topics will be posted closer to the start of the Fall semester.

Workshops on Identity

Answer the question “Who Am I?” by exploring social group membership and social identity theory.

Key concepts: identity, social identity

Identify areas of growth in learning how to talk about diversity and inclusion, and practice tools of inclusive language.

Key concepts: linguistic insecurity, reflective language

Learn to recognize and respond to “subtle, stunning, often automatic verbal and non-verbal exchanges which are ‘put-downs'” of marginalized identity groups (Pierce, 1978).

Key concepts: intent vs impact, microaggressions

Analyze the impact of intersecting social identities based on the work of Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989).

Key concepts: intersectionality, multiplicity

Critically reflect on our societal understanding of ability/disability and brainstorm ways to build a more accessible world for all.

Key concepts: accessibility, human rights model

Engage in dialogue about the impact of stereotypes and prejudices on the individual and collective experience.

Key concepts: prejudice, assumption, stereotype threat

Connect the concepts of perception and difference to our current understandings of diversity, inclusion, and culture.

Key concepts: perspective-taking

Loosely based on Brene Brown’s vulnerability framework, critically reflect on notions of vulnerability, authenticity, and community as they relate to identity and difference.

Key concepts: vulnerability, connection

Workshops on Social Justice

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Key concepts: positionality, privilege

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Key concepts: bias

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Key concepts: oppression, -isms

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Workshops on Multicultural Leadership

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For questions or concerns, please contact Melody Pabon at melody.m.pabon@vanderbilt.edu .

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