The mission of the Udiversity Educational Institute is to work collaboratively with all constituency groups to promote a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion. The Institute's commitment to social justice enhances the values of Binghamton University by fostering understanding and community through a broad array of programs and initiatives designed to enhance our academic, residential, and work environments.
Cultural Competency/Civility Workshops
Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I
This workshop is designed to increase awareness of cultural difference and appreciation while highlighting ways in which we increase our professionalism by becoming culturally competent. The workshop features several activities, video presentation, in-depth discussions that make for a thought-provoking and engaging experience. More than 90% of all past participants surveyed agree that all university professionals should experience this workshop! This presentation encourages change in biased and/or isolating behavior in our work spaces and classrooms. Its guaranteed to change the way you think about inclusiveness. This presentation is offered exclusively by DEI.
Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase II
Expanding upon the concepts from Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Part I, Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Part II will provide participants with tools that allow for a deeper reflection about our own personal socialization within institutions that impact our experiences and worldview. Explore the impact of privilege and oppression on how we interact with others, how we can create avenues of access and/or create barriers. In addition further develop mechanisms for individuals to become change agents which can shift attitudes about diversity, equity and inclusion. This presentation is offered exclusively by DEI.
Search Committee Training
Search committee chairs and members are encouraged to attend this workshop to gain an understanding of each phase of the search process, forms and all phases of candidate selection, various types of interviews and questions. We review policy and procedures of the search process and DEI's role at each stage of the process. Faculty and staff serving on multiple committees are strongly encouraged to attend. This presentation is offered exclusively by DEI.
Inclusive Recruitment: Addressing Unconscious Bias in Searches
This presentation provides a legal framework for understanding Affirmative Action policies and practices in the hiring process. The presentation also features, a video presentation on statistics on recruitment in higher education, in-depth discussions about unconscious bias in the hiring process, fundamental about the overall search process and characteristics of a good search committee. This presentation is offered exclusively by DEI.
Do I Belong Here?: Building and Sustaining Inclusive Communities for Faculty and Staff
This presentation focuses on minimizing incivility in the workspace and creating an environment that fosters communal relations among faculty and staff. According to an article in Forbes Magazine (2014), organizations with happy employees are more productive than organizations where employees are not happy. We believe faculty and staff environments where employees are treated fairly and respect is evident are more likely to produce more and serve constituents better than offices where incivility and isolation are evident. This presentation encourages work environments where employees understand how to communicate with all personnel on staff and how to see themselves as a part of a larger organization. This presentation is offered exclusively by DEI.
Inclusive Pedagogy: Are you reaching AND teaching ALL Students? A Workshop for Faculty
Is there a way to teach ALL students and still teach EVERY student? DEI, will engage you with concepts and activities that connect cultural inclusion and pedagogy in your course development. Topics include identifying cultural assumptions about learning, applying best practices to your teaching, and facilitating reflection to ensure equitable academic access for all of our students. Special attention to review of the course syllabus. This presentation is offered exclusively by DEI.
Inclusive Pedagogy: A Workshop for Faculty
Racial Justice Train-the-Trainer
Why focus on race? This presentation will provide tools that allow for a deeper reflection on the impact of racism, power, privilege, oppression, our personal socialization, institutional and systemic experiences and how they impact our worldview. This session provides participants with mechanisms to become change agents who can positively shift practices or policies about diversity, equity and inclusion.
What it Means to be an Ally
This presentation will provide participants with ways to increase their knowledge on being an ally, how to become an ally, and its relationship with supporting social justice and coalition building. In addition, learn how to navigate and change interpersonal and institutional cultural barriers in order to ensure equity across all social identities.
Generations in the Workplace: The New Face of Campus Diversity
In collaboration with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Office of Human Resources (HR) this workshop examines intergenerational workplace dynamics. Participants explore diverse demographical trends within the campus workforce, learn how to strengthen communication skills, and improve work relations.
Standing Up and Standing Out: A Self-Esteem Workshop (students only)
This presentation will allow participants to examine their own self-esteem, conduct an assessment of personal strengths and my weaknesses, and an examination of peer social circles and their impact on personal perception of self and one's approach to leadership.
What kind of Leader are you? (students only)
This workshop is based on a Myers-Briggs Model that examines leadership styles, our perception of each style and how to work more effectively regardless of what style others adopt. Program geared towards students in leadership positions or who aspire to be leaders of various student organizations.
Signaling with Signs: Examining the Impact of Symbolism in Speech (students only)
Free speech vs. hate speech was the most widely discussed topic across American college campuses in 2017. This presentation examines what our students know about signs they see, their symbolism, how they impact us and new perspectives for dealing with opposing viewpoints.
Greek Life Education "Community Building/Hazing Prevention" (Students only)
This presentation utilizes Myers-Briggs Model to assist participants with identifying the effects of hazing, assets and liabilities within their organization and opportunities for collaborative programming among student organizations.
In addition to the trainings and workshops DEI provides, we also conduct the following annual initiatives:
Racial Justice Deliberations
This program is based on the Kettering Foundation and National Issues Forum (NIF) deliberation model and provides participants with tools to dialogue and develop actionable approaches on complex societal challenges. Done in partnership with the Dean of Students Office, Residential Life at Binghamton University and SUNY Broome Community College's President's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, it provides a space for campus and community members to discuss complex issues that can lead to positive changes for the institution. The deliberation focuses on potential approaches, and their drawbacks, payoffs and, tradeoffs as it relates to racial justice. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to participate.
Teaching Online Certification Program module on inclusion (in conjunction with Center
for Learning and Teaching)
This program is designed for faculty and instructors of online courses. Participants are provided with best practices to create inclusive classrooms and enhance academic excellence for our diverse student body. It explores current research and practices regarding online learning, as well as related instructional design concepts and technologies. Topics include student motivation and metacognition, navigating cultural barriers in the classroom, and creating an inclusive syllabus.
Ask Big Questions
This initiative utilizes the dialogue model developed by Ask Big Questions. It emphasizes the use of seven "Big Questions" that anyone can answer to guide conversations toward understanding, connecting and respecting different viewpoints to facilitate world change. This program is offered in collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement and the Office of Student Conduct.
In collaboration with the Broome-Tioga NAACP and Broome-Tioga Workforce NY, this professional development series for community residents provides information on available jobs, training opportunities, and other career preparation resources available in Broome County, NY.
Forums for Faculty and Staff
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Real Talk: Brown Bag Lunch Series for Faculty and Staff
This program is designed to create a conversation space for faculty and staff to process and/or reflect on interactions across campus, local, state, national, and global community issues. Participants bring their own lunch and share communication strategies and identify innovative and inclusive practices that enhance our campus community.
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