Trainings

Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) + LGBTQ Resources offer three trainings currently. Since our offices merged into one just on short year ago we are working behind the scenes to streamline our registration processes. In the mean time, our three training tracks all have separate registration processes. The three training tracks are:

  1. Beyond Diversity
  2. Creating Community
  3. Safe Zone
  4. UndocAlly 

Please keep in mind that we provide resources and trainings to the entire campus. All workshop request must be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the proposed date.

Creating Community:

Creating Community is an experiential training model that works particularly well with the identity development of high school students, first-year college students and international students. Beginning with 3 ground rules that hold the learning community accountable to a deep level of sharing, the model explores a few safe intra-personal identities and categories then moves to a concentric circle exercise. This exercise asks a series of questions related to how we are accommodated or may have been asked to assimilate to dominant culture based on our names, languages spoken, and eldership as examples. Facilitators process and name some of the systemic patterns that emerge in the room

Beyond Diversity:

Beyond Diversity is an intensive experiential training model that expands beyond surface level diversity teaching. It is designed to work with upper-level course-work and pairs well with curriculum that address individual to systemic level power, privilege, and oppression. The model begins with a personal identity profile (PIP), then progress to a series of critical questions that get to systemic challenges. Key social justice theoretical frame-works are addressed in this workshop; including: Micro-aggressions, Intersectionality, implicit bias, Institutional social construction, etc. The aim is to help participants navigate from individual action to understanding systemic barriers that infringe on day-to-day interactions.

In addition to the above trainings we are able to offer trainings on the following:

  • Gender identity
  • Everyday micro-aggressions
  • Inclusive programming
  • Race, gender, sexuality—intersectionality of

Safe Zone:

Safe Zone training can be done in two ways at this point; either in a full-day format where we incorporate most of all three modules, or in three individual 3-hour module sessions. At this point, while we recommend folks take ALL of the trainings or do the full day, we only require two modules to obtain a Safe Zone Ally Card/Button to display at your office/desk or to clip to your bag. Below are the objectives/learning outcomes for each module:

  • Awareness Module (recommended to take FIRST) The goals and outcomes from this training module include being able to describe LGBTQ+ identities, identify stereotypes around LGBTQ+ identities and be able to apply intersectionality to you own identities
  • Gender Module (recommended to take SECOND) The goals and outcomes from this training module include discovering & discussing the fluidity & diversity of the identities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Pansexual, Trans/Transgender, Genderqueer/Gender Nonconforming, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Heterosexual, & Cisgender people. We will explore and provide examples of the way intersectional identities have been forgotten in LGBTQ+ identities, and develop an understanding of the complex relationship of sex, gender identity, gender expression, & sexual orientation as relating to a person’s identity
  • Ally Skills Building Module (recommended to take THIRD) The goals and outcomes from this training module include outlining  qualities of good allies, giving examples of systemic & interpersonal inequity/discrimination as well as, practicing ally skills through role play

Click here to set up a training and check out the schedule of upcoming training sessions.

UndocuAlly:

The purpose of UndocuAlly is for participants to leave with an understanding of the history of our undocumented community, the legislation (past and present) about immigration, as well as the current realities and potential futures our undocumented community is fighting through. Through these trainings, we hope to create more inclusive and supportive environments for undocumented immigrants in higher education by educating and advocating as community allies.

The specific location and parking information for the event will be sent after registration is completed. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email us at gmumasondreamers@gmail.com.

Academic partnerships include: Global & Community Health, the Department of Communication, Health, Recreation & Tourism, the School of Management, New Century College, Psychology, and the Transitions Resource Center. In addition, we provide trainings for the Office of Housing & Residence Life, the Office of Sustainability, International Programs & Services, the Environmental Action Group, Patriot Leaders, Alternative Break team leaders, and the Emerging Leaders Program. If you have any questions or need additional information about trainings, you can contact T. Garey Davis by (e) tdavisL@gmu.edu or (w) 703.993.2700. For general information about ODIME or trainings offered, you can contact the front desk at 703.993.2700.