Diversity Training and Education
Interested in participating in conversations and training that promote social justice? Want to enhance your cultural competence and become an inclusive leader?
NWTC offers programs designed to encourage critical thinking and foster awareness and sensitivity. Below are opportunities for employees and students. Get involved!
Opportunities for Students
iRespect! is a College-wide movement to cultivate a welcoming and safe environment for all. There are many opportunities for students and employees to get involved with iRespect! Items tied to the campaign include: t-shirts, pledge cards, campus-wide programming, and more. Learn more »
A Place at the Table Discussion Series
This is a roundtable event for staff, faculty, and students to have candid, safe, and respectful discussions around serious social topics. (Topics include, but not limited to: DACA and undocumented students, history of indigenous people and america, use of excessive force.) Learn more »
RISE Student Leadership Series (Racial Inclusion for Student Equity)
This program is designed to better prepare student leaders to be culturally aware and active advocates for promoting diversity and inclusion. Learn more »
Food for Thought
Feed your body, Feed your mind. The Food for Thought Series gives guest speakers and artists the opportunity to share their personal passions and stories with the NWTC community. Through the free Food for Thought events, students will be able to connect in more meaningful ways with our guests and their messages. Learn more »
An opportunity to hear firsthand stories and learn about places around the world and community! Learn more »
Opportunities for NWTC Employees
Inclusively Course Series
Research studies have shown that “the academic achievement of ethnically diverse students will improve when they are taught through their own cultural and experiential filters.”* NWTC’s Inclusively Course Series — Living Inclusively, Teaching Inclusively, Serving Inclusively, and Managing Inclusively (LITISIMI) — are sessions designed to provide employees with tools that we can use to create that inclusive environment and increase student learning.
*Gay, G. (2002). Preparing for culturally responsive teaching. Journal of Teacher Education, 53 (2), p. 106
Living Inclusively: The purpose is to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of culture and how it relates to personal and societal history, social perception and influence, personal values, beliefs, biases, societal structure, local and global societies, cultural practices, and functions and trends. All employees are required to take this course.
Teaching Inclusively: The purpose is to develop materials and strategies for ensuring that their classrooms are inclusive and engage all students, especially students of color. All benefit eligible faculty are required to take this course.
Serving Inclusively: The purpose is to develop policies and skills for ensuring that the campus environment is inclusive and engages all community members. All benefit eligible staff will be required to take this course.
Managing Inclusively: The purpose is to continue building upon the understanding of equity and inclusion and to begin applying this knowledge within a supervisor/leader role. Key components of the curriculum include: leading a multicultural environment; developing strategies for managing conflict; demographic data, student/alumni feedback, identity and bias, highlights from Teaching Inclusively and Serving Inclusively, and a capstone.
Opportunities for the Community
The Center for Equity and Growth at NWTC aims to establish a partnership with local organizations that provides equity education, resources, and training, and that serves as a flagship for community inclusivity.
The following seminars are intended to be taken as a series, but can be offered individually as well:
- The Importance of Workplace Diversity
- Understanding Bias and Stereotypes
- Changing Demographics and You: Are You Ready?
- Maintaining an Inclusive Workplace
Custom training is also available to fit the needs of your company or organization. For more information contact Corporate Training at firstname.lastname@example.org.