Diversity Enlightenment

What is Diversity Enligtenment? Not Diversity Training

 

Let's start by clarifying what it is not? It is not diversity training. Diversity Training may be something accomplishable, but definitely not in a limited time period. However, you can enlighten someone in or through one significant moment that you share with them. However, our Diversity Enlightenment Sessions provide much more than a moment's enlightenment.

 

So, What is Diversity Enlightenmnet?

 

It is an innovative approach to diversity education that challenges individuals to consider the reasons they see the world as they do. Enlightenment sessions centered on the topic of diversity don't skirt any issues, but are designed to construct conversations on difficult topics in ways that are less threatening, but undeniably poignant and pertinent to the advancement

 

Our method?

 

You can't separate a sophistication about diversity from the concept of leadership. So we encompass a plethora of approaches. Some are listed below:

  • Establishing the importance of the university and community as essential contributors to the success of diversity through methods of empowerment.
  • Utilizing thought experiments that attempt to demonstrate to the participants exactly where they are in terms of their knowledge and sophistication of diversity.
  • Recognizing that there is no more powerful tool for learning than conversation, we attempt to create an environment where honest interaction occurs on difficult subject matter.
  • Addressing and demystifying the notion of xenophobia.
  • Learning from a three-pronged approach towards diversity enlightenment.
  • Discussions on controversial or uncomfortable aspects of diversity (i.e., race, sexual orientation, disability, class, gender, privilege, toleration, disenfranchisement, etc.)
  • Introducing new concepts, theories, and paradigms on diversity that effectively challenge conventional practices with invigorating new approaches.

 

Ultimately it is our hope that our participants will leave our diversity enlightenment sessions understanding the inherent contradictions that accompany:
Wanting respect without giving it,
Pursuing knowledge that is skewed,
The difference between having xenophobia and succumbing to it.

 

Our DE Sessions are geared to many different types of organizations or groups, as indicated below:

 

  • Middle School Faculty, Staff & Students
  • High School Faculty, Staff & Students
  • College/University Student Organizations
  • Teachers/Faculty Organizations
  • Business Organizations

 

In general, we introduce the concept of diversity; articulate diversity to our participants as pertinent to them or their organization on the strength of diversity's merits; introduce our participants to facets of diversity never previously conceived; caution our participants about the conscious subterfuge surrounding diversity; acknowledge and engage the rhyme, reason, and resentment people have towards diversity; convince our participants of the celebratory aspects of diversity.

 

Specifically we enlighten our participants in ways others simply don't come close to accomplishing. If you want to fully understand the meaning of this, then you will have to attend a session, won't you!

 

Engagments for Diversity Enlightenment Sessions

 

  • Winooski Middle School (VT)
  • Princeton Junior Scholars Institute (NJ)
  • Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans (VT)
  • Youville College Buffalo (NY)
  • North Seattle Community College, Seattle (WA)
  • Puget Sound Educational Service District # 121, Seattle (WA)
  • The Bush School, Seattle (WA)
  • Seattle Public Schools, Seattle (WA)
  • Garfield Community Center, Seattle (WA)
  • Pace University (NY)
  • Peru Central School District: Faculty, 5th, 7th & 9th-12th grades (NY)
  • Northern Adirondack Central: 9th-12th grades (NY)
  • Willsboro Central Middle School, High School and Faculty (NY)
  • National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) Chicago '06
  • University of Vermont (UVM) Resident Assistants (Jan. '06, Aug. '06 & Jan.  '07)
  • Plattsburgh City School District
  • Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Employees, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Management (Chazy, NY)
  • Winooski Central (VT) Faculty, High School and Middle School
  • National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) Miami '04
  • White Privilege Conference, Pella, Iowa (WPC5)
  • St. Albans Town Educational Center (SATEC), VT
  • New York State Troopers
  • City of Plattsburgh Administration
  • Plattsburgh State University Police
  • Norwich University in Vermont ('02, '03, '05, '06)
  • Girl Scouts of the North Country
  • Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO)
  • Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
  • Plattsburgh City Police
  • Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood
  • North Country Legal Services of New York
  • NCORE 2003 San Francisco, CA
  • Bombardier Corp., NYC
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection (Champlain, NY)