Professional Development and Facilitaton

The Office of Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Women's Center are proud to offer a variety of professional development workshops!  Please scroll through our menu and if you see a title that fits your interest, you can select it for more information. If you do not see anything that fits your needs, please contact us directly to find additional ways that we can help.  We look forward to working with you!

If you would like to schedule a training, please submit the training request form

General Workshops

Facilitator: K. Messer, D. Rovaris, S.Steib
Description: Office of Diversity staff will provide an interactive diversity workshop for Student support teams. General and customizable topics covering Cultural Competency, Microagressions, how to build and maintain an inclusive community and more will be discussed.
Time: 1 hour - ½ day

Facilitator: D. Rovaris
Description: This is a workshop designed to help faculty search committees improve their functionality and to increase their diversity yield. Effective strategies and considerations for increasing faculty diversity are shared. HRM staff members assist with this training and follow up.
Time: 1 hour

Facilitator: D. Rovaris
Description: This is an interactive workshop designed to help participants learn more about cultural competences and their importance. Definitions, levels, and varieties of cultural competency are shared and explored.
Time: 1 hour - ½ day

Facilitator: D. Rovaris
Description: This interactive workshop is designed to help participants learn more about the breadth and depth of diversity. Definitions, types, and issues relevant to diversity are explored.
Time: 1 hour - ½ day

Facilitator:K. Messer
Description: Culturally Competent and Inclusive organizations yield effective results. This interactive workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect and discuss current topics on diversity and inclusion and ultimately lead to the development of strategies for building and leading effective, culturally competent teams.
Time: 3 hours

Facilitator:S. Steib
Description: Strategic planning support with emphasis of goals and objectives that reflect diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Can include SWOT analysis. Ideally, strategic planning process happens over a series of meetings/sessions.
Time: 2 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: : Interactive workshop that explores the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppressions and their impacts of individuals and communities. Various forms of privilege and oppression are explored.
Time: ½ day - full day

Facilitator: W. Health, K. Holton
Description: Safe Space Training teaches faculty, staff, and students some basic LGBTQ terminology and ways to make your language more inclusive. This training identifies some of the privileges of being a straight, non-transgender individual, discuss the coming out process, and go over some ways that you can be a better ally to LGBTQ students on your campus. Details can be found through the link: http://www.lsu.edu/diversity/safespace/index.php
Time: 1-3 hours (3 hours required for certification)

Facilitator: A. Grant
Description: A training to empower individuals to train others on baseline knowledge of theories of oppression and the Operations of Power and Privilege in America
Time: TBD

Facilitator: A. Grant
Description: A facilitated discussion regarding colorblindness and reproduction of racism, microagressions
Time: TBD

Facilitator: W. Health
Description: Achieve a better understanding of how race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity are influenced by power and privilege. Engage in dialogue about our own forms of privilege, and how those give us power to help others. Practice keeping our privilege “in-check” through some social activities within small groups
Time: 1-4 hours

Facilitator: W. Heath
Description: Achieve a better understanding of how the social world creates and maintains levels of stress and anxiety for people belonging to a marginalized group. Learn how to combat those systems and provide the best possible support for diverse individuals.
Time: 1-2 hours

Facilitator: W. Heath
Description: The True Colors Personal Assessment is a tool designed to help you better understand your leadership style, your work ethic, your stress, and your values. Additionally, you will discover new ways to interact with colleagues, peers, teammates, and anyone else you interact with regularly.
Time: 30-60 minutes

Facilitator: W. Heath
Description: This program primarily focuses on social identities and how privilege and power affect them. The purpose is not to blame anyone for having more power or privilege or for receiving more help in achieving goals, but to have an opportunity to identify both obstacles and benefits experienced in our life. Through indicating whether an individual identifies with certain statements, it is possible for participants to recognize the privileges that they possess, to learn about the backgrounds of their peers, and to challenge everyday stereotypes and prejudices.
Time: 30-60 minutes

Facilitator: W. Heath
Description: The purpose of this activity is to provide a quick guide to intersectionality. Intersectional theories and applications have become much more popular over the last couple decades. Disciplines such as sociology, political science, health sciences, geography, philosophy, and anthropology have utilized intersectional thought as a modern explanation of identity development, immigration, and wellness. Additionally, intersectionality is often used in feminist studies, ethnic studies, queer studies, and legal studies to challenge inequities and promote social justice. This practice has also extended to policy makers, human rights activists, and community organizers searching for better approaches to tackling complex social issues. However, most people don’t know about intersectionality and why it is such an innovative framework for research, policy and practice.
Time: 30 minutes

Facilitator: W. Heath
Description: Cultural competence is the key to thriving in culturally diverse classrooms and schools, and it can be learned, practiced, and institutionalized to better serve diverse students. Cultural competence aids us and our ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than our own. It entails developing certain personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, understanding certain bodies of cultural knowledge, and mastering a set of skills that allow for effective cross-cultural and culturally responsive teaching.
Time: 60-90 minutes


Workshops for Development and Fundraising

Facilitator: K. Messer
Description: This workshop will provide participants with an overview of effective practices in developing and implementing a Parent and Family fundraising program.
Time: 1 hour

Facilitator: K. Messer
Description: This workshop will provide participants with a review of the research about philanthropic practices of diverse populations. Discussion of successful outreach and constituent engagement programs that yield positive outcomes will be discussed.
Time: 1 hour


Workshops for Underrepresented Student Support

Facilitator: K.Messer
Description: This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the research about high risk behaviors as defined by the CDC. Participants will explore how student participation in high risk behaviors can impact their persistence and success in college. Specific recommendations for programs and services to aid student success will be discussed.
Time: 1 hour

Facilitator: K. Messer, W. Jackson
Description: According to International Student magazine, studying abroad provides students greater opportunities to see the world, to understand different styles of learning, to engage with various cultures, to increase language skills and to obtain career opportunities. This workshop will provide participants exposure to the study abroad process and information about the overall experience, scholarships and financial aid and program support for diverse populations will be discussed.
Time: 1 hour (workshop with moderated student panel 1.5 hours)

Facilitator: K. Messer
Description: In this workshop literature and research about Black male student athletes will be presented and recommendations for effective program support and models will be provided.
Time: 1 hour

Facilitator: K. Messer
Description: Most present-day college students arrive on campus with close ties to parents and family members who have supported and guided them with most of their decisions. Given FERPA and the mission to support student’s growth and development as independent adults, Universities need to be agile in this arena. This workshop provides participants with an overview of the literature on parent and family involvement and recommendations for effective practices in developing parent and family support programs will be provided.
Time: 1 hour

Facilitator:
Description: This workshop reviews essential theories and practices that aid those who work with diverse populations in addressing and discussing the importance of mental health. This session takes a closer look at the unique considerations in working with these students and how to create preventative programs and services.
Time: 1.5 hours

Facilitator: A. Grant
Description: Through interactive mediums and engaging dialogue participants have the opportunity to tackle pressing challenges to racial justice and unpack the sociopolitical and/or cultural construction of race.
Time: 4 hours

Facilitator: A. Grant
Description: This session is guided by the principle of self-determination and community. Participants experience a retreat style learning environment that explores the Black experience in America and reclaiming a spirit-centered approach to flourishing.
Time: 2 hours

 

Workshops for Wellness

Facilitator: 
Description: This training reviews techniques and practices that are essential to maintaining a school/work-life balance. These sessions are great for a staff retreat or leadership development workshop for students. 
Time: 1 hour

 

Other Trainings

Facilitator: T. Rankins-Lollis
Description: This training is an opportunity for student office workers to meet one another and become familiar with goals and expectations of the Office of Diversity. Plus, the orientation introduces you to resources on campus that students are not aware of and experience a brief “real talk” discussions. 
Time: 3 hours

 

Workshops for Women and Gender Issues

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Customizable presentation about major events/issues/figures in US Women’s History. Ideal for guest classroom lectures and/or in conjunction with Exploring Contemporary Issues Impacting Women
Time: 50 min - 3 hours hour

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Facilitated as a workshop to explore the basic principles of gender bias, how gender bias impacts individuals, communities and society, and what steps can be taken to mitigate gender bias.
Time: 1-3 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Customizable presentation about major issues that impact women. Examples of topics include gender based violence, medical, body image, leadership, relationships, politics, glass ceiling, wage gap, etc. Ideal for guest classroom lectures and/or in conjunction with historical analysis of the issue.
Time: 50 min -3 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Facilitated as a workshop to explore the basic dynamics of healthy relationship. This workshop includes relationship assessment, characteristics of healthy relationships, and principles of healthy communication. Can be customized to cover a wide-range of relationship (intimate, professional, personal, family, etc.) Can be offered in conjunction with Managing Difficult Relations and/or Dynamics of Gender-Based Violence.
Time: 1 hour - half day

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Facilitated as a workshop to provide practical steps and strategies to manage difficult relationships. Can be customized to cover a wide-range of relationship (professional, personal, family, peer, intimate, etc.) Can be offered in conjunction with Healthy Relationships.
Time: 1 hour - half day

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Can be provided as a presentation or workshop to explore the dynamics of healthy masculinity, how society constructs masculinity, individual/cultural barriers to healthy masculinity, and how to construct healthy masculinity.
Time: 1-2 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: This workshop explores the importance of self-care and wellness (especially for women), barriers to self-care, and importance of prioritizing self-care. Participants will create a personal selfcare/wellness plan as part of the workshop.
Time: 1-2 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: This workshop explores various forms of violence/trauma that can impact families, but focuses specifically on dating/domestic violence. Domestic violence and the trauma it causes can have deep, lasting and generational impacts on families. This workshop will explore ways that exposure to domestic violence negatively impacts families and how trauma informed interventions can be used to holistically support families.
Time: 1-3 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: This workshop will explore the complex personalities and behaviors of batterers and how batterers use manipulation, fear, power and control and others means to support abusive practices/behaviors across relationships. Participants will gain knowledge about: batterer profiles, batterer tactics, dynamics of violence, red-flag behaviors, and appropriate interventions for batterers and victims. Can be offered in conjunction with Dynamics of Gender Based Violence.
Time: 1-2 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Customizable workshop or lecture that explores the dynamics of gender-based violence (sexual assault, stalking, dating/domestic violence) and the impact these forms of violence have on individuals, families, and communities. Can be offered in conjunction with Healthy Relationships and/or Profiles of Batterers.
Time: 1-3 hours

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Customizable workshop to explore and enhance leadership skills for women. Additional topics covered include dynamics of leadership, stereotypes about women leaders, leadership styles/strategies, mentoring, and personal leadership plans. Can be provided as one training/workshop or as a series of trainings/workshops.
Time: 1 hour - half day

Facilitator: S. Steib
Description: Start Smart/Work Smart are initiatives of the American Association of University Women that aim to reduce the wage gap by providing practical training to women on salary negotiation. Details can be found through the link: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/salary-negotiation-workshops.
Time: 2 hours