How would diversity training be facilitated?
Diversity training would be an introduction to the differences and social justice issues prevalent in the Greek community. There will be a short lesson (15-20 minutes) on a variety of topics dealing with race/cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, class, and others. The majority of the training, however, would be a discussion between members, facilitated by a member of the Department of Student and Campus Life’s diversity and equity initiatives team. During this time, students can feel free to ask questions, or speak up about their own testimony.
The reason it is more discussion based is because there seems to be more merit when people learn from their peers’ experiences, rather than just hearing a lecture and not knowing how it effects the people directly around them
Does Chapman already do this?
Chapman does put on introductory diversity trainings for departments such as SGA, UPB and SCL, as well as advanced trainings in a multitude of areas, such as the Safe Space program, which is a 2 1/2 hour intensive training about the LGBTQIA community.
Will this actually change the campus?
Here are some positives that can come out of diversity training.
- Preparation for the business world – Most companies put on diversity trainings for their employees that are mandated by the company or corporation. Since Greek life teaches us how to prepare for meetings in a professional setting (business attire, presentations by officers, etc.), we should be prepared for the diverse populations we could be working with in our future careers
- Preparation for personal lives – There will be many different people in your life with diverse backgrounds. In order to better understand them, and accept those differences, one must become educated about inclusive speech and other issues surrounding different identities and intersecting identities.
- Increased education – With increased education comes increased ACTION. Some students may be hearing a lot of this information again, some may be living it in their every day lives, and some students may be hearing it for the first time! Regardless, there is no doubt that more education will lead to changes in the way people interact with others. Will it completely alter the system? Maybe, maybe not. It is up to the individual about whether or not they want to use inclusive speech or take what they learned during training and use it in the real world. But at least they’ve heard the message.
What other resources come after diversity training?
The Department of Student + Campus Life’s Diversity and Equity Initiatives team has many programs in which students who wish to learn more can partake and become more involved in making a difference on campus. Some examples would be:
- Safe Space Trainings – 2 1/2 hour training on the LGBT community. At the end of the training you will receive a placard noting that you are a safe space on campus for LGBT students to talk to you about important issues.
- Safe Space Committee Meetings – Activism for the LGBT community, off campus and on
- Social Justice Council – Talking about social justice issues on campus and how to impact the campus climate
- Club Meetings: Black Student Union, Asian/Pacific Student Association, Queer Straight Alliance, Disability Alliance of Chapman, Chapman Feminists, etc. Learn about how to become an ally for different populations on campus and in the world.
- Ubuntu – A discussion group occuring 6 weeks during the spring and fall, to talk about community and issues pertaining to social justice in the global world.
- SCL programming put together by diversity and equity: film screenings, speakers, special guests (like the Department of Student + Campus Life on Facebook to find out when these events will take place!)
- NEXT STEP SOCIAL JUSTICE RETREAT – a weekend long retreat with over 60 students, focusing on going in depth with diversity and equity issues.