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Trainings, Workshops and Panels

Begin or continue your social justice education with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion! We offer educational trainings and workshops that cover topics including intersecting identities, unpacking privilege and working with first-generation students while creating inclusive communities and conversations! Some of these sessions are led by peer leaders, while others are led by CDI Staff and other Staff/Faculty from across the university.

If you are looking for conversations over a multiple week time period, please see which sessions we are offering in our Intergroup Dialogue Program.

Workshops are being restructured and are presently unavailable. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to resuming shortly. Please email cdi@american.edu with any questions.

CDI Training

Join us in fulfillling our mission to advocate and create an inclusive AU through our educational workshops! In order to ensure that we can serve your needs, please submit your request three weeks in advance for our standard offerings and four weeks in advance for a customized training. 

*You need a minimum of 10 people for a customized workshop* 

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Understanding LGBTQIA+ Identities

Eager to learn more about all the LGBTQIA identities and terminologies? This interactive workshop will break down the foundational knowledge you need to understand and support people of different sexual orientations and gender identities. Join us as we explore and dispel myths and stereotypes related to LGBTQIA+ people, learn the do’s and don’ts about gender pronouns, and engage in discussions regarding the difference between gender and sexuality.

LGBTQIA+ Registration

Mapping Your Identity

Have you ever thought about all of the identities that you hold and how they affect the way you experience the world? What does having a marginalized or privileged identity mean? Attend this workshop and explore the multiple dimensions of your identity. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to identities such as race, class, gender, immigration status, nationality, religion, ability, and more.

Mapping Identity Registration

Race: Why does it matter?

Do you want to understand race, racism, ethnicity, and culture? What does it mean to be racist or anti-racist? This workshop is designed for participants to be self-reflective on how race intersects in their lives. The purpose of this introductory workshop is to walk away with an understanding of race in the United States and its real-life implications.

Understand Race Registration

Creating An Inclusive Community

This workshop provides a framework for participants to take personal responsibility for creating an inclusive campus environment. We can achieve this by staying up to date with the diversity, equity and inclusion concerns and needs of our changing AU community. Come and learn what this actually means and what this looks like in practice. We will discuss practical ways that we can individually and collectively engage in inclusive practices.

Inclusive Registration

Unmasking Your Privilege

Through this workshop, you will develop a better understanding of your own intersecting identities, explore your personal experiences with privilege and oppression, and critically evaluate how we are socialized to adopt beliefs that maintain harmful attitudes and behaviors in our society. Join us to learn what you can do to break negative patterns of socialization and learn strategies to develop effective ally behaviors.

Unmask Privilege Registration

Disentangling Sex and Gender: Understanding the Gender Binary

People tend to use the terms “sex” and “gender” interchangeably, but while our culture ties the two together, the two terms are not equivalent. This workshop will help participants takes a deep dive into the dimensions of gender identity and gender expression, including your own.

Sex & Gender Registration