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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

CDI staff, facilitators, and peer educators conducted 110 workshops, trainings, and panels last year. 

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Peer Education & Other Trainings

We have a variety of Peer Led opportunities and other trainings through the center that we can be requested by clicking on the individual activities. These activities are approximately 1 - 1.5 hours long, and are good for classrooms, student organizations, and residence halls.

Peer Led programs are also currently under review. Thank you for your patience.

The Rainbow Speakers Bureau (RSB) is a chance to give a peer to peer perspective on real LGBTQ experiences. These panels are made up of LGBTQ Peer Educators and can be scheduled at anytime during the semester and catered specifically to the needs of your class, student organization, or group. Previous panels have explored concepts of coming out, barriers to inclusion for LGBTQ folks, and other topics you want to explore about the LGBTQ community.

Understand the basics of where privilege comes from and how it is sustained through this quick introduction to the concept of privilege.

AU Connects is a new inclusion initiative that provides trained facilitators who can help guide challenging conversations around race and ethnicity. The goals of this program are to create greater understanding of ourselves and others; decrease fear of difference; and build a more inclusive campus climate. Teams of co-facilitators (graduate students and full-time staff) will design conversational sessions that prioritize the experiences of the participants in a way that promotes listening and learning and leads to a stronger community overall.

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This workshop provides a brief overview of race, what it is, and what it means in U.S. society, along with the complexities of ethnicity. Participants will learn about the differences between prejudice, discrimination and racism and explore the common misunderstandings and assumptions people may have about race.

This activity is led by our Diversity Peer Educators and focuses on gaining a better understanding of your own personal identities so that you can understand the ways that identities impact other people.

This activity, also led by the Diversity Peer Educators, explores the concept of privilege by understanding how it plays out in everyday life.

You can also request a customized training or presentation for your organization, office, or group if you have 10 or more people. Please give a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the day you want the training, workshop, or panel.