The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides educational presentations. We invite Michigan Tech faculty and staff to request one of our diversity presentations for their classes, staff meetings, or professional development trainings. These engaging and interactive presentations are designed to promote awareness and critical thinking. Each presentation is 60 minutes.
To request a presentation, please review the abstracts below and contact Amy Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*These presentations are limited to Michigan Tech and local community members.*
Diversity Presentations Offered
Cultural Pluralism and Relativism: The Benefits of Acceptance
A society that advocates cultural pluralism and relativism respects, values, and appreciates the contributions that are made by diverse groups within the society and does not judge another culture by the standards of its own culture. If we can understand, respect, and value the cultural contributions we each have to offer and enter the classroom or work force with a culturally pluralistic and relativistic viewpoint, everyone will benefit. At the end of this session, students will understand what these viewpoints mean, how they can apply them to their everyday lives, and why being more open to diversity will benefit them.
Gender and Sexuality
The purpose of this training is to discuss the concepts of “sex” and “gender” with the goal of creating an understanding of what is biological and what is cultural. We will explore the relationship between the way these concepts are understood in our society and the expectations we have for ourselves and others based on their sex or gender. We will also discuss the different components of human sexuality and explore the most common sexual orientations. Finally, we will address common misconceptions about the relationship between gender and sexuality.
The purpose of this training is to provide an overview of the various sexual and gender identity labels used within the LGBTQIA+ student community as well as the gender-neutral pronouns preferred by some transgender students. We will also explore the main concerns that LGBTQIA+-identified students face on college campuses and ways that faculty, staff, and fellow students can serve as allies.
Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts
This presentation explores communication skills for promoting inclusion and respect in the workplace and classroom. The objectives are to understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, even when casually said; to identify the most common reasons people sit silent in the face of bias and stereotypes; and to enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.