The Depths of Diversity

The Diversity Deep Community Steering Committee is planning yet another workshop this February. To promote the program, the DDCSC included in an email an unattributed quote saying, “I used to think diversity training was unnecessary and useless.”

The description of program from the email follows; applications are due tomorrow.

DEEP COMMUNITY: Diversity That Unites Us

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What: A 3-day workshop for Dartmouth students & staff (Lodging, meals & transportation included)

When: 3pm, Friday, Feb. 4 to 3pm, Sunday, Feb. 6

Where: Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, Monadnock Region of New Hampshire

Application Due TOMORROW, Saturday, Janurary 15 at 4pm

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This intensive three-day workshop invites members of the Dartmouth community to address what it takes to build a diverse, committed, and dynamic human community. We will look at community-building on a personal, institutional, and social level and will also address the problems, pitfalls, and difficulties involved. Community seems to be something we both yearn for and find elusive. Here we can open the Pandora’s Box and transform the mystery into a set of practical tools, decisions, understanding, and shared commitments, which work when used.

Social oppression, fear, insecurities, isolation, misinformation, stereotypes impact all of us, whether we are socialized into the victim role or hold positions of privilege and power. Through honest sharing and active listening, participants will have an opportunity to bring their whole selves to the table and build a vision of community for Dartmouth and beyond. Come prepared to make a safe environment for all voices to be heard, to share openly and honestly toward forging human community.

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Some Key Themes Include:

– Dismantling the dynamics of social oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) in us and around us

– Developing leadership and power models that are inclusive and progressive

– Underlying principles of human growth and liberation

– Authenticity vs. Conformity

– The role of social identities in progressive community: Becoming allies for each other’s struggles

– Identifying and dismantling internalized oppression

– Selfhood vs. multiple social identities

– Difference vs. divisiveness

– Transforming sex, sexuality, and gender from being a socially conditioned tool of oppression

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We invite and encourage every interested student to apply (see application below). Applications will be due TOMORROW, Saturday, January 15th at 4pm. For more information about this workshop, blitz ‘Deep Community.’

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About the workshop leader:

Charlie Kreiner is the founder and director of the Institute for Diversity Education in America (IDEA). For over 30 years he has been an independent educator, activist, consultant and counselor on human liberation and social oppression issues through out the U.S. and the world. He is a former Dean of Students and Faculty Fellow at Wesleyan University and also brings to the table his life as an artist, swimmer, outdoorsman, and former professional dancer.