Saturday, March 16, 2013

Diversity Dialogues offered this spring at Cuyamaca College

The spring Diversity Dialogues program is now available at Cuyamaca College. The discussions -- all free and open to the public-- focus on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice topics.

Students who attend at least three of the semester workshops earn a Diversity and Leadership certificate and will be recognized at a student leaders ‘reception in May. Those receiving the certificate and transferring to San Diego State University earn credit toward the SDSU Multicultural Competence requirement. All workshops are in Room I-207 in the student center.

“As an institution enriched by diversity, Cuyamaca College embraces those qualities that distinguish us as individuals, but at the same time, unite us as members of a very special campus community,” said President Mark J. Zacovic. “An appreciation for the college’s diversity is a cornerstone of what we proudly call ‘The Cuyamaca Way,’ and this workshop series is another way to highlight this message.”

Diversity Dialogues workshops are set for:
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19: “Managing Diverse Teams,” a presentation of Victoria Hankins, a professional development consultant and training instructor. The workshop focuses on developing an increased awareness and better understanding of the various ways people differ. Participants will learn how difference, including our varied perspectives and approaches to work, impact interpersonal relationships in different settings.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11: “Building Community on Campus,” is a workshop providing the tools needed to discover one’s personal cultural narrative, in addition to exploring the concept and impact of diversity on a college campus. Through exercises guided by Shaila Mulholland, an assistant professor in the College of Education at San Diego State University and researcher in the area of diversity, participants will learn how to encourage an inclusive environment on campus.
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: “Becoming Culturally Competent,” presented by Tanis Starck, director of the Cross-Cultural Center at San Diego State University, will show how to increase cultural awareness, sensitivity and knowledge to promote advocacy and change.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8: “Leadership Development from a Latino Perspective,” presented by Freddie Sanchez, assistant director of the Cross Cultural Center at San Diego State University, focuses on leading from a Latino point of view, and shows students how to make a difference on campus and in the workplace. This workshop is a great opportunity for emerging leaders who are interested in playing a prominent role at school and work.