The Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion is offering a full calendar of professional development workshops for the Spring 2023 semester:
Internalized Dominance facilitated by Beth Douthirt Cohen (she/they) NEW Spring 2023!
This two-part training series focuses on common behaviors connected to having unearned privilege that keep workplaces from engaging the diversity within them. Part 1 of this series will review how dominance is internalized; how you can interrupt the patterns of dominance in yourself and others; why and how perfectionism, individualism, defensiveness, and other characteristics get in the way; and how to interrupt them in yourself and others. Part 2 focuses on what typically holds us back (defensiveness and perfectionism, we are looking at you!) when we find out we have had an impact on someone across difference, and how we can recover and enact our values of racial justice, care, and connection. This workshop series is recommended for all staff & faculty.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023; 11am-1pm PT/2pm-4pm ET
Tuesday, March 14, 2023; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Tuesday, March 21, 2023; 9am-11am PT/12pm-2pm ET
EDI Skill Building
Coded Language facilitated by Tirrany Thurmond (she/her/hers) NEW Spring 2023!
Language is heavily nuanced. It's the tool we use to connect, convey emotions, share perspectives, and build community. However, it's the same mechanism used to exclude, persecute, and in the words of scholar Patricia Williams, murder the spirit of people different from ourselves. During this 90-minute session, we will define coded language, explore the dangers and harm unchecked language causes, and gain clarity on naming and reframing our words so that we say what we really mean. This is a one-part training, open to all staff & faculty.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023: 9am-10:30am PT/12pm-1:30pm ET
Wednesday, April 26; 8am-9:30am PT/11am-12:30pm ET
But…I didn’t mean it like that!—Microaggressions facilitated by Chianti Blackmon (she/her/ella)
This session focuses on micro-encounters and micro-behaviors that impact the ways we interact across difference. We will explore common uses of microaggressions, how they tend to manifest, how people respond and we will use scenarios for deeper discussions. This session will also support participants in developing ways to respond when witnessing or perpetrating a microaggression. We will also discuss strategies for strengthening our own resiliency when being called-in. This is a one-part training, open to all staff & faculty.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023; 9am-11am PT/12pm-2pm ET
Navigating Hot Buttons & Triggers facilitated by Chianti Blackmon (she/her/ella)
When was the last time you were triggered? Many times we are on autopilot and react to triggers in ways that are counterproductive to our goals. This interactive workshop aims to develop participants’ skills when identifying and navigating triggers, specifically within interactions across differences. This includes comments, behaviors, and exchanges with students, as well as colleagues. This is a one-part training, open to all staff & faculty.
Friday, April 7, 2023; 10am-12pm PT/1pm-3pm ET
Accessibility At AMDA: Your Role in Helping Create an Accessible and Inclusive Campus Community facilitated by Hannah Enenbach (she/her/hers)
This training provides AMDA faculty and staff with the tools necessary to create an accessible and inclusive environment for students and colleagues with disabilities. Participants will review what disability accommodations are, how they are requested, and how they are provided at AMDA. Breakout discussions will address additional ways you can support and be inclusive of students with disabilities in your classroom or office. Participants will learn what services the Accessibility Office provides (it’s not just accommodations!), how to refer students, and tips for effective communication with your students with disabilities. This workshop is open to all staff & faculty.
Monday, April 10, 2023; 2pm-4pm PT / 5pm-7pm ET
Advanced Topics in Accessibility facilitated by Hannah Enenbach (she/her/hers) NEW Spring 2023!
This session is for AMDA faculty and staff who have attended the introductory Accessibility at AMDA workshop and are interested in exploring disability access, inclusion, and justice in more detail. Topics will include fostering respectful class discussion, casting considerations, selection of course material, and how the industry is becoming more accessible to disabled performers and audiences. Please come ready to actively participate in discussions! This workshop is open to all staff & faculty.
Monday, May 22, 2023; 9am-11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET
LGBTQIA+ Allyship Refresher facilitated by Andy Cofino (he/him/his)
It's likely been a while since you participated in Allyship at AMDA, so we're offering a 90 minute refresher, which includes a review of the basics as well as some updated terminology and information. This session is also great for folks who have not yet engaged in this topic at AMDA. This is a one-part training, recommended for all staff & faculty.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023; 1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
Getting Pronouns Right facilitated by Andy Cofino (he/him/his)
This session is a dedicated conversation about pronouns: how to navigate usage, what to do if you make a mistake, and best practices. This is a one-part training, recommended for all staff & faculty.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Trauma Informed Pedagogy facilitated by Sam Skaller (she/they) and Tracia Banuelos (she/they)
This series will equip AMDA faculty with tools and skills to create safer educational spaces for students. Participants will unpack how the impacts of trauma may show up in their classrooms and strengthen their skill sets in responding to trauma disclosures, best practices of trauma-informed care, and more. This two-part workshop is best suited for faculty, directors, choreographers, and anyone who leads classroom spaces with students.
Thursday, March 16, 2023; 3pm-5pm PT / 6pm-8pm ET
Thursday, March 30, 2023; 3pm-5pm PT / 6pm-8pm ET
Equity & Inclusive Leadership facilitated by Chianti Blackmon (she/her/ella)
This session will focus on knowledge building around our EDI policies and procedures, explore opportunities for growth as an inclusive leader and build out your EDI toolkit from a leadership perspective. This is a two-part training required for VPs, Directors, Managers, Division Chairs, Academic Department Directors, and any others who supervise.
Monday, March 6. 2023; 12pm-2pm PT/3pm-5pm ET
Monday, April 17, 2023; 1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
Monday, May 1, 2023; 1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET