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But…I didn’t mean it like that!—Microaggressions facilitated by Chianti Blackmon (she/her/ella) NEW Fall 2022!
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, October 18; 12pm-2pm PT/3pm-5pm ET
Thursday, January 26; 11am-1pm PT / 2pm-4pm ET
Getting Pronouns Right facilitated by Andy Cofino (he/him/his)
This brand new 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.
Thursday, October 20; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Wednesday, November 30; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Friday, January 13; 1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
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 are newer to AMDA and have not yet engaged in this topic. This is a one-part training, recommended for all staff & faculty.
Thursday, December 1; 1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
Thursday, January 5; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Trauma Informed Pedagogy facilitated by Sam Skaller (she/they) and Tracia Banuelos (she/they) NEW Fall 2022!
This training series will equip AMDA faculty with tools and skills to create safer educational spaces for students. Together we will unpack how the impacts of trauma may show up in our classrooms and strengthen our skill sets in responding to trauma disclosures, best practices of trauma-informed care, and much more. This workshop is best suited for faculty, directors, choreographers, and anyone who leads classroom spaces with students. This is a two-part training recommended for all faculty.
Thursday, November 10; 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET
Tuesday, December 6; 8:30am-10:30am PT / 11:30am-1:30pm ET
Thursday, January 12; 8:30am-10:30am PT / 11:30am-1:30pm ET
Monday, January 30; 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET
Deaf Culture and Communication presented by Andrew Moore of ASL with Andrew (he/him/his) NEW Fall 2022!
Participants will learn how to immerse themselves into Deaf culture and understand the importance of communication. They will leave the sessions feeling more confident about their ability to communicate with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Session 1 will focus on Deaf culture, communication & language, the ASL alphabet, numbers, and general phrases. Session 2 will focus on information relating specifically to AMDA’s campus culture, information, and programs. These sessions are required for public-facing staff and all student workers.
Part 1: Thursday, October 27; 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET
Part 2: Saturday, November 12; 1pm-3pm PT / 4pm-6pm ET
Series on Autism and Neurodivergence presented by Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) NEW Fall 2022!
Part 1: Through a New Lens: Understanding an Autism Profile
This workshop is for college professionals working with autistic individuals. Attendees will review attributes associated with an autism profile, as well as an overview and history of language use as it relates to supporting autistic individuals. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive, up-to-date understanding of autism and learn how to apply a neurological lens to better understand autism and their autistic students. This is part one of a two-part series, required for all AMDA faculty and staff.
Wednesday, November 16; 8am-10am PT / 11am-1pm ET
Tuesday, November 29; 5pm-7pm PT / 8pm-10pm ET
Part 2: Neurodiversity on Campus: Supporting Autistic College Students
Creating responsive and inclusive campus cultures is a priority for colleges across the country. This workshop will highlight how colleges can create classrooms and campus communities that are responsive to the needs of autistic students, and in doing so, respond to the needs of all students. Through a universal design lens, this workshop will help college professionals build and develop a neurodiversity lens and learn concrete, applicable strategies for making their classrooms and campus communities inclusive for neurodivergent students. This is part two of a two-part series, required for all AMDA faculty and staff.
Wednesday, December 7; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Tuesday, December 13; 5pm-7pm PT / 8pm-10pm ET
In Our Own Words: A Self-Advocate Panel presented by Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) NEW Fall 2022!
Panelists: Sue Ann Pien, Lillian Carrier
Join us for a facilitated discussion with a panel of autistic young adults, who are recent college graduates or current college students, detailing their lived experiences with the goal of encouraging inclusivity and acceptance. This panel discussion will highlight the perspective and lived experiences of our panelists, some of whom are in the TV and film industry, and cover topics such as their experiences in college and in the performing arts. Panelists will share what they would want students, faculty and other college professionals to know about being an autistic student and creating neuro-inclusive classrooms and campuses. Our speakers will answer attendee questions and share their insights and recommendations for students and college professionals. This session is open to everyone in the AMDA community; students, faculty, and staff are all welcome.
Saturday, December 17; 11:30am-1pm PT / 2:30-4pm 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 session is required for all members of our community; however, if you have attended an Accessibility at AMDA session since January 2022, you do not need to attend again.
Tuesday, January 17; 8am-9:30am PT / 11am-12:30pm 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, November 7; 8am-10am PT/11am-1pm ET
Friday, November 18; 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET
Friday, December 16; 8am-10am PT / 11am-1pm ET
Wednesday, January 18; 11am-1pm PT / 2pm-4pm ET