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UNITY STAR Fall 2009 Training Edition The Office of Diversity Initiatives provides a variety of workshops and training experiences for the UCF faculty, staff, and students. Other opportunities for diversity workshops may be scheduled by calling ODI at 407-823-6479. TO REGISTER: Online Registration for Faculty and Staff ONLY at https://my.ucf.edu. Students or OPS please send your name, phone number, PID/employee I.D. number, and e-mail to yasi@mail.ucf.edu. Completion certificates are available as follows: Diversity Certificate Series – for completing all four modules; Leadership for the 21st Century Certificate – for completing all three sessions; Pizza for Peace Film Series - for attending any eight film and discussion sessions; Continuum of Learning Certificate – for completing any four workshops other than those listed above.

Workshop: Pizza for Peace Film Series (in collaboration with Dispute Resolution Services); pizza lunch included. Facilitators: Michael Freeman and Barbara Thompson Descriptions/Dates/Times/Location: All sessions will be held in the Research Pavilion, Suite 169. • Freedom Writers (DIV100): Thursday, 09/10/2009, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year old teacher, Erin Gruwell, resorts to unconventional means to break through to her hardened students. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Gruwell wasn’t about to go down without a fight. This film, based on a true story, provides a unique perspective on the dynamics of power and privilege as both students and teacher learn to rely on each other to expand the realm of possibilities. • Murderball (DIV056): Monday, 10/26/2009, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM The documentary “Murderball” tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled. It is a film about family, revenge, honor, sex (yes, they can) and the triumph of love over loss. But most of all, it is a film about standing up, even after your spirit- and your spine- have been crushed. This documentary is rated R for language and sexual reference. • Crash (DIV101): Thursday, 11/19/2009, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama revolving around the stories of a collection of interrelated characters including a police detective with a drugged-out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white veteran cop (caring for a sick father at home) who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a successful Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the racist cop, a Persianimmigrant father who buys a gun to protect his shop, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets, and more. Crash provides a powerful glimpse at the costs of prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance. NOTE: Registration is individual for each session. Workshop: Leadership for the 21st Century Series Facilitators: Dr. Valarie King (9/15), Dr. Martha Stewart (10/1), Dr. Rosa Cintron-Delgado (10/15) Location/Dates/Times/Descriptions: All sessions will be held in the Research Pavilion, Suite 169. • Culturally Competent Leadership (DIV062): Tuesday, 09/15/2009, 3:00-5:00 PM Functioning as a leader in the 21st Century requires awareness, knowledge, and skills in many areas. This session explores cultural competency as a critical leadership issue in today’s diverse society. • Celebrating and Building our Leadership Diversity Successes: One Brick at a Time (DIV063): Thursday, 10/1/2009, 2:30-4:30 PM This session captures opportunities, challenges, and celebrations in the recruitment, retention, and induction of persons of color throughout the higher education spectrum. • Looking Beyond the Label “Hispanic”: Evading Differences, Advancing Similarities (DIV061): Thursday, 10/15/2009, 3:00-5:00 PM Have you ever wondered about the origins of the label “Hispanic”? In what ways is this label related to the Federal Government? Do Hispanics prefer Spanish over English? What color are Hispanics? What type of passport does a Puerto Rican carry? This session will address some of these sensitive and seldom discussed issues. Office of Diversity Initiatives PHONE: 407-823-6479

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Workshop: ABCs of Diversity (DIV008) Facilitator: Barbara Thompson Date: Thursday 09/24/2009 Time: 1:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: Human diversity impacts each of us on a daily basis. Gaining an understanding of differences and similarities is essential for effective functioning in today’s work environment. This workshop focuses on how stereotypes and biases can get in the way when creating a diverse and inclusive space for all employees. Participants develop ABC action plans for enhancing awareness and appreciation for diversity. Workshop: DOTS: Understanding Your “Hidden” Biases (DIV031) Facilitator: Barbara Thompson Date: Tuesday 09/29/2009 Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: In order to appreciate, respect, and value others, it is important to recognize that our life experiences and the individuals in our lives have influenced our thoughts and feelings regarding the people present in our worlds. In this workshop, participants are guided through an activity that allows them to discover biases that may exist “in their heads.” Further, the session facilitates understanding of how these views impact the ways in which we relate to one another. Workshop: Allies Advance (DIV033) Facilitators: Michael Freeman and Dr. Karen Hofmann Dates/Times/Locations: Attend only one. Wednesday 09/30/2009 Wednesday 09/30/2009 Monday 11/02/2009 Monday 11/09/2009 1:30-4:00 PM 5:30-8:00 PM 9:30 AM-12:00 Noon 5:30-8:00 PM Student Union 218B Student Union 316AB Student Union 218C Student Union 316CD Description: Learn about issues affecting GLBT people, homophobia, and heterosexism, and the benefits and responsibilities of being an Ally. Workshop: Diversity in Personal Learning Approaches (DIV051) Facilitator: Barbara Thompson Date: Thursday 10/8/2009 Time: 1:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: Learning is key in any academic setting. Yet, not all individuals learn in the same way. People learn information for different purposes, prefer the information to be structured in various ways, and have preferences for how active they wish to be in their own learning process. In this workshop, participants take, score, and interpret the Personal Learning Insights Profile so that they will better understand their own personal learning approaches. Recognition is given to the fact that differences in learning approaches is just another way in which human diversity manifests itself. NOTE: Workshop requires an interdepartmental transfer or cash/check payment of $20.00. Call (407)-823-6479 for details. Workshop: Understanding Power & Privilege (DIV016) Facilitator: Michael Freeman Dates/Times/Locations: Attend only one. • Monday 11/09/2009 • Monday 10/12/2009 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon 2:30-4:30 PM Student Union 218C Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: This session looks at the concepts of power and privilege in detail and describes actions that can be adopted to mitigate the effects of social injustice. Workshop: Inclusive Communication (DIV053) Facilitator: Barbara Thompson Date: Wednesday 10/14/2009 Time: 1:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: This workshop identifies some common mistakes made when communicating about age, class, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, language, looks, race, religion, and sexual orientation. It also highlights words, phrases, and behaviors that can enhance the process of communicating about and across various dimensions of influence. Office of Diversity Initiatives PHONE: 407-823-6479

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Workshop Series: Diversity Certificate Series (DIV000) Facilitator: Barbara Thompson Dates: Attend all four. Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Module 1- On the Threshold of Change Module 2- Gender & Sexual Orientation Workplace Issues Tuesday 11/03/2009 Tuesday 11/10/2009 Module 3- Race, Ethnicity, Language & Religion Workplace Issues Module 4- Age & Physical Ability Workplace Issues Tuesday 11/17/2009 Tuesday 11/24/2009 Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: The world looks different today than it has in the past, and as a consequence, new ways of interacting and communicating with others are required. This four-part program focuses on the legal, ethical, and practical issues organizations face in this dynamic new environment while demonstrating how we can use human diversity to maximize competence and performance. Workshop: Bullying in the Workplace (DIV019) Facilitator: Michael Freeman Date: Friday 11/06/2009 Time: 2:00-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: Do you ever wonder what happens to the bullies who seem to be a part of everyone’s childhood experiences? Do they just stop bullying, or do they grow up and become people we work with and sometimes for? In this facilitated session, we look at bullying as a diversity issue, gain understanding of its costs, and discover how individuals and organizations can begin to address it. Workshop: The Micromessages of Communication and Their Impact on Team Performance and Student Success (DIV060) Facilitator: Michael Freeman Date: Monday 11/30/2009 Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: Micromessages are the small ways in which we communicate beyond the words we speak. Often framed in terms of microaffirmations, microinequities, and microgestures, each carries a message of inclusion, exclusion, or value. This workshop will focus on how micromessages occur and their effect on individual relationships, team performance, and student success. Strategies also will be discussed in addressing their impact. Workshop: High Heart Work & Self Care (DIV046) Facilitator: Michael Freeman Date: Tuesday 12/01/2009 Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: Human service work demands a lot from those who address and meet critical needs. Often, as we are caring for others, we forget the most important person, ourselves. This team building session examines how to create, maintain, and evaluate self-care plans for individuals and teams. It also looks at the process of what it takes to effectively provide the kind of support team members need in remaining “whole” in “high-heart” work. Workshop: A Framework for Understanding Poverty (DIV058) Facilitator: Barbara Thompson Date: Thursday 12/03/2009 Time: 1:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Description: Socioeconomic status or class is an often overlooked, but critically important, dimension of diversity. Since 1995, Dr. Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty has helped educators and other professionals understand individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds- poverty, middle class, and wealth. This workshop provides an overview of Dr. Payne’s work including the “hidden rules” among classes, the characteristics of generational poverty, and the significant role of available resources. NOTE: Workshop requires an interdepartmental transfer or cash/check payment of $10.00. Call (407)-823-6479 for details.

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University of Central Florida Office of Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Philosophy We live in a global community that is becoming increasingly intertwined and interdependent. Demographic, technological, cultural, and economic changes no longer afford us the luxury of living in isolated enclaves. These dramatic shifts and trends require that our educational systems equip us to live and work with a wide variety of peoples. To survive and thrive in a modern organization like UCF means to understand that each of us is mutually connected to the other. An increasingly diverse society expects that higher education will meet the varied learning needs of its citizens by providing effective diversity instruction and experiences. To this end, the Unity Star distributed by this office represents opportunities available to UCF’s students, staff, and faculty to build understanding, appreciation, and respect for human diversity.

Services Consultations: An individual or group meeting to assist in planning diversity related programs, events, and activities. Consultations may occur face-to-face, by e-mail, or by telephone. Presentations: We make presentations to classes, departments, organizations, student groups, and external organizations. Our presentations cover a variety of topics to meet specific needs. Training: Selected topics in English and Spanish

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Unity Star Fall 2009  

Unity Star Newsletter, Fall 2009 Edition