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Opportunities for diversity workshops may be scheduled by calling the Office of Diversity Initiatives at 407-823-6479 or by e-mailing All workshops are FREE unless otherwise noted. TO REGISTER: Online Registration for Faculty and Staff ONLY at Students or OPS please send your name, phone number, PID/employee I.D. number, and e-mail to

P IZZA FOR P EACE F ILM S ERIES Film: Crash (DIV101) Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Time: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

Film: Chocolate City (DIV108) Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

Film: Body Image and the Race for Perfection (DIV102) Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Time: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Location: RWC 206 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

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, a racist white veteran cop (caring for a sick father at home) who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, 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.

In 2003, over 400 families from the Arthur Capper’s Housing Project in Southeast Washington D.C. were forced from their homes as part of a massive nation-wide redevelopment program. One group of women from Arthur Capper’s began to build relationships with artists to find ways to tell their stories. This film explores the experiences of these women and weaves in the work of playwright Anu Yadav, whose one-woman show bears witness to the human rights violations that have occurred since the redevelopment program began.

Have our views of physical beauty changed over the past decade? Are we, as a culture, more aware of the hazards of excessive thinness and the sometimes overwhelming desire to be flawless? Killing Us Softly 3, The Strength to Resist, and Beauty Mark each provide a unique glimpse of how women’s views of body weight and physical perfection have been impacted over the last ten years through exposure to mass media and advertising, significant family relationships and reinforced values, and the drive for fitness. All three films will be shown with follow-up discussions.



P IZZA FOR P EACE F ILM S ERIES ( CONTINUED ) “Tough Guise” examines the relationship between pop culture’s construction of masculinity and the reality of being a man in late 20th century American society. Social critic Jackson Katz hosts the program, arguing that there exists a contemporary crisis in masculinity. The media offers men certain “manly” roles to play, but these roles often play out violent and selfish attitudes, traits harmful to women. Using examples from pop culture, Katz makes his case for change and a broader definition of contemporary masculinity.

Film: Tough Guise (DIV109) Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Time: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Location: RWC 206 Facilitator: Michael Freeman

Film: Prayers for Bobby (DIV110)

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver stars in this emotional true story about a 1970s religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her son Bobby being gay. What happens to Bobby is tragic and causes Mary to question her faith; ultimately this mom changes her views in ways that she never could have imagined.

Date: Monday, April 11, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Location: SU 221AB Facilitator: Michael Freeman and Mary Mann Film: People Like Us: Social Class in America (DIV049) Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011

This film discusses the impact that social class has on Americans and how it plays a role in all of our lives. The documentary follows the lives of Americans ranging from all walks of life and how they see social class in America.

Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Location: RWC 206 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

ABC S OF D IVERSITY (DIV008) Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Time: 1:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

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.

A LLIES A DVANCE (DIV033) Dates, Locations, and Times (attend one): Wednesday, February 2, 2011– SU 316B, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Wednesday, February 9, 2011– SU 221, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon Wednesday, March 23, 2011– SU 221, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon Wednesday, April 6, 2011– SU 316B, 3:00-6:00 PM Facilitator: Michael Freeman or Counseling Center Staff

Learn about issues affecting GLBT people, homophobia, and heterosexism, and the benefits and responsibilities of being an Ally.



D IVERSITY L EADERSHIP C ERTIFICATE S ERIES (DIV072) Dates (attend all four): Thursday, February 10, 2011 Thursday, February 24, 2011 Thursday, March 3, 2011 Thursday, March 17, 2011 Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Dr. Valarie King and Tamara Hall

This series begins with a brief overview of the series and is followed by an indepth exploration of supplier diversity as a critical leadership issue. The second session will feature the discussion of an article on followership as a means of understanding leadership. The third session focuses on the opportunities and perils of diversity in the workplace and the important roles that we play in either facilitating or hindering the university goal of “Becoming More Inclusive and Diverse.” Session four features developing a personal and/or unit action plan that highlights the role of leadership and support for diversity and inclusion.

D IVERSITY C ERTIFICATE S ERIES (DIV000) Dates (attend all four): Friday, February 11, 2011– On the Threshold of Change Friday, February 18, 2011– Gender & Sexual Orientation Workplace Issues Friday, February 25, 2011– Race, Ethnicity, Language, & Religion Workplace Issues Friday, March 4, 2011– Age & Physical Ability Workplace Issues Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson 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.

I NTERSECTION OF FAITH AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION (DIV047) Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Time: 2:00-5:00 PM Location: SU 316AB Facilitator: Michael Freeman

For many people of faith, nothing evokes more emotion than a discussion on what it means to be Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual (LGB). LGB folks often find themselves at great odds with many of their religious colleagues and leaders because of who they are. How do we begin building bridges of respect and understanding on this issue? Is there a solution that is more effective than “hating the sin, but loving the sinner?” Although this session deals primarily with the many denominations of Christian faith, discussion time and resources for other world religions are provided.

I NTRODUCTION TO A RAB C ULTURE (DIV073) Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011 Time: 3:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Joseph Ayoub

The United States has diverse groups of people who come from numerous cultures and nationalities. Effective cross-cultural communication among these various nationalities and cultures is very important in order to avoid any misunderstandings or unintended messages. One of the cultures that exists in the US is the Arab culture, and understanding this culture is important for effective communication. This session talks briefly about the geography and people of the Arab world and some of their customs and traditions.



B ASIC A MERICAN S IGN L ANGUAGE AND D EAF C ULTURE (DIV074) Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

This class will give you an introduction to American Sign Language. Deaf culture will be discussed, as well as common misconceptions of Deaf people.

Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Stephen Nordlinger

M IND Y OUR M OUTH AND F IX Y OUR F ACE (DIV043) Dates, Times, and Locations (attend one):

Sometimes we not only say things that get us in trouble, but our non-verbal expressions, especially those carried all over Tuesday, February 22, 2011- Rosen Campus, Library Instrucour faces, leave little doubt as to what we are thinking. This tion Room, 3:00-5:00 PM humorous workshop examines both verbal and non-verbal communication we observe and use when we are Friday, April 8, 2011- SU 224, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon “communicating for understanding.” The workshop will help participants to recognize some of their own needs around Facilitator: Michael Freeman “minding and fixing” in developing a plan to help manage how they communicate.

I NTERRUPTING B IGOTRY (DIV004) Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon Location: SU 221 Facilitator: Michael Freeman

We all have had the experience of not knowing what to do when someone makes a joke or comment that is offensive. Do we confront them? Ignore them? What should we do? How do we challenge ourselves on our own hidden prejudices? This workshop offers suggestions about what to do in such circumstances. It also includes role-playing of some common, everyday situations.

T HE M ICROMESSAGES OF C OMMUNICATION (DIV060) Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon Location: SU 316A Facilitator: Michael Freeman

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.

DOTS: U NDERSTANDING YOUR “H IDDEN ” B IASES (DIV031) Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Time: 2:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

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.




In many workplaces, including institutions of higher learning, there exists four generations. Dealing with diversity and building organizations of inclusion require understanding and relating effectively with people who are different. The differences in age are no exception. Language differences, performance expectations, and work-life definitions are just a few of the challenges facing a “multigenerational workplace.” This workshop explores the challenges and the gifts present around this critical dimension of diversity and addresses opportunities to build strength and unity into individual work areas to maximize performance.

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon Location: SU 220 Facilitator: Michael Freeman

I NCLUSIVE C OMMUNICATION (DIV053) Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Time: 1:30-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Barbara Thompson

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.

H IGH H EART W ORK & S ELF C ARE (DIV046) Date: Friday, April 22, 2011 Time: 2:00-4:30 PM Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitator: Michael Freeman

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.

-O N T HE S AME P AGE ODI B OOK C LUB (DIV075) S PRING 2011 S ELECTION – T O K ILL A M OCKING B IRD Dates and Times (attend both): Friday, March 18, 2011 2:30-4:30 PM (Book Discussion) Friday, April 15, 2011 1:30-4:30 PM (Film Screening) Location: Research Pavilion, Suite 169 Facilitators: Barbara Thompson and Yara Asi

In 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer prize; thirty years later shopping malls may have replaced the main street of Maycomb, Alabama, but not even thirty years of Civil Rights laws or the gentrification of ante-bellum estates render this book an anachronism. Harper Lee combines two of the most common themes of Southern writing - a child's recollection of life among eccentrics in a small town seemingly untouched by the twentieth century and the glaring injustice of racial prejudice - to create a contemporary American classic. Join us as we discuss the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as view the critically acclaimed film starring Gregory Peck. Note: Please finish reading the book prior to the first session, as we will be discussing the book in its entirety.

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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.

Completion certificates are available as follows: Diversity Certificate Series – for completing all four modules; ABCs of Discrimination Certificate – for completing all three sessions; Pizza for Peace Certificate– for attending any five sessions; Continuum of Learning Certificate – for completing any four workshops other than those listed above.

S ERVICES 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

Office of Diversity Initiatives Staff Valarie Greene King, Ph.D., Director Michael Freeman, Assistant Director Barbara Thompson, Assistant Director Katie Pomp, Administrative Assistant Carmen Afonso, Executive Secretary

Yara Asi, Program Assistant Lynnsey Hicks, Graduate Assistant Temika Vaughns, Student Assistant Brittany Lane, Student Assistant

Unity Star Spring2011  
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UCFs Office of Diversity Initiatives Unity Star Newsletter, Spring 2011 Edition