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Upcoming EventsCall Dianne Alexander at (864) 294-3094 to register for any of these workshops. ***Many of these workshops will be approved for CLP credit***
TBA Courageous Conversations: 2-hours
Description: An introduction to diversity at Furman. Participants will explore an area of diversity in which they would like to gain greater understanding. Participants will also explore the impact of stereotypes.
Description: The NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) team at Furman University invites you to have a courageous conversation about (specific diversity issue). Sample topics include: racial identity, religious tolerance, gender/sexuality issues. Students will be lead through an interactive controversial issues model that includes discussion groups and results in the creation of an essential question and action steps.
Safe Zone Workshops: 2-hours
Description: The Safe Zone program is designed to foster a welcoming and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students, faculty, and staff by creating a visible network of effective allies.
Mix it Up Day: A simple call to action: take a new seat in the DH. By making the move, students can cross the lines of division, meet new people and make new friends.
Description: The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is a nonprofit leadership development organization based in
Washington, D.C. has an NCBI team that takes a proactive approach to combating intergroup conflicts by encouraging dialogue on controversial and divisive issues and by teaching effective bridge-building skills. This event is designed to break down barriers of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other group identities in the Furman community and beyond. It is hands-on and interactive. Through directed discussion, students will identify stereotypes and misconceptions about groups other than their own; they will also learn principles of engagement by which they can intervene in real-life situations to deal with prejudicial remarks and jokes in a productive way. Furman University
For more information or to request a workshop, please contact our director, Idella Glenn, either by e-mail or by phone at 294-3104.
History of Carolina NCBI Diversity Training Coalition
The seeds for the NCBI Carolina Diversity Training Coalition were planted when three Student Affairs staff members at
The Clemson Affiliate formed a partnership with several area schools and applied for an Alliance 2020 Grant to fund another 3-Day Train-the-Trainer in the Fall of 2000. The purpose of this training was to assist these area schools in establishing their own NCBI affiliates. The additional schools were:
Since this initial training, the Coalition has sponsored four additional train-the-trainers to grow the teams and allow other colleges and universities to bring NCBI to their campuses. SC State University hosted a Train-the-Trainer in the summer of 2001.
The Carolina Coalition now consists of eight schools which have established NCBI Affiliates on their campuses:
With strong support from Robert Dungey from the National organization, the Carolina NCBI Diversity Training Coalition continues to grow and thrive. Altheia Richardson and Idella Glenn now serve on the national leadership Team for NCBI Campus programs, which provides advice to Cherie Brown, the founder of NCBI.
The Carolina NCBI Diversity Training Coalition meets three times per year. The meeting location is rotated from institution to institution. Most coalition members are within two hours of the meetings.
The host institution communicates with the Coalition representatives prior to each Coalition meeting to obtain attendance figures and to give directions. They also provide the packets for the Coalition meeting, which includes an agenda, nametag, and sometimes information about their respective institution. The host institution also provides snacks and lunch.
The Coalition Meetings usually take place from 10am to 2pm. This includes time for lunch, which is usually some type of boxed lunch which allows the meeting to continue.
The meetings provide an opportunity for members to get to know each other on a more personal basis. The goals is to insure that no school is operating in isolation. The time is used to share what is going well on the respective campuses as well as any challenges. As challenges are discussed, participants also try to come up with suggestions for overcoming the challenges. One of the greatest challenges is financial resource. Teams are beginning to figure out how to share resources and better support each other.
At the end of each Coalition Meeting, "Next Steps" for the Coalition are discussed. This allows an opportunity to brainstorm together about future projects and trainings.
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