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Professional & Para-Professional Staff Development on Diversity

As a student life division and holistic educators, we partner with students through their development in academic and experiential learning, civic leadership and career development, diversity and inclusion, and wellness. In order to partner with students through their development in diversity and inclusion, we commit to furthering our own understanding and development in diversity education and cultural competency.

The purpose of the Professional & Para-Professional Staff Development on Diversity is to create diversity education and cultural competency training (as well as a means of assessment) for both professional and para-professional staff.


Current Trainings Offered to Lewis & Clark College Staff

Intergroup Dialogue

Intergroup Dialogue is an eight-week sustained dialogue for staff members in the division of Student Life at Lewis & Clark. Intergroup Dialogue and its high impact is grounded in curriculum and 25 years of developed research. This experience will offer an opportunity for personal reflection and growth, conversations across and about difference, and a social justice knowledge base that will assist in facilitating dialogue with students. Participants can expect to explore topics which include, but are not limited, ability status, gender expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status of origin. 

Mission Statement: Intergroup Dialogue seeks to engage student life staff in building a more socially just and inclusive community through sustained and meaningful dialogue.
Purpose: The purpose of intergroup dialogue is to “normalize” cultural conversations in order for student life staff to develop efficacy and increase their capacity as educators.

Learning Outcomes: After participating in Intergroup Dialogue, student life staff will:
  • have an increased awareness of issues of diversity and social justice
  • gain a better understanding of own’s own identity and other’s identities
  • effectively communicate about and across difference
  • develop efficacy in working with diverse people and groups
  • understand where one can find resources (on and off campus)
We currently hold IGD sessions on Race & Ethnicity, Gender Identity & Sexuality, and Socioeconomic Status. We are in development for a session about Ability. 
Online Education: Intercultural Connections
Intercultural Connections is distinct from our other series, Intergroup Dialogue (IGD). While IGD is set up for participants to meet face to face for an hour every week and engage in interpersonal sharing about specific social identities, we recognize that it is a significant scheduling commitment that is not feasible for everyone in the division. Intercultural Connections is a combination of in-person and online meetings designed to be more accessible and with the aim to further develop awareness around specific issues pertinent to diversity and inclusion while building connections with colleagues.
The first series about Unconscious Bias launched in Fall 2016, and will return in Fall 2017. 


Intergroup Dialogue Research

Organizations and Professional Development Opportunities (Please Click Link for Full List)

  • Safe Zone For All
  • We Are Family
  • Scouting For All

Suggested Readings (Please Click Link for full book list)

  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Sexism, Classism, Anti-Semitism, Heterosexism, and Ableism (ISBN:0415926343)
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Trainers (ISBN:0415910579)
  • It’s the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races (ISBN:0156013487)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race
  • One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race (ISBN:0742976289)
  • I Write What I like: Selected Writings (ISBN:0226048977)
  • Two Nations: Black & White, Hostile, Separate, and Unequal (ISBN:0743238249)
  • Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations (ISBN:0415925320)
  • White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (ISBN:0415935830)
  • Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (ISBN:0742516334)

Looking for more? Check out Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement’s list of Resources.