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Campus of Difference

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, the Student Programs Office, and the Office of Residential Life have been trained in anti-bias education by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  BAIC has crafted cultural competency workshops based on an ADL curriculum, for Residential Life staff and students, as well as registered student organizations (RSOs).

Program Contact: Tiffany Enos, Assistant Director

Cultural Competency 101: Fundamentals and Foundations

This workshop will introduce students to basic concepts of anti-bias education.  Understanding anti-bias concepts helps to start building the foundation for cultural competency and social justice.  Students will engage in activities that explore their own social identities, and the power and privilege that come with those identities.

But I Don’t “See” Color: A Real Discussion on Race

People receive messages about race in our society from a very early age.  This workshop will give students an opportunity to explore and discuss those messages.  They will get the chance to engage in media and discussions that explore a variety of perspectives on issues of race and racism.

It’s All about the Money: Dealing with Social Class at BC

The BC student population contains a wide variety of socioeconomic class identities.  Students are often unaware of the influence class has on their interactions with one another and the community in general.  This workshop will explore the impact of class and the way it affects other identities. 

Say What?! : A Workshop on Communicating across Cultures

Culture is a term that is often applied broadly and vaguely.  This workshop will look at how culture is formed, what it means, and how we can best communicate across cultural divides.  Students will look at how the various cultures they belong to, and how those interact with each other, and the cultures of those around them.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in the Campus of Difference Workshops students will be able to:

  •  Define culture and explain the ways it manifests in society
  •  Explain the links between cultural identity and values
  •  Identify experiences that have consciously or unconsciously shaped their identity, assumptions about other people and  their world view.
  •  Define specific terms related to prejudice and discrimination
  •  Name some of their own cultural knowledge gaps and the effect of these knowledge gaps on their interactions with  others.
  •  Articulate the multiple perspectives that exist in any situation and the potential for one's perspective to influence  perceptions and behaviors
  •  Explain the impact of bias behaviors in interpersonal and inter-group relationships
  •  Develop and use a variety of responses to challenge bias incidents
  •  Assess the dynamics of specific bias incidents and select appropriate responses.
  •  Explain different levels of power and privilege that are associated with group membership


Program Event Dates: TBD