Diversity Trainings

In an effort to strengthen our understandings of inclusion, equity, justice, and inclusive excellence, ISLSI offers training to all UMB students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Currently, we can provide the following trainings at your request:

Avoiding Microaggressions at Work and School: This session defines microaggressions, provides attendees with tools and resources to combat microaggressions, and allows attendees the opportunity to practice responding to microaggressions as well as recover from committing a microaggression.  

Gender Diversity: Understanding the spectrum of gender and how to be an ally to gender nonconforming people can seem confusing. However, this session will teach you about gender and how you can best support gender-diverse individuals.

Gender Pronouns: Learning how to use gender inclusive pronouns can be an important step in being a better ally. In this workshop we will explore gender diversity and how you can break away from only using “he” and ‘she” when interacting with gender-diverse people.

LGBT+ 101: Start the journey to becoming a better LGBT+ ally by attending this informative workshop. We will provide all attendees with a basic level of knowledge related to LGBT+ terms, sexual identities, and gender diversity. With this information, participants will be better prepared to serve and support LGBT+ individuals. 

Type & Communication Style: How does your communication style impact those around you? This session will use the Myers-Briggs type indicator to help participants become more aware of the differences in communication styles (fee required to issue Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment).

Safety Pin Initiative: The Safety Pin Initiative is an eight-session curriculum composed of short lectures and activities focused on introducing faculty and staff to various components of allyship. This initiative will help faculty and staff continue gaining cultural competence through interactive discussions, assignments, and guided reflections. Some of the topics discussed will include allyship, implicit bias, microaggressions, privilege, and inclusive excellence.

The Poverty Simulation: This is a 2.5-hour simulation designed to help participants begin to understand the challenges of a navigating everyday life as a member of a low-income family over four simulated weeks. 

Intercultural Competence Assessment: This session introduces participants to their group's capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Individuals results also are available (fee required to issue Intercultural Development Inventory assessment).

To inquire about our current offerings or to suggest possible trainings, please email islsi@umaryland.edu