Diversity & Inclusion Education

The University of Delaware’s continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is more important now than ever as our country continues to struggle with the painful history and present impact of racism. As President Assanis stated in his letter to the community, “The University of Delaware unequivocally condemns violence and the racism that fuels it. These incidents stand in stark contrast to our institutional values of diversity, inclusion and respect for others, which are essential to our academic mission of educating global citizens who are dedicated to building a better world.”

The protests that have erupted across the country, ignited by the murder of #GeorgeFloyd in Minneapolis, yet again brings into focus a history of racism that stretches back 400 years in the United States. There can be no doubt that the fear and anger being felt and expressed by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) folks is justified and in no way new. It is simply being televised. Racism is not a new idea, and the structural racism that this country is built upon is beginning to crumble. 

As the Office of Equity & Inclusion, we stand in solidarity with those folks currently making their voices heard. However, thoughts and prayers alone don’t make change, individually or institutionally. Thus, as an office committed to equity and inclusion, we continue our commitment to actively advocate on behalf of BIPOC folks within the UD community and beyond, receive and respond to complaints of racism and all forms of discrimination and harassment within the UD community, elevate the voices of others, and work to develop white allies in the struggle for racial justice. #BlackLivesMatter 

Please review the OEI Remote Resources page for ways to reflect, educate, and engage. 


ABCs of Diversity

Are you confused by diversity? What does that even mean? Does diversity include you? Let’s unpack the buzzword and give it some teeth. This session will explore the nuances of diversity, equity and inclusion and how they relate to our daily lives both in and out of the office. We will give you the language to understand and discuss equity and inclusion and talk about how to most effectively engage and embrace diversity. This is an online podcast available for listening and/or download.

Keys to Intercultural Communication

Have you ever feel like someone just doesn’t get you?  Have you found it difficult to communicate with others in your office? Are you looking for ways to make connections with people that are different from you? Beyond personal differences, culture plays an important role in how we interact with others and how we perceive others actions toward us.  These differences can often lead to confusion or arguments.  Join us as we break down the barriers to intercultural communication.

Dialogues on Diversity

Have you wanted to engage your friends and or colleagues on trending diversity topics or issues?  Do you feel that you may not be properly equipped to engage these kinds of conversations?  We’re here to help!  This session is designed to give participants the foundations of how to have difficult conversations on diversity related issues.  Participants will come to learn more about their own identities and how they intersect with those different from them.  If you are interested in learning and having dialogue various aspects of oppression, this is the course for you!

Allying & Advocating for Others

Are you an ally?  What does that even mean?  If you are interested in the answer to those questions, this is the course for you. Come learn how to be a true ally to others.  We will talk explicitly about your role as an ally and how you can advocate on behalf of others.  Let’s talk about how to use your experiences to help others!

Beyond Title IX: Sex, Gender, and Society

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of sexual misconduct and the underlying societal and cultural influences which lead to sexual misconduct. The University of Delaware is committed to eliminating sexual misconduct within the university community, and to educating university community members on the nuances of the sexual misconduct policy. On a broad level, this issue continues to be of concern to university administrators and faculty members across the country, and our goal is to provide you with the tools to fully understand and support the policy in your individual work environments.

Who Am I? Identity and Intersectionality

Who are you?  No, who are you REALLY? Have you heard the term intersectionality and wondered what it meant? This session is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about various aspects of your identity and identify how they intersect.  This workshop will help you take a holistic view of how one’s various identifies affects you and the people around you.

Unintentional Bias: The Context of Discrimination

This workshop analyzes the subtle ways that racial, ethnic, gender and sex biases inhibit a positive and inclusive campus environment.  The training provides participants with strategies on increasing awareness of microaggressions and how to mitigate the effects of unintentional biases.

Understanding Bias Throughout Your Career

When you come to work, do you think you leave your biases at the door? Do you check your personal baggage or carry it on? During this session, we will take a closer look at how biases affect us throughout every stage of our careers and discuss how we can mitigate the impact of those biases.

Wrestling with Privilege

Why can’t you just pull yourself up by your bootstraps? Does a level playing field exist? Why can’t we all just get along? That was then, this is now.  This workshop will explore the historical roots of privilege and oppression, and give you a chance to learn a bit more about what the information your history books left out!

Understanding White Privilege

I worked hard for everything I have today! We elected a Black President, right?  It’s time for us to demystify and destigmatize the term “White privilege”. This workshop will help participants understand what it is, what it isn’t, and how we can all shift our focus from blame and guilt to social change and responsibility. (Wrestling with the P-Word- prerequisite for attendance)

Understanding Male Privilege

He’s assertive. She’s bossy. He’s motivated. She’s overbearing. There’s no question that gender stereotypes influence each of us on a daily basis. This workshop will help participants begin to unpack the realities of male privilege, and how those ideologies negatively impact everyone. It’s not about blame. It’s about awareness and change! (Wrestling with the P-Word- prerequisite for attendance)

Understanding Heterosexual Privilege

Sexual identity and gender identity allow us to understand ourselves and the world around us. They also limit some and advantage others. It’s time for us to move beyond the basics, and begin to understand how many of the modes of thinking and behaving that we take for granted ultimately create a heteronormative standard. Come break down heterosexual privilege with us, and think about how we can make subtle changes to our daily actions for a significant impact! (Wrestling with the P-Word- prerequisite for attendance)

Social Justice Action Planning

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the ideas of race, racism, oppression, and whiteness. We will explore tangible means of taking action for social justice goals.

Engaging in Courageous Social Justice Conversations

This workshop will prepare individuals to engage in individual and collective dialogue around social justice topics. Our goal is to better prepare individuals to facilitate worthwhile and productive conversations with others in their communities and begin the process of unlearning that is necessary to understand and take action against systemic racism and white supremacy. If  you are thinking of facilitating further dialogue in your teams, units, friend circles, and beyond, this is a great place to start! 

Request Customized Training

If your office or department has specific multicultural programming and training needs, we would be happy to discuss them with you. If you require disability-related accommodations to access this information, please contact Disability Support Services at 302-831-4643 or via email at dssoffice@udel.edu.
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