Diversity and Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi

Diversity Education

About

Diversity education seeks to equip faculty, staff, and students at the University of Mississippi with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes conducive to foster an inclusive climate that values differences among people, celebrates the full spectrum of diversity, works collaboratively towards innovation, and engages in discourse across difference. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the fulfillment of the institutional mission, vision, and values of the University of Mississippi.

The staff members in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, including the staff in the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, are available to provide training for all members of the campus community. The primary facilitator for all trainings is the Project Manager for Diversity Education and Strategic Initiatives.


Curriculum

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has developed a Diversity Education Curriculum that guides the formation of training and educational initiatives to achieve the educational priority of inclusion. For the University of Mississippi, inclusion is defined as authentically bringing the perspectives and contributions of all people to the table, equitably distributing power, and incorporating their needs, assets and perspectives into the design and implementation of processes, policies, activities, and decision-making.

The Diversity Education Curriculum works to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes conducive to:

  • Foster awareness of the full spectrum of diversity, inclusive of visible and invisible aspects of identity.
  • Apply strategies to mitigate barriers to creating inclusive environments.
  • Integrate equity-based practices to institutional processes, policies, and procedures.

The Inclusion Team (iTeam) functions as a proactive educational peer advocacy group that promotes diversity and acceptance at The University of Mississippi. The iTeam will help develop and present educational workshops to promote the awareness, acceptance and necessity for diversity to fellow students. The Inclusion Team will serve as a training and education resource for students.


Requesting Training Workshops

Requests for training can be made by registered student organizations, faculty, staff, departments, academic units, or divisions at the University of Mississippi. Trainings can be facilitated by staff members or trained peer educators (iTeam). Based on the curricular approach, the following trainings are offered to our campus:

  • Search Committee Training 
  • Implicit Bias and Microaggressions Training 
  • Inclusive Advising and Supporting Training 
  • Fostering Inclusive Teams and Environments 
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices 
  • Allies Training 
  • Exploring Gender and Sexuality
  • Customized Training 

Please allow at least 21 days advance notice for requesting a training. Use the link below to make a training request. For more information, please contact diversity@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-2933.

Submit a Request 


Online Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training for Students

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement invites programs, organizations, colleges, and divisions to utilize the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Online Student Training as a resource. If you are interested in providing this training to your group, please contact (662) 915-2933 or diversity@olemiss.edu.

Training Description

Striving for inclusive excellence in higher education can be daunting. The diversity of identities in the student population requires a nuanced approach, yet that nuance is hard to engender in a large student population informed by varying degrees of cultural fluency, perceptions, and preferences.  In order to create a community where students feel safe, included and ready to learn, colleges and universities must examine their diversity programs and provide diversity activities and trainings for their students. This training uses realistic scenarios students can relate to as well as interactive elements that keep learners engaged throughout the course. Students should expect to dedicate at least 45 mins to complete this online training.

 

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