Woodrick Center's Workshops and Trainings

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion provides tools that help promote a greater and deeper understanding of others, their cultures and customs. Businesses, educational and health care institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations benefit from an informed employee base able to consider multiple perspectives and address conflicts with a conscious intentional process.  The Woodrick Center is able to provide custom designed workshops in the following areas:

BOUNDARIES IN THE WORKPLACE

How do you know where to draw the line in relationships, roles and responsibilities?  Participants will begin to address this issue by exploring methods of respecting and protecting other’s boundaries in the workplace.  

BUILDING CULTURAL AGILITY         

According to many global experts including Culture Catch in Switzerland, “Cultural Agility enables you to adapt your style to communicate, negotiate, and build trust in cultures different from your own.”  Participants will experiment cultural agility with relevant workplace communication examples.

CHOOSING CIVILITY

What does it mean to be civil in today’s changing world?  How do we continue to maintain and promote civility in the workplace?  Civility betters our lives and provides a safe working environment for everyone. 

FACILITATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS 

Facilitation is more than discussion. Genuine facilitation requires listening, understanding and guiding the dialogue process. But when you reflect on all of our assumptions, biases, unspoken emotions and behavioral idiosyncrasies, this can seem almost impossible. 

GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE                          

Never before have we had four generations of people together in the workplace.  Because of this shift in employee demographics, the need to create safe places to discuss generational differences is vital.  Essential to the Generational Diversity in the Workplace workshop are interactive activities and small group dialogue.

GLOBAL LEADERS

A program for high school and college students that builds awareness of global culture and inclusion, and develops facilitation and public speaking skills.  The program also promotes students designing and delivering presentations to other students, and examining conflict management skills.

SOCIAL AGREEMENTS…AN INTENTIONAL APPROACH              

Whether you are leading a classroom, a small group meeting, or managing a project, the Social Agreement approach will assist you in an intentional process of building and defining inclusive principles, guidelines and consequences for social behaviors.  Do not play the expectation guessing game in regard to appropriate social behaviors. 

UNINTENTIONAL BIAS IN THE HIRING PROCESS                                                                            

Numerous studies show that our unconscious is dictating our decisions.  These unconscious decisions impact our decisions at work.  The biases we carry may not be limited to visible differences but may extend to other assumptions and associations such as the way a person speaks (tone, volume, and accent) or prior personal knowledge or acquaintance. 

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP

Leaders or emerging leaders explore characteristics of Inclusive Leadership and what it means to them. They will also examine national trends in regard to inclusive leadership, and traits directly related to Cultural Agility:  Knowledge of Culture, Cognitive Empathy and Building Belonging.

INSTITUTE FOR HEALING RACISM:  two-day format 

Participants engage in an exploration of the origins of the construct of race and racism, and increase critical thinking proficiency regarding contemporary racial, ethnic and cultural issues.  The workshop also includes strategizizing action steps around anti-racism conduct.

THE MISREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN MEDIA

Participants recognize the negative effects of contemporary body image, and become more aware of media influence.  They will also have a better understanding of the difference in body image between and among cultures, and explore tools to combat negative aspects of current body image perceptions.

 

To register or for more information, contact Tamber Bustance: 616-234-3390 or tbustance@grcc.edu.