How can you get involved?
The Office of Diversity Services provides a range of trainings for faculty, students, and staff. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to host a specific training or collaborate on developing a new training. You can also complete the Request a Training form housed on this site. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks notice for all training requests.
If there is a training that you would like Diversity Services to provide that is not currently listed, please contact our office.
We host a number of "open trainings" throughout the year. These trainings are free and open to all members of the Suffolk community. Register for an open training today.
Race, Racism, & Privilege
In this training, participants will learn about the concepts of race, racism, and privilege. We will expand participants’ definitions of race and racism beyond Black vs. White by challenging the social construction of race and ethnicity and exploring how certain groups of immigrants “became white.” Participants will also discuss how racism and privilege manifest in society through concepts such as internalized racism, horizontal racism, white privilege, and white guilt.
Introduction to Diversity and Social Justice
This training asks participants to expand their notions of the categories that we typically think of as "diverse" and to begin to examine their deeply held ideas and beliefs about people who may be different from themselves. We will provide an introduction to social justice, power, privilege, oppression, access, and intersectionality and discuss how these play out in current events.
Participants will also learn about the intersections of race, class, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and many other social identities, as well as how to act in allyship around identities to which they do not belong.
Safe Zone focuses on increasing awareness and educating participants on key issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community, LGBTQ+ vocabulary, queerphobia, privilege, heterosexism, cissexism, and ally development and building the skills needed to be an active ally and advocate in your daily life. This includes interrupting queerphobia, recognizing power and privilege, and how to facilitate challenging conversations to create necessary change.
In addition to the Safe Zone trainings, we offer specialized trainings on a variety of topics in the LGBTQ+ community, including Safe Zone: Trans 101, Safe Zone: Bi, Pan, and Fluid Identities, and Safe Zone: Queer and Trans People of Color.
All Safe Zone trainings are 2 to 3 hours in length.
Safe Zone: Core Topics
In addition to the core Safe Zone training, The Office of Diversity Services offers several specialized trainings that address the diversity of experiences in LGBTQ+ communities. These trainings are designed to deepen the knowledge, continue the conversation, and support the Suffolk ally community in their ongoing growth and development.
Safe Zone: Queer People of Color focuses on the intersection of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and race in the lives of Queer People of Color. Participants will expand their understanding of the unique challenges this community faces and will develop skills in how to be an ally across difference.
Safe Zone: Trans 101 focuses on the transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming community. Learn about the issues that trans students, faculty, and staff face on the college campus and how you can be a part of creating a more inclusive community for all of us!
Safe Zone: Bi/Pan/Fluid Identities focuses on bisexual, pansexual, and sexually fluid identities. Participants will explore biphobia and how to best create an inclusive campus for students, faculty, and staff with sexual orientations beyond binaries.
Social Justice Interventions: Being an Active Bystander
This training is designed to inform participants about how to be an effectively disrupt and reduce prejudice and discrimination against historically marginalized communities on and off campus. Topics and activities include: review of terminology and safe space creation, social identity exploration, what it means to be an ally, how to identify oppressive behavior/discrimination, active listening, bystander intervention steps and safety.
Disability as Diversity
This training gives participants the opportunity to examine their ideas, myths, and assumptions about people with disabilities and educates them about this diverse community. This training was developed in partnership with The Office of Disability Services.
Yes Means YesJoin the Diversity Peer Educators for a fun, sex positive dialogue on desire, sexuality and empowered, enthusiastic consent. When "no means no" isn't enough to create a culture of consent on campus, how can "yes means yes" help create change? Learn skills for talking with your sexual partner(s) about sex so you can get what you really want or be empowered to define your boundaries. Explore how dynamics of power and privilege impact interpersonal relationships.