The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion provides a range of trainings and workshops. 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 our Training Request Form. We also host a number of "open trainings" throughout the year. These trainings are free and open to all members of the Suffolk community.

If there is a training that you would like the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion to provide that is not currently listed, please contact our office.

Check below for descriptions of all of the trainings CSDI currently offers.


  • Introduction to Diversity & Social Justice

    Training Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

    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.

  • Race, Racism, & Privilege

    Training Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

    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.

  • Safe Zone

    Training Length: 2-3 hours

    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.

  • 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.

    Training Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

    Safe Zone: Queer & Trans People of Color focuses on the intersection of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and race in the lives of Queer & Trans 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, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Identities 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, and 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.

  • Bias Intervention: Standing Up for Social Justice

    Training Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

    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.

  • Self-Care & Social Justice

    Training Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

    Join us for a workshop dedicated to preventing burnout in this age of non-stop activity. Self-care is a radical, feminist act and is imperative to doing social justice work. This workshop will guide you through creating a personal self-care plan to best allocate your time and energy towards causes you care about and empower you to put yourself high up on your priority list so you can best serve others as well. Let's create a socially just world and take care of ourselves in the process!   

  • Yes Means Yes

    Join 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.