Faculty, staff members begin Train the Champion diversity and inclusion program

CWRU train the champion members
Bottom Row (from left): Yovonda Rease, Corrie Zimerla, Shawndia Fields, Gena Richmann; Second Row (from left): Rosalind Sharp, Ashleigh Wade-Ndoye, Candice Storey, Tora Williams; Third Row (from left): Dedra Hanna-Adams, Derek Humphrey, Anne DeChant, Todd Wojtkowski; Fourth Row (from left): Matthew Smith, Katie Keane, Nate Kruse, Edna Wade; Top Row (from left): Amanda Petrak, Bonnie West, Andrea Webb; Not Pictured: Debora Pruitt

The fourth cohort of Train the Champion inclusion and diversity program is underway. In January, the group of faculty and staff members learned about the Safe Zone program through the LGBT Center, team-building and diversity.

The cohort will meet 11 more times throughout the year. The remaining topics that will be discussed during these 90-minute sessions are:

  • February: “Living in and out of Privilege”
  • March: “Religion in the Workplace”
  • April: “Let’s Talk About It: Micro-Aggressions”
  • May: “Not Just Skin Deep: The Psychological Construction of Race”
  • May: “Safe Zone Final Session”
  • June: “Field trip to the Malls Museum”
  • August: “Sexual Misconduct Policy”
  • September: “Taking the ‘Dis’ Out of Disability”
  • October: “Experiencing Generational Differences”
  • October: “Bystander Training”
  • November: “Final Session”

The primary goal of Train the Champion is to create an inclusive environment on campus and to develop “champions” for diversity who will advance the cause through their daily interactions, as well as through their involvement in diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Availability of the 2015 Train the Champion applications will be announced in The Daily next October and on the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity’s website.