Workshops and Training on Cultural Competancy

Body Image and the Media
Define concepts fatphobia, weightism, and body image. Apply an intersectional understanding of how interconnected identities are to our bodies.

Caltech 101
This workshop is focused on creating a shared vocabulary once our first-year students have arrived on campus. The focus is on building a culture of inclusion, drawing on each individual's experiences to understand how they can contribute to inclusion and diversity efforts, and learn more about Caltech resources that are available to them.

Decoding Diversity

Decoding Diversity is an introductory workshop on understanding the fundamentals of diversity and inclusion. We believe that building an inclusive community begins with sharing common definitions of subjective concepts and terms like diversity, inclusion, equity, microaggressions, unconscious bias, privilege, and many others. What do we mean when we commit to cultivating a diverse class of scientists? How do we begin to think about our policies and initiatives as equity, equality, and/or justice driven? What can we do as a community to mitigate our biases and create a campus where we can all thrive and achieve excellence? Cultural Competency at Caltech During a two-hour training, we take participants through identity development and self-awareness, understanding each of our roles in how we perpetuate unconscious bias, developing tools to address microaggressions, navigating the structure of Caltech, and realizing the diverse range of Caltech student experiences.

Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation
Define concepts of cultural appropriation, appreciation, and assimilation and Identify something that has been culturally appropriated. Participants will learn how to take steps to make conscious decisions around appreciation and appropriation.

Critical Race Theory
Participants will be able to define race, racism and Identify components of Critical Race Theory

Diversity Statement Workshop

Many academic positions request a diversity statement as part of the application process. In this interactive workshop, you find out what makes an effective diversity statement, why you need one, and proven tips for writing your own. We also discuss strategies for creating inclusive and productive environments for all students. An overarching aim of the session is to refine your philosophy on diversity and inclusion in an academic setting.

Examining Social Class
Identify what social class you/your family may belong to. Recognize wealth disparities. Explore the impact of class on individual outcomes.

History of Racism in Hollywood
A session to better understand Black Lives Matter and the historical underpinnings of racism in the US. History of Hollywood Learn about the development of the Hollywood area and the film industry. Gain awareness about representation and diversity challenges in the film industry. Have open dialogue around current issues of harassment and assault in Hollywood.

Inclusive Classrooms
During this session, we address strategies to improve your classroom climate & lab dynamics and affect institutional and cultural change. By the end of this session you are able to: 1) Define, understand, and mitigate the presence of stereotype threat and unconscious bias in the classroom and the lab; and 2) Identify positive changes that you can make to your syllabus, student interactions, lab meetings and classroom climate for the success of every student. Inclusive Mentoring From setting up clear expectations to managing emotions as they arise, this workshop is customized for mentors to cultivate emotional intelligence towards creating more inclusive mentoring meetings, check-ins, and groups.
*Also listed in Inclusive Leadership and Management

Multiracial Identity: Outside the Box

Participants will define concepts of race, mixed-race, and multi-racial. They will have the ability to be more critical of how race is applied in society and challenge assumptions about race and ethnicity.
*Also listed in Identity

Social Media and theWorld Wide Web
Identify 3 contemporary social movements. Recognize the role of social media in social movements. Build awareness of how social media can help or hinder social movements

What is Privilege?
Participants explore the meaning of privilege in the United States. Discover and/or acknowledge personal dimensions of privilege, and Identify ways we can best become an ally.
*Also listed in Leadership and Management

What is the Prison Industrial Complex?
Understand the history of the Prison Industrial Complex in the US. Define mass incarceration and articulate how the prison system impacts communities of color.

What is Social Justice?
Define concepts of justice, rights, opportunities, institutions, and social justice and apply a social justice framework to examples in our society like the Black Lives Matter movement.
*Also listed in Identity

Unconscious Bias
This workshop enables participants to generate strategies to improve productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, identify personal bias(es), and learn about unconscious bias. *Also listed in leadership and Management