University 101 Programs

Stacking the D.E.C.K (Diversity Education & Community Knowledge)

Presentation Abstract
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs' "Stacking the D.E.C.K. (Diversity Education & Community Knowledge)" presentation is designed to introduce students to the core concepts of diversity, including an overview of the various identities as well as a discussion on the intersection of identities and experiences. This presentation is a mix of both lecture and activity to ensure all content is being adequately communicated. Finally, this presentation will conclude with a call to action and tips for how students can challenge intolerance in solidarity with the Carolinian Creed to create a more welcoming community for all Gamecocks!

University 101 Learning Outcomes

III a) Clarify their values and identity and articulate how these shape their perspectives and relationships with people who are similar to and different from themselves.

Throughout our presentation, discussion and activities focus on gaining a deeper understanding of one’s self while developing an understanding of the community that surrounds them. An emphasis of this workshop will also include beginning to understand one's identity in relation to the community around them.

II b) Develop positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.

Throughout this workshop, participants will explore the perspectives of others in their class, campus community, and the world that surrounds them in a safe and nurturing environment. This should allow for space for students to share in a safe, yet challenging environment.

III b) Explore the tenets of the Carolinian Creed.

Throughout our presentation, participants are challenged to learn about the community around them as well as how to be active citizens in our democracy and how to uphold the values of our university community.

Presentation Learning Outcomes
As a result of the presentation, students will:
-Be able to define diversity and identify core examples within themselves of what it encompasses
-Demonstrate the ability to recognize & combat blatant prejudice and discrimination
-Be able to identify campus resources where they may learn more about diversity and multiculturalism

Presentation Outline
• Introductions of Students & DPEs
o Students introduce themselves and talk about their reasons for committing to come to USC and to be a DPE
• Building Community Norms & Values
o The creation of a full value contract, a community-led discussion about mutual expectations to have during the course of our workshop, binding this in with the Carolinian Creed’s values.
• Core Concepts of Diversity
o Using the Holistic Being as a model, we will have a conversation regarding the different aspects of our own identities and how this impacts our experiences. Some of these categories of identities that we cover are the differences between race & ethnicity as well as sex & gender, as well as socioeconomic status, education status, ability status, belief structure, age, country of origin, and regionalism.
o We will also cover during this time the idea of intersections of identity, that the sum of all of our identities, in addition to our unique experiences, create our own personal diversity; thus we are all diverse.
• Overview of Statistics and Demographics of the USC Student Body
• Spectrum Activity
o Open-ended questions will be posed to the students in regards to contemporary hot topics related to diversity. The students will be challenged to share their views and opinions. The students will move themselves to visually represent the diversity of opinions in the classroom, while verbally engaging in facilitated dialogue within their classroom community.
o Processing of this activity.
 Sample Questions
• Was this an easy activity?
• What was easy?
• What wasn't easy
• What did you learn through this process?
• Upcoming Events and Campus & Community Resources (Events will be current and updated)
• Community Resources
o Study Abroad
o International Student Services
o Harriet Hancock Center
o Interfaith Initiatives at USC
o Questions

Presentation Length
50 minutes; 75 minutes;

Presenter Training
The facilitators, our Diversity Peer Educators go through a day of training in the spring and a half day workshop in the Fall before going into the classroom. We have a comprehensive training system that covers both facilitation and classroom management, as well as content specific training so that our presenters have the skills and knowledge to create a learning experience in the classroom. Moreover, the DPEs have monthly sessions with OMSA staff to cover things that are going on in the classroom to ensure a productive experience for both the DPEs and the U101 students.