Through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the EMPOWER Diversity Peer Educators can offer 1 or more of the following presentations in your UNIV 101 class. Each presentation will follow the presentation outline provided below, but can be tailored to focus on more specific topics related to diversity. Instructors may select a topic area to focus on when scheduling this presentation in Tutor Trac, or may choose to focus on diversity in general.
Celebrating Differences while Creating Community
This presentation covers the basics of diversity. What is diversity? Who is diverse? Why is diversity so important? And finally, what does diversity at USC look like? This presentation mixes the basics of diversity with ways we can celebrate our human differences. Participants interact through dialogue and activities to learn more about their classmates and how they relate to their USC peers and beyond!
Choose Your Attitude
This session will allow students in a non-confrontational and experiential manner to discover their own biases and beliefs, as well as begin to discover their own identity. Additionally, the session will provide students a safe environment in which they can see how their biases and beliefs may impact their decisions as well inform their interactions with others in their roles as leaders in their community.
Conflict and Listening: Opposing Diodes
This workshop focuses on communication allows students to learn essential techniques to address crucial conversations around issues of diversity and social justice without entering into a place of blame and judgment; thus alienating the audience. This is accomplished with an emphasis upon the entering into dialogue; not argument.
The EMPOWER presentations support University 101 learning outcomes:
III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World
a. Examine how their background and experiences impact their values and assumptions and explain the influence these have on their relationships with others.
Throughout EMPOWER’s presentations, discussion and activities focus on gaining a deeper understanding of one’s self while developing an understanding for the community that surrounds them.
b.Describe concepts of diversity and recognize diverse perspectives.
In all three of EMPOWER’s presentations, discussion is focused around gaining a better understanding of diversity in an individual’s life and surrounding community. Throughout this, participants will examine the diverse perspectives of others in their class, campus community, and the world that surrounds them.
c. Describe and demonstrate principles of responsible citizenship within and beyond the campus community.
Throughout EMPOWER’s presentations, participants are challenged to learn about the community around them and discuss ways to act as a responsible citizen by making an impact on their community.
As a result of attending this presentation students will:
- Be able to define diversity and identify core examples of what it encompasses.
- Be able to explain how they personally contribute to the diversity at USC.
- Demonstrate the ability to recognize blatant prejudice and discrimination.
- Be able to differentiate between celebrating our human differences and stereotyping individuals based on those differences.
- Be able to identify campus resources where they may learn more about diversity and multiculturalism.
- Brief Deinhibitizor/ Icebreaker
- Building of a Full-Value Contract
- Group will establish expectations and norms for the presentation.
- ctivity Based on Chosen Presentation
- Processing and Debriefing using Gibb's Model of Reflection
Upcoming Events and Campus/Community Resources
50 minutes or 75 minutes