University 101 Programs




Choose Your Attitude! Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

A candle loses no light by lighting another. ~ Unknown

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.

Learning Outcomes 
The Choose Your Attitude! presentation supports University 101 goal

III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World 
As a result of this presentation, students will:

  • The participant will become more aware of their own attitudes, biases, and beliefs.
  • The participant will experience the impact their attitudes, biases, and beliefs have on his/her own decisions and interactions with others.
  • Be able to explain how they personally contribute to the diversity at USC.

  • Be able to identify campus resources where they may learn more about diversity and multiculturalism.

Program Description 
The program is slated to run 50 minutes, but can easily be extended to an hour and fifteen minute class period as well. Presenters for this program include at least one professional staff member and 1 to 2 EMPOWER Diversity Peer Educators. All presenters will have training in facilitation skills based on the Anti-Defamation League: A World of Difference program. The presentation opens with a deinhibitizor to get everyone in the same mindset; the building of a Full-Value Contract then rolls into an interactive activity followed by a space for processing and dialogue. We will close with a Q & A on campus resources and upcoming events.

For complete information on the different presentations OMSA offers in Diversity & Social Justice Education please visit: http://www.sa.sc.edu/omsa/files/2010/05/OMSA-Workshops1.pdf

Follow up activities. Activities or lesson plan materials that the instructors may use to further assess students understanding of the material

  • Journal Prompts.
    • How do my challenge roommate and my dream roommate compare? Where do they overlap? Where do they differ? Whom do these “people” relate to in my everyday life.

  • Formal Paper Prompts or Assignments
    • Write a research paper on the effect that bias has had on an aspect of history. 

  • Discussion Questions
    • Have the students interview someone that stretches them as to whom they feel comfortable talking to and come back and share this learning and experience with the class.

  • Reflection Items
    • How has this changed how I view people whom are different than myself?