Cultural Diversity Immersion Workshop Series (CDI)

Cultural Diversion Immersion

Do you want to learn more about race and racial identity? Together, let’s explore and go deeper on how race and other social identities factor into how each of us exist in every space we learn and build community in, especially at USF. The Cultural Diversity Immersion series offers a series of workshops where you can participate with other USF students like you, who are interested in learning more about and reflecting on race, and being in dialogue with each other about all the social identities that make up every person. Through participating in these workshops, you will be able to build yourself up as a leader and change-maker for racial and social justice on campus and beyond.

Workshop Session Schedule

TIME Workshop Session  Zoom
July 26, 3-4:30pm Personal Identity (First Year Students) Zoom
 July 28, 3-4:30pm Cultural Awareness (First Year Students) Zoom
July 30, 3-4:30pm Social Justice Concepts (First Year Students) Zoom
 Aug 16, 10-11:30am Personal Identity (Second Year Students) Zoom
Aug 17, 10-11:30am Cultural Awareness (Second Year Students) Zoom
 Aug 18, 10-11:30am Social Justice Concepts (Second Year Students) Zoom
TBD Understanding Privilege Zoom
TBD Dialogue for Change Zoom
TBD Questioning and Unlearning Language Zoom

First Year Student Sessions (July)

  • RSVP opens on Monday, June 21 and needs to be submitted by Friday, July 16. Limited registrations available based on workshop size, and may close before July 16 based on capacity

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Second Year Student Sessions (August) - a part of Second Year Welcome Week

  • RSVP opens on Monday, June 28 and needs to be submitted by Friday, August 13. Limited registrations available based on workshop size, and may close before August 13 based on capacity. These workshops are being offered as a part of the Second Year Welcome Week programming.

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Badge 1: Identity Awareness 

The Cultural Diversity Immersion Series workshops brings students together to enhance their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the areas of cultural diversity and social justice to prepare them to be change-makers on campus and in the future. The Identity Awareness Badge is earned by completing all three workshops in the Identity Awareness segment. 

Who are you? Where are you from? Let’s make space to think through these questions together. In this workshop we will discuss our identities in relationship to race, gender, sexuality, and other social group identities. Learn the importance of personal identity reflection and how that impacts the ways we engage with others.

How do people understand you? What do people not get about you? So much of who we are is hard to understand by those who don’t share our identities. This workshop will build your awareness of how we are shaped by our racial, cultural, and social influences. Expand your worldview, and learn to understand others’ perspectives through discussion and a hands-on creative activity.

How do we learn, what are we taught, and how do we unintentionally reinforce racialized systems? This interactive workshop will have participants build their own definitions of social justice and expand their understanding of equality, equity, liberation, and inclusion. Gain the ability to define and explain key social justice terminology and concepts with a racial justice lens, and how they apply to other social identities.

Badge 2: Interpersonal Engagement

 The Interpersonal Engagement Badge  is earned by completed 2 of the 3 workshop in this category and the workshops focus on identities, power dynamics, and communication styles.

Have you examined how your privileges can impact others? And is the system set up for you to not recognize that? We will discuss white privilege and anti-blackness through the lens of intersectionality, and how we can use our privileged identities in allyship. The workshop will use creative activities as a framework to discuss how privilege exists within individuals and groups, and how systems perpetuate privilege in the United States.

Have conversations about racial justice left you feeling frustrated or angry? How can we find more ways to be in dialogue with people who share different perspectives and identities? The workshop will explore a racially-just approach to communication. Learn how to identify and navigate your emotions and how to negotiate the impact of being socialized within a culture of white supremacy.

Do you notice when your words or behavior exclude people? What does it mean to have an inclusive mindset around race and other social groups? Language is a powerful tool that can include and exclude. As language changes, it is important that we grow with it. Learn to question your language choices through brainstorming, sharing knowledge, and dialogue.

Badge 3: In Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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