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Curricular Diversity Workshops

Partnering with academic units across the university, The Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change​ provides interactive, experiential and dialogical experiences in the classroom to enhance students' understanding of diversity relative to curricular content. These educational experiences can be scheduled by any faculty or staff member involved in facilitating a curricular experience using our online request form. Some extended, strategic collaborations include:

  • Working with the Office of New Student and Family Engagement to implement "Understanding Diversity and Culture" workshops in every Chicago Quarter class; and
  • Working with the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning to implement "Cultural Values and Conflict" workshops in service-learning courses.

If you are interested in scheduling a curricular workshop for your students, please review our current menu of curricular workshop offerings, and submit an email request to Michael Riley, coordinator in the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change at mriley21@depaul.edu.

Please allow at least 3-4 weeks between requesting a workshops and your first preferred workshop date. All workshops are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis pending facilitator availability.

Common Hour Workshops

The Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change​ partners with the Office of First Year Programs and the Office for New Student and Family Engagement to provide a high quality, introductory experience for first year students during their fall Chicago Quarter courses. As Chicago Quarter Mentors and their teaching teams prepare for this module, the Center in here to support you in two ways:

Option A: Request a guest speaker from the Center to facilitate a workshop!

The Center has numerous staff, including 7 Social Justice Advocates (SoJAs for short; formerly called Dialoguing Demon Facilitators) with over 30 hours of diversity and social justice facilitation training, to serve as a guest speaker for your diversity and social justice common hour lesson. With experience facilitating over 200 workshops every academic year, we are happy to work with you to facilitate this experience with your students. The process couldn’t be simpler:

  • Work with your teaching team to determine 3 possible dates / times that you would like us to come to your class to facilitate this workshop
  • Complete a workshop request form via orgsync here
  • A representative from the Center will review your request and respond within 1-5 business days.

Option B: Request a peer "life-line" co-facilitator for your lesson plan!

Feeling nervous leading a conversation about diversity? Have one of our Social Justice Advocates be there with you as a support person to lead specific activities or discussion you feel less confident about. The process is the same as above and just as simple:

  • Work with your teaching team to determine 3 possible dates / times that you would like a SoJA to be with you for your diversity and social justice lesson plan
  • Complete a request form via orgsync here
  • A representative from the Center will review your request and respond within 1-5 business days.

Option C: Request a prep meeting to prepare for your lesson plan!

For Chicago Quarter mentors who wish to implement the workshop on their own, Center staff are available to meet with you to prepare for these sessions including everything from activity facilitation tips to brainstorming how to integrate this session into the broader them of your course. All you need to do is email Scott Tharp, Associate Director in the Center for Intercultural Programs, at dtharp1@depaul.edu with the dates and times you are available to meet. Scott will be sure to respond within 1-5 business days.

We look forward to working together to ensure successful diversity and social justice conversations in your Chicago Quarter courses! If you have any questions, please contact Scott Tharp at dtharp1@depaul.edu.