Education & Trainings

The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers diversity education workshops that utilize race as a core identity and examine intersectionality through that lens. It is our goal to dialogue, engage and challenge inequities that are represented in our multicultural world. OMA provides trainings/sessions that are tailored to connect and educate authentically with our JHU community.

Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity

Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (SEED) is a group of undergraduate students trained to enhance campus climate through programs which promote living, functioning and navigating effectively in diverse and inclusive communities. SEED utilizes a variety of programmatic structures to achieve the goal of educating and empowering participants around issues of cultural knowledge and responsibility.

The SEED team consists of undergraduate students representing diverse backgrounds with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic, religion/faith, political ideology and other identities. In addition, SEED provides one program each month on one of the concentrated diversity areas; as well as collaborations with other student groups/organizations.

We are currently recruiting SEED Educators to become a part of the premier team of diversity, equity and inclusion student initiative/organization on campus. Our application can be accessed here. The deadline for the application is November 16th by 11:59pm. Individual Interviews will be scheduled with applicants thereafter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at oma@jhu.edu.

SEED offers the following trainings to student groups/organizations at a minimum 1.5-2 hour block:

Applying Identity

An interactive training that helps students to identify their primary identities, attach values to those identities and then solve a scenario using that information.

The More You Know, The More You Grow

A training designed for students to understand bias, privilege, micro- aggressions and triggers that are exhibited in everyday life.

Poverty Simulation

An interactive experience in which participants navigate in created scenarios designed around utilization of personal finances to manage life experiences (two-hour minimum).

April 4th, 1968, the American freedom fighter and standard bearer for equality, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain in Memphis, Tennessee after traveling there to help organize the sanitation workers strike.

The cause was for fair living wages and better working conditions. It is indeed in many ways a fight that is continuing fifty years later. Homelessness, wage gaps, unfair lending practices and an inadequate healthcare system among other living inequities, keeps everyday, hardworking Americans on the fight for a decent and successful future for them and their families.

Often, we do not think about how everyday decisions on how we spend or cannot spend impacts our ultimate quality of life.

OMA challenges you to participate in a short poverty simulation created by The Urban Ministries of Durham and nameforchange.org.

Click here to participate in this quick virtual Poverty Simulation.

Facilitated Discussions

SEED students are trained to facilitate discussions with groups of students around culturally sensitive topics.

If your organization has a specific area of interest, please contact OMA at oma@jhu.edu. The SEED Team will need a minimum of two weeks, with the exception of a facilitated discussion around a current event, to plan your program effectively.

Trainings

OMA offers several trainings throughout the semester, including:

“Managing Bias Through a Race Lens: A workshop designed to retrain the bias mindset”

This training will provide participants an opportunity to look at biases through a racialized perspective. Belief systems can contribute to and perpetuate inequities and they may have a bias based on race/ethnicity. This training would delve into biases that are embedded within historical, societal, community normatives and how we can address and acknowledge these biases. We offer interventions to respond to issues of inequity and create transformative examples of impacting environments effectively.