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For Staff and Faculty:

Below is a sampling of the workshops we can offer to you and/or your colleagues. We prefer the opportunity to speak with you and to cater an appropriate workshop for your specific needs. To request a workshop or to schedule a meeting to discuss your needs, please email bic@rochester.edu.

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For Students:

Below is a sampling of the workshops we offer for you that count towards the Medallion Leadership Program. To see when these are offered, please register online via the CCC. 


Ally Bootcamp

Learn to walk to back-up your ally talk. Do you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQ community or would you like to be an ally, but just aren't sure how? Either way, this workshop is for you! You'll learn to identify some of the microaggressions and structural systems that lead to oppression of LGBTQ folks. Then you start to hone your skills in being an active bystander and true ally. 

Becoming an All Star Facilitator 

In many types of group situations, and particularly in complex discussions or those where people have different views and interests, good facilitation can make a difference. This workshop provides a toolbox of techniques to better appreciate being a facilitator and support learning in a group setting.

Creating an Inclusive Community

A community is a group of people who have been able to accept and transcend their differences regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds (social, spiritual, educational, ethnic, economic, political, etc.). This enables them to communicate effectively and openly, and to work together toward goals identified as being beneficial to their common good.

Building a community is a powerful process, which helps us learn about ourselves and relate to others in new ways. This workshop will explore more in-depth our Meliora Vision & Values, as well as what they mean to the College and for the individual.

This workshop uses a hands-on exercise to have participants self-reflect on the Meliora Vision & Values and to think of ways to implement them into their everyday lives with respect to the classroom environment, residential life, and within their respective organizations. Creating a sense of belonging and building an inclusive community where each member is valued and respected begins with a better understanding of our Meliora Vision & Values.

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Is your environment inclusive? How do you know? During this conversation, we will work together to understandand what makes a space inclusive – and start to think about how you can make changes today to make sure that you are helping others to truly feel welcomed and valued. 

Intercultural Communication and Awareness

Intercultural awareness is the foundation of communication and it involves the ability to self-reflect and become aware of our cultural values, beliefs, and perceptions. Why do I think this? Why am I feeling this way? Intercultural awareness becomes central when you have to interact with people who differ from yourself.

As human beings, we see, interpret, and evaluate things differently. What is considered appropriate behavior in one culture is frequently inappropriate in another. Misunderstandings arise when one person uses their perspectives to make sense of your lived experiences. This workshop explores the interplay of language, communication, and culture in interpersonal interactions, providing participants with an overview of the basic principles of intercultural communication. Engaging with case studies and cultural frameworks, participants will arrive upon a guided understanding of cultural dimensions of communication, which can help inform future interactions.

Is Queer a Bad Word? Do Ask, Do Tell?

Workshop will be focused on the history of the word Queer. Discussion surrounding the cultureal meaning and differing meanings of the word, the use of the word queerand the role it plays in society. Allyship will also be discussed as well aallyship's role in being a leader.

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone at the University of Rochester is a dynamic, interactive session for students that includes activities and discussion around:

  • Inclusive and respectful language
  • The process of coming out
  • Understanding sexual and gender identity
  • Taking action on our campuses and in our workplaces
  • Where to go for help

Subconscious Hate: Exploring Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Bystander Intervention

The unconscious mind helps to shape our everyday behaviors, attitudes, and decision-making process. As we become a more global society, awareness of our automatic reactions and stereotypes is vital to creating deeper appreciation and understanding of others.

This interactive workshop explores the concepts of implicit bias and microaggressions. Students will be empowered to notice their own biases and perhaps advocate on behalf of others with bystander intervention strategies.

Understanding Privilege and Taking Action

This workshop will engage participants in exploring privileges based on membership of various social identities. It uses a hands-on exercise as a means of having a conversation and dialogue. All participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect on their privileges and think of ways in order to take action within their respective organizations.

Opening the Door to the Anti-Racist Campus: Foundations

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the language of race and racism, the history of race here at UR, and the position of our self in society.  Participants will review contemporary language and gain understanding of its importance as part of the struggle for equity and when discussing race and racism. This experience will allow participants to combine understandings of history, language, and cultural humility to begin their anti-racist journey.  Moreover, it will help participants to relate these lessons to their own lives and think about how they can use their positionality to work toward an anti-racist campus. 

Toxic Masculinity

In this interactive workshop we will journey with participants through an exploration of how masculinity exists in and impacts our lives in the United States.  Through understanding the societal construct of masculinity in our culture participants will begin to appraise how it intersects with our identities and impacts our expectations, thoughts, and actions.