Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

We've compiled a list of questions we get asked most often. If you don't see your question here, feel free to contact us. 

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Are your services only for schools?

No, our professional development services are offered to schools and/or districts, colleges, and businesses.

Do you provide services beyond the student-led professional development?

Yes, we also offer student keynotes, embedded coaching & support and re-envisioning sessions. Contact us for more information on these offerings.

How long are the professional development sessions?

Each individual workshop is 1.5 hours and meets certain objectives depending on the workshop selected.

What topics are covered during the Diversity Talks series and individual sessions?

Diversity Talks focuses on providing conversation-based, experiential learning for adults. You can find a brief description for each of the topics, here.

What grades are the student facilitators?

Students must be in grades 9-12 in order to interview to become a student facilitator. 

Who is allowed to attend the professional development?

Our professional development services are offered to schools and/or districts, colleges, and businesses.

We are a university, can you train our students?

Yes, we believe that the experiences infused throughout the workshops would be most impactful coming from the voices of your population.

How long does it take to get the students ready?

Masterpieces take time. We have to identify, recruit, and interview students before beginning our intensive 20 hour fellowship for selected students. All together, it takes about 1.5 months to get the students ready.

How many participants are allowed to attend a professional development session?

We divide participants into cohorts. Each cohort is made up of up to 30 participants. Since we build trust through our workshops, it is encouraged that the cohort attends all sessions together. If your staff is made up of more than 30 participants, you will have multiple cohorts. 

 

What is considered a Diversity Talks series?

A Diversity Talks series is 12 hours of in-person professional development. These sessions are strongly encouraged to be broken down into 8-1.5 hour sessions over the course of an academic school year however, organizations are able to personalize the professional development sessions to fit their population.

Can participants provide input on what topics they want to cover?

Participants are able and encouraged to provide input on topics but it is solely up to the student facilitators to incorporate the feedback. Again, our goal is to provide participants with the experiences and perspectives of our youth. In an ideal world, the students and the participants will want to cover the same topics. 

My school is only K-8, how will you provide professional development to our staff?

The Diversity Talks staff will work with your "feeder" high schools to identify and train student facilitators. Those students will then come back to your school to provide professional development.

What do the students receive for being a student facilitator?

Each year that a student successfully completes the 20 hour student Facilitator Fellowship and delivers 12 hours of professional development, the student is eligible to receive an elective credit (if your school provides Expanded Learning Opportunities), and a monetary stipend- contingent upon funding.

How much does it cost?

Since our services are tailored to meet your needs, please contact us for a quote.