Frequently Asked Questions


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

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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 student-centered, flexible and culturally relevant professional services with a menu of sessions that districts can choose from, listed here. But the student facilitators selected from your district are also able to customize the sessions based on topics they deem appropriate for their population.  

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?

We use "educator" as an umbrella term to capture all staff within a district. Ex: administrator, teacher, counselor, social worker, secretary,  etc. are all able to attend.

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

We divide educators into cohorts. Each cohort is made up of up to 40 educators. 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 40 educators, 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, entities are able to personalize the professional development sessions to fit their population.

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

Educators 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 teachers with the experiences and perspectives of the student. In an ideal world, the students and the educators 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 facilitation training and delivers 12 hours of professional development, the student is eligible to receive an elective credit (if your school provides Expanded Learning Opportunities), a monetary stipend, and a scholarship to be used in college- contingent upon funding.