services

Diversity Talks offers 12 hours of in-person professional development with cohorts of up to 40 educators per year. 

Services

Diversity Talks offers 12 hours of in-person professional development led by students. Individual sessions outside of the Diversity Talks-12 hour series are available and developed by student facilitators, tailored to meet your needs.

Diversity Talks focuses on providing student-centered, flexible and culturally relevant professional services and has received a consensus across 15 schools districts and 2 universities in the state of Rhode Island that the topics addressed during the professional services have helped educators to understand issues of diversity, increased their ability to understand people from diverse backgrounds, felt Diversity Talks was beneficial and would recommend the professional development to others.


Sessions

Individual Workshop and Session charges vary based on the number of participants. Contact us for a quote and package details.

LGBTQ

Sexuality is a central part of one's identity and must always be taken into account in classroom settings. This workshop will provide educators with the language pertinent to understand sexual identity and expression. Educators will develop an open and supportive mindset needed in order to create a safe and inclusive environment.

Implicit Bias

Disparities in academic expectations, suspension and expulsion rates among racial groups, as well as the amount of assistance a teacher provides to a certain student are all results of implicit biases held by educators. This workshop explores how assumptions are a direct repercussion of the environment in which we come to shape our values and how they manifest into classroom settings. Through the use of self-analysis by means of conversation, Diversity Talks aims to equip educators with the tools needed to recognize and work against biases in the classroom.

Student Voice

This workshop delves into exploring the relationship between students and educators in the classroom. Educators are prompted to analyze the power dynamic in their own classrooms while being introduced to student perspectives. Facilitators will introduce self-advocacy and student-agency while working toward culminating a collaborative definition of what student voice looks like in their own school.

Microagressions

Migroagressions are exhibited in the classroom on a daily basis. This workshop focuses on addressing the blind spots of educators by identifying how common teaching practices can be viewed as insensitive or an insult. Facilitators walk educators through practices that are viewed as derogatory or hostile based on the student's socioeconomic status, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion,  or disability.  

Intersectionality

Students whose identities overlap within multiple classes tend to experience discrimination and are suspended at higher rates.  This workshop uses data conducted from a data analysis to show how intersectionality and systems of oppression play out in the classroom. 

Power & Privilege

In many existing systems in our country, power plays a huge role in dictating decisions. In the education system, we find that the same principle holds true. This workshop begins by defining power and exploring how power exists within multiple identities. Educators are prompted to recall moments when they themselves, or someone they've known have felt powerful, and powerless. The conversation is intended to explore how power manifests in personal lives and the classroom, with intentions to create a space where all members of the school are equal. 

Cultural Differences

Every student carries their own complex identity into each classroom or school they enter. Culture specifically encompasses history, ideals, and customs influenced by location and ethnicity. This workshop is focused on creating a space for dialogue as participants discuss the personal cultures they are influenced by and how cultures co-exist in a classroom. Topics such as culturally relevant and reflective content is circulated as participants explore the role culture plays in impacting education methods and outcomes.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In order to create an environment that is conducive to the success of every student, educators must look at their work from an equitable lens. This workshop provides educators the opportunity to culminate a collaborative definition for diversity, equity, and inclusion and share best practices for maintaining an equitable school environment.

Don't see a workshop that you need? Let us know and our student facilitators will develop it for you!