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Workshops and Seminars

Workshops & Seminars

These workshops and seminars are tailored to non-degree-seeking professionals who seek to acquire multicultural knowledge and the skills necessary to ensure their success in professional environments. Students will be encouraged to think critically about race and race relations. Their expanded understandings of the history and implications of race and culture in work environments will ensure employers that they offer the highest quality employees opportunities in employment or advancement.​

 ETST 2125

ETST 2125 Multi Racial and Multi Cultural Family Issues

The course will cover the specific issues related to the multi racial/multi cultural family in the U.S., including the socio-cultural factors involved. Parenting concerns and skills for professional application will be included.

This subject matter can be provocative and is related to issues with which many people have some personal experience. Everyone's opinion counts. Disagreements must be expressed with respect. Remember that asking questions is the only way to clear up your thinking.

Seminar Objectives:

  • To understand the shifting dynamics and demographics of the current U.S. family.
  • To examine where one's professional endeavors might be informed by these issues.
  • To encourage personal development around the challenges of serving an increasingly diverse population.
  • To inform oneself of a developmental process in being an ally to oneself and to one's personal and professional associates.

 ETST 2115

ETST 2115 Genocide in the 21st Century: Darfur and Beyond

This course will introduce participants not only to the first genocide of the twenty-first century, in which over 400,000 ethnic Sudanese have been wiped out by force and millions displaced, but will also study the root causes of genocide and some of the past genocides.

Hopefully, in bringing to greater attention this first twenty-first century genocide, people of all races and creeds will come together in the struggle for justice and human dignity, and find common ground via dialogue among races and ethnic groups in solving human problems. In this way we can together prevent the next genocide.

Seminar Objectives/Outcomes:

Through assigned readings, discussions and examinations, successful participants will be able to:

  • Identify, describe, analyze and evaluate the major events covered in this course.
  • Identify, describe, analyze and evaluate the importance of selected historical personalities covered in this course.
  • Identify, describe, analyze and evaluate the importance of selected major intellectual, social, cultural, economic and political movements covered in this course.
  • Recognize selected images from the past. These may be works or art, architecture, statuary, photographs or graphic representations.
  • Identify selected historical sites on a map and describe their significance.
  • Demonstrate solutions to past and present political, social, economic and environmental problems.
  • Assess the future consequences of past and present political, social, economic and environmental decisions.

 ETST 2165

ETST 2165 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace Seminar

An analytical assessment aimed at understanding the impact and effectiveness of cultural diversity awareness in the workplace environment while focusing on understanding cultural biases, recognizing the impact of cultural values, and gaining an appreciation for the value of diversity in work organizations.

Learning Objectives of the Seminar:

  • Participants will survey the history and evolution of fair labor practices in the United States to recognize how diverse groups have impacted employment policies and practices.
  • Participants will examine federal and state legislation designed to protect the rights of diverse employees; participants will understand the potential risks and costs of inequitable hiring, firing and promotion practices.
  • Each participant will identify himself or herself as a member of a distinct "group" within the American workforce and examine the values, norms, assumptions and challenges related to identification within that particular "group."
  • Participants will explore their own personal beliefs and assumptions about what it is like to be a member of a different group and how these beliefs and assumptions have grown out of the participant's life experiences and media exposure.
  • Participants will explore the meaning of culture: how the shared histories of different groups of people impact their values, preferences, perceptions and priorities; especially how these cultural norms may conflict within the contemporary workforce.
  • Participants will practice recognizing potential sources of conflict and will simulate interventions.
  • Participants will learn strategies designed to promote and support diversity initiatives within their own organizations.