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The "I AM" Identity Awareness and Multiculturalism workshop series are constructed to facilitate new levels of consciousness regarding concepts of social identity, privilege, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. The 1.5 hour workshops move beyond the "celebration" of diversity approach to one grounded in empowering participants to become aware and knowledgeable change agents by providing interactive, engaging, and dynamic experiences.

In alignment with the University and Cross Cultural Center's mission, the 2015-2016 "I AM" Workshop Series will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on theirs and others' role(s) in promoting multicultural competence, gain knowledge about the interconnectedness of different cultural identities, and develop crucial skills to enact social change.

2nd Thursday of the Month

3:00 pm

Open to students, staff, and faculty.

Workshop Components:
Knowledge, awareness, and skills are core components that are often used to frame the development of multicultural competence. For the purpose of the I AM Series, core components are as follows:
  • Knowledge: Meaningful content, theory, concepts, history and information about social identities, cultures, and institutions.
  • Awareness: Consciousness of values, attitudes, assumptions, social identities, and worldviews, both in self and others
  • Skills: Behaviors that allow one to effectively employ multicultural awareness and multicultural knowledge
Each workshop is labeled with a knowledge, awareness, and skills (KAS) component(s) to highlight the primary developmental area(s) of multicultural competence. It should be noted that KAS as it relates to multicultural competence is interconnected and multi-layered, and aspects of each component exist implicitly and explicitly within each session.
Engaging, interactive, and dynamic experiences that

facilitate new levels of consciousness.

Fall 2015 Schedules

Date: September 10, 2015
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: Center for Global Citizenship seminar room
Session: Immigration and Identity: Reflection on Self and Others
Workshop Components: Awareness 
Descriptions: In celebration of this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month, attendees will engage in dialogue and activities that celebrates the various contributions of the Hispanic community to our multicultural America. Participants will also examine tenets of immigration reform and its related impact on the Hispanic community especially regarding access to education. SLU's Professors Joel Jennings (Department of Sociology and Anthropology) and J.S. Onesimo Sandoval (Department of Sociology and Anthropology), and student representatives of the Hispanic-American Leadership Organization (HALO) will lead these dialogues/activities.

Date: October 8, 2015
Time: 3--5pm
Location: Center for Global Citizenship seminar room 124
Session: Building Capacity in LGBTQ Community Advocacy
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Skills

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: Center for Global Citizenship seminar room 124
Session: Disability Education: Empowerment and Inclusion
Workshop Components: Awareness + Knowledge 

2014-2015 Schedules

Date: September 10, 2014
Time: 10--11:30am
Location: Center for Global Citizenship auditorium
Special Session: Lee Mun Wah Keynote Address and Workshop
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Awareness + Skills
Descriptions: Filmmaker and diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah is coming to Saint Louis University for a one-day keynote, dialogue and training program. Students are welcome to attend the morning workshop on "How to Have a Dialogue across Cultures". Through small group interactions and role plays, we will learn about the impact and intent of our communications, how to listen mindfully, and ways to create a sense of community through dialogue and stories.

Date: October 8, 2014
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: BSC 253 A & D
Session: You Are Amazing Just the Way You Are: LGBT History Month Panel Discussion
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Awareness
Descriptions: A diverse group of panelists will share their stories about being a member or an ally of the LGBTQ community, their thoughts on how race, faith, sexuality and gender identities intersect, and will help us develop a more holistic view of the various aspects of one's identities.

Date: November 12, 2014
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: BSC Wool Ballroom 172
Session: "Race and Mass Incarceration" Panel Discussion
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Awareness
Descriptions: In conjunction with the "Race and Mass Incarceration" exhibit during SLU's annual Diversity Awareness Month, the Cross Cultural Center also invites you to attend this panel discussion on racially disparate incarceration rates and sentencing laws, and the criminalization of young black males. We challenge you to reflect on the social consequences of mass incarceration, and how we can empower ourselves to become agents of social change. The panel consists of scholars from various backgrounds in the SLU and St. Louis communities, including Professor Stefan Bradley of African American Studies, Professors Justin Hansford, Stephen Hanlon, and Anders Walker from School of Law, PhD candidate Trevin Jones in American Studies, and Dr. Christi Griffin, author of book Incarcerations in Black and White and founder of The Ethics Project. The discussion will be moderated by Joshua Jones, MSW candidate and Cross Cultural Center Graduate Assistant of African American Male Scholars Initiative.

Date: February 12, 2015
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: Center for Global Citizenship seminar room 124
Session: Speaking up against Bias
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Awareness + Skills
Descriptions: What is microaggression? Have you had experiences of microaggressions in your daily life that you would like to share? Did you ever struggle with how to respond to ‘innocent' and unintended questions or remarks that appear culturally insensitive to you? Tabari Coleman, Project Director for the St. Louis Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute, will lead this educational and interactive workshop to help us examine a wide range of microaggressions, reflect upon power and privilege in everyday life, and explore ways to use social media campaigns and other strategies to combat microaggressions on SLU campus.


Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: Center for Global Citizenship seminar room 124
Session: What is Multicultural Feminism?
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Awareness + Skills
Descriptions: What is feminism? How do our racial/ethnic backgrounds, gender, and other cultural identities intersect with our feminist beliefs? How can we better understand feminism through a multicultural lens? What can we learn from African American feminism, transgender feminism, etc.? Professor Ina Seethaler from SLU Women's and Gender Studies Program will lead a workshop to help us explore these questions, and discuss how we can create change through everyday activism.


Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 3--4:30pm
Location: Center for Global Citizenship seminar room 124
Session: Cultural Diversity in Mental Health
Workshop Components: Knowledge + Awareness + Skills
Descriptions: How often do we look at mental health issues through the lenses of racial, cultural, and gender diversity? What is the influence of culture and gender on the perception and management of mental illness? Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic of Sociology and Anthropology, Therese Jacques of University Counseling Center, Dr. Keon Gilbert of Public Health, and Cross Cultural Center Director Dr. Kortet Mensah will lead discussions to examine the stigmatization of mental health issues in different cultures, the treatment of mental illness among culturally diverse communities, and the importance of cultural competency in mental health care. This panel discussion aims to bring cross-cultural perspectives into the discussion on mental illness and enhance participants' understandings about cultural diversity in mental health issues.                                                                             



Please check back often for updates on 2015--2016 schedules and speakers. Contact CCC@SLU.EDU for more information.


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