Hosted by Chief Diversity Officer, Cindy Porter, staff and faculty were invited to a series of workshops designed to help evaluate existing programs, policies and procedures in an effort to create a more inclusive and equitable community reflective of Manhattanville’s mission and aspirations. Sessions offered an overview of the topic and practical examples of work being done at Manhattanville or other institutions. This was a great opportunity to learn from colleagues and receive practical advice on how to start an audit around race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability.
Manhattanville Intercultural Competency Certificate Program (MICCP)
The Manhattanville Intercultural Competency Certificate Program (MICCP), is a one-day workshop for students. The program provides an entry point for exploring difference, intercultural dialogue and embarking on a self-reflective journey into social identity construction. Structurally, the program privileges facilitated conversations over traditional teaching methods, and includes small group discussion, interactive activities, with multimedia clips that push students to think less about the Other and more about themselves, their history, and how this plays into bigger systems of oppression and privilege. Grounded in Critical Social Theories, the program uses tools such as Bobbie Haro’s “Cycle of Socialization” and Argyris and Senge’s “Ladder of Inference” to provide practical strategies to engage complex discussions.
Since its inception in August 2017, Center for Inclusion staff have facilitated four day-long MICCP workshops for students, six bi-weekly sessions for faculty, and six bi-weekly sessions for staff. To date, sixty students, ten faculty members, and 30 staff have participated in these workshops. Consistently positive feedback revealed a need for the institutionalization of the program.