Note: This is an example of the elective courses offered. The actual offering each semester will change, depending on availability of instructor and interest/need for specific topics. New sessions will be added as available, and participants are encouraged to continue attending sessions even after they have fulfilled the certificate requirements.
BUILD: A Closer Look at Race in America
In this session, participants will discuss and define race and the levels of racism and review research on how racism is perpetuated in today’s society. We will also explore how our experience(s) influence our perceptions of others and develop strategies to support racial healing and racial equity.
BUILD: ACT for Social Justice
This course should address the following objectives:
- Communicating across difference/cross-cultural communication and supporting diverse work environments
- Developing tools for resolving conflict and tension
- Exploring barriers to inclusion and offers skill building for combating those challenges
ACT for Social Justice incorporates principles from current evidence-based approaches (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) to behavior change in the service of becoming a more effective social justice agent. This workshop will engage the audience in a reflective and experiential process of noticing how we carry implicit prejudice and how skillful management of our responses to these biases is essential to showing up as an ally for social justice. Participants will be tasked with engaging in critical self-reflection and identifying skills that can help cultivate effective responses to problematic intrapersonal experiences that act as barriers to building relationships across difference.
In addition to the experiential portion of the presentation, the latter portion of the presentation provides an overview of how to conceptualize prejudice through an ACT lens and the implications of doing so.
BGC/BUILD: An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students
Immigration laws regulate many aspects of international students' lives, including entry to the United States, the conditions under which they may remain in this country and re-enter after traveling abroad, and eligibility for immigration benefits such as employment and extension of stay. This session will provide an introductory overview of the application and visa process, foundations of U.S. student immigration law, ISSS responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security and to the student, and the basic rules that international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States.
Participants who attend this session will be able to:
- develop an awareness of the basic federal rules and regulations international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States
- recognize the complex employment guidelines international students must follow
- learn how ISSS staff are able to help departments with immigration concerns and issues
BUILD: Basic Training - Understanding our Veteran and Military Students
There are over 1,500 military affiliated students at the University of Iowa. Our Veteran students have unique experiences and skills that differ from most of their classmates. Only approximately 1% of the U.S. population is currently serving in the military. UI staff and faculty may have difficulties understanding the military culture and the assets military affiliated students bring to campus. The goal of this training is help build understanding of the US military and insight into our Veteran population on campus. This course will include Veteran and Military students to help facilitate the discussion and to answer questions.
BUILD: Beyond the Numbers: Foundations for Diversity & Inclusion
This introductory workshop will provide a framework for understanding diversity and inclusion as core values of the university. Participants will explore and reflect on the role of identity in our personal and professional experiences. This session will also outline relevant resources and opportunities on campus. As part of the BUILD initiative, this session fulfils the core course requirement and should be taken first if possible.
BUILD: Exploring the Influence of Unconscious Bias in Our Work and Lives: The Research, the Impact, and Strategies to Override
This workshop will explore unconscious bias, including an introduction to key research studies showing the prevalence and potential impact of unchecked bias in employment practices, clinical interactions, mentoring, and everyday interactions. Participants will explore evidence-based strategies to reduce its impact using case-based discussions related to faculty/staff recruitment, retention, self-advocacy, and more.
BUILD: Fostering Your CQ Framework
To thrive and succeed in today’s diverse world, one needs to have a highly developed cultural intelligence (CQ). Cultural Intelligence describes your capacity to relate and work effectively across different identity groups and cultures. In this introductory session, we’ll talk about the four capabilities of CQ, cultural values orientations, and how to foster rich opportunities for cross-cultural interaction and learning. Participants will also complete a personalized CQ assessment, and have the chance to explore their results and develop an action plan for growth.
BUILD: How to Have a “Learning Conversation” in the Workplace
This session will help participants understand and prepare to have a learning conversation about diversity in the workplace. Topics include an introduction to a three-step process and a roadmap to guide a productive conversation plus an overview of active listening. These skills will be applied to realistic workplace scenarios.
BUILD: More Than An Asterisk – Understanding Native American Students in Higher Education
Native Americans make up less than 0.5% of students in higher education, often times only referred to with an asterisk in the reporting of demographic information. This course will examine historical reasons for low enrollment by Native Americans in higher education. The unique complexities of Native American identity will be examined. Participants will identify barriers to inclusion for Native American students on college campuses, as well as learn strategies for ensuring the retention of Native American students in higher education.
BUILD: Native Appropriations – Ethical Implications for Social Justice and Identity Development
Many colleges continue to use American Indian images as their mascots despite pleas to end this practice. The fascination with Native cultures has become a growing market globally. Attempts to change these practices have not always been successful because of the profound support these images create. This presentation will engage the audience and create meaningful dialogue about the impact and pervasiveness that Native appropriations have in our society; and to urge action to effect social change.
BUILD: Responsible Action - Disability Accommodations on Campus
The session focuses on increasing awareness around where we succeed and where we need to improve supporting individuals with disability. Participants will learn about the history of the Disability Rights Movement, and relevant law and policy. Additionally, we’ll discuss what our responsibilities are for accommodation, why it matters, and strategies we can immediately implement in our departments, organizations, and communities.
BUILD: Shifting the Monoracial Campus Conversation
Racial demographics are changing in homes, classrooms, and workplaces. The number of individuals with multiracial or multiethnic experiences is increasing, yet those experiences are not always part of the larger conversation. In this session, participants will address barriers when and strategies for supporting individuals with multiracial/multiethnic identities. Participants will be exposed to Multiracial and Multiethnic identity models and have an opportunity to hear personal narratives.
BUILD: Size Diversity—Every Body Is Different
The session will examine issues related to body image and size diversity. We will discuss society’s messages about body image and body sizes, and how this impacts inclusivity at the University of Iowa. As a result of this session, participants will (a) be able to identify sizeism and how that impacts the UI community, (b) understand their own perceptions and biases with regard to body size, and (c) develop strategies for decreasing body shame and body size discrimination
BUILD: Supporting College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Strategies and Resources
Assisting college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become an institutional priority as numbers of students from this population increase. In this session participants will understand the scope and complexities of ASD, explore the narrative of how college students with ASD experience campus environments, identify challenges and opportunities students with ASD may experience, and generate ideas and strategies that can be used both in and out of the classroom to support students with ASD.
BUILD: The Dynamics of Difference
This session focuses on defining power and privilege and their effects in continuing systematic oppression. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their identities, specifically which ones hold privilege and which ones do not. In this session, participants will also learn how to address the conflict they or others may feel about their privileged identities.
BUILD: The House of Cards—Lessons in Smart Social Advocacy for Fighting the Good Fight of Civil Rights
This session takes participants through an exploration of the research on belief and attitude change to examine how to be most effective in creating social and cultural change as civil rights advocates. Additionally, using theories from social and counseling psychology, we will look at how to have the “good fight” while being effective in taking care of those from who we want change and in taking care of ourselves at the same time!
BUILD: Traumatic Impacts: Connecting Race, Gender, and Violence
The history of the anti-sexual violence movement in the United States is rich, deep, vibrant and also fraught with inequalities related to gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, race, and ability/disability among other social identities. This session will explore the origins of rape victim/survivor advocacy as social justice and provide participants with the opportunity to consider how this history impacts our ability to support members of the UI community who are survivors.
BUILD: Understanding & Intervening Effectively in Micro-Aggressions
Positive change can be accomplished when skilled, engaged bystanders have the ability to safely and effectively identify, confront, and intervene in situations in which unhealthy micro-aggressive behaviors are occurring which marginalize, demean, or intimidate individuals because of one or more aspects of their identity.
This training will engage participants in increasing their awareness and understanding of micro-aggressive behaviors and their impact on individuals, and will introduce the bystander intervention model and provide opportunities in small group exercises to apply the model real situations from the workplace and in daily life.
BUILD: Understanding Introversion
Discussion and research on introversion have blossomed in recent years. We are coming to new understandings about personality traits and working styles of introverts that sometimes don't appear to reflect generally accepted "strengths" in the workplace and in education. Far from being simply "quiet," "solitary," "shy," or "reclusive," introverts bring unique approaches and strengths to our classrooms, our offices, our teams, our departments and units, and our institution. At the same time, "introversion" and "extroversion" are both more complex ideas than have been traditionally understood, and we can all benefit from knowing where our own introversion/extroversion characteristics and strengths lie. Understanding how introverts work best and can contribute the most will benefit individuals by having their work more appropriately assigned, supported, and rewarded; and it will enhance departments, units, and the university as a whole by supporting and benefiting from the diversity of working styles among our university community members. The workshop will explore the definitions of introversion and extroversion, how introverts can be best supported to flourish in the workplace, and how characteristics of introversion can be best put to advance our departments/units and the university. The workshop will also allow for individual self-assessment and sharing among participants, as well as provide brainstorming time on how to improve the environment for introversion at the UI.
ASC/BUILD: Understanding the Culture Behind Sexual Assault
This is the first and foundational course of a three workshop series called ASC: Advocating for a Safe Community. The course will help participants understand the societal stereotypes, behaviors and barriers that make up rape culture and will include an introduction to strategies for combating rape culture such as survivor allyship, practicing consent, and bystander intervention, which will be discussed at a deeper level in the two subsequent workshops.
BUILD: What’s Law Got to Do With It?
During this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about their rights and protections in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodation, credit and education. Participants will also learn how to identify acts of discrimination in their community, understand the complaint process and engage in case scenarios.