Diversity Leadership Institute

Diversity Leadership Institute 2016 Application

Training Diverse Leaders to Engage in Healthy Intragroup & Intergroup Dialogue

Program Description: The CCAAC partnered with Mentor Tech to offer an opportunity for diverse student leaders to sharpen their skills and awareness of how to navigate diversity in their professional lives. Each Diversity Institute will feature a diversity topic and emphasize development of skill in healthy engagement of dialogue related to that topic. The Diversity Leadership Institute will help train eligible student leaders and develop skills for minority students to better to improve the quality of retention and overall experience of the TTU Multicultural Student Organization body.

Beyond this campus-wide goal, the practice in engagement in critical analysis will better prepare our students for the growing cultural diversity in their professional lives. Namely, multicultural students need to be equipped to be leaders in the global economy, and this program will allow students to do so with a learned knowledge of leadership and its impact on the community. Those students who apply to be a part of the TTU DSL will earn a certificate of completion after their post institute evaluation that measures the quality of the institute.

Learning Outcomes

Research shows that facilitation, psychological processes, and communication processes in intergroup dialogues are all significant (Maxwell et al., 2011). The facilitators hope that the students will leave these dialogues with skill in:

  1. Appreciating difference, through "intentional listening, asking questions, and appreciating life experiences and perspectives different from one's own";
  2. Engaging self, through "personal sharing, voicing disagreements, and addressing difficult issues";
  3. Critical reflection, through "lenses of privilege and inequality"; and, Alliance building, through "finding ways to collaborate and working through conflict"

Eligibility: Participants must be current students at TTU and be able to demonstrate a strong leadership presence at the campus, local, state, national and or international levels. Though holding a current leadership position would automatically qualify you for participation, students who have a strong interest and have demonstrated active involvement in organizations or the community are encouraged to apply. Participants must be available on Tuesday, October 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 6th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Friday, October 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

2016 Theme: Men Achieving Commonality Through Education: Politics, Identity, and Intolerance

Host: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center and Mentor Tech