Maura Cullen will present the workshop "Taking Adversity Out of Diversity" at two sessions April 5.

April 5: Diversity workshop

Cullen to present workshop 'Taking Adversity Out of Diversity'

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11:53 a.m., March 7, 2012--The University of Delaware Office of Equity and Inclusion will host the workshop "Taking Adversity Out of Diversity" on Thursday, April 5.

Employees are encouraged to sign up for the 9-11:30 a.m. session or the 1:30-4 p.m. session. Both sessions will be held in Multipurpose Room C of the Trabant University Center.

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The workshop will be presented by Maura J. Cullen, an acclaimed diversity trainer and speaker with more than 25 years of experience at over 500 universities and organizations. Cullen will educate the UD community on simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner.

Cullen will present concepts from her book 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say. She will discuss how “intent vs. impact” in people's conversations can affect relationships and how individuals’ past experiences can “pile on” to create the tone of the conversation, and she will provide ways on how to improve that communication.

Cullen also will discuss topics such as the importance of in-group/out-group language, understanding bystander behavior and recognizing privilege and under-privilege in society.

Feedback from her past sessions at UD include comments such as:

  • “High energy instructor – kept me awake.”
  • “I would say it was very informative and educational … also very funny.”
  • “I felt the training was overall very good. It reinforced many of my beliefs about communication and taught me a few new things. Sometimes trainings have uncomfortable moments where the instructor puts people on the spot but Maura was diligent at keeping people both comfortable and attentive.”
  • “I now have an understanding that someone’s background and previous experiences will impact how they react (sometime, unexpectedly so).”
  • “I would encourage others to attend. It was enjoyable, non-threatening, thought-provoking, and I would like to hear/learn/discuss more.”

Those who have questions regarding the workshop can contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at 831-8063.

For a flier on the workshop in PDF format, click here.

Photos by Evan Krape

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