Skills for Inclusion and Transformation
We have all felt included and excluded in varying degrees and situations throughout our lives. As much as we'd like to believe that cliques are just a high school phase, issues of group identity and alienation are pervasive even in adulthood. In every environment, there are factors that can be exploited to divide people. The School for International Training, comprised of an intercultural and multicultural student body, is no exception. Some obvious examples of factors that divide students are PIM or MAT program, varying degree programs within PIM, on- or off-campus living situations, differing political views, and relationship statuses, not to mention gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, class, ability, and age. How do our perceptions of these differences impact our interactions with one another? The focus of this training is to raise participants' awareness about the role they play on the SIT campus and elsewhere in excluding themselves and how their behavior contributes to excluding others. Using strategies for inclusion as tools for action, the transformation can continue beyond the training to help participants build opportunities for inclusive interactions.