Faye Allard, assistant professor in the sociology department at Montclair State University, will be on campus, Oct. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the Duck Pond Room at the Inn at Virginia Tech to host a Diversity Development Institute session entitled, “A Conversation about Race.”

Participants will examine the meaning of the variety of terms used in discussions on race, explore the concept of white privilege both inside and outside the classroom, and take a deeper look at the meaning of diversity with respect to higher education institutions. 

This workshop, which is open to Virginia Tech faculty and staff, counts as one of the elective sessions that is required as part of the Diversity Ally Certificate. The Diversity Ally Certificate explores general diversity topics to assist participants in understanding attitudes toward differences and behaviors that incorporate bias and stereotypes, inclusive language, race relations, gender and privilege. To complete the certificate program, participants are required to attend a total of six sessions: three core courses and three electives. Please visit the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research website for registration information.

Allard’s research focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and class in educational settings. She is currently conducting “The Montclair Diversity Project,” an ambitious in-depth interview project that aims to better understand perceptions and consequences of diversity at a racially and economically varied, mid-size state university.

The Diversity Development Institute is designed to enhance university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts that contribute to the core mission of the university. It provides opportunities to cultivate competencies and to engage faculty and staff in rich dialogue that fosters a more inclusive environment.

This event is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

This faculty and staff workshop is free of charge. For more information, email Linda Greene or call 540-231-1403.

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