ESU wants to provide every individual the opportunity to learn and develop their cultural awareness and knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All workshops and trainings will count towards the DEI Certificate Program.


Culturally Relevant Teaching

Laura Kieselbach, English

With a continuously evolving demographic of students in classrooms and societal upheaval and unrest at an all time high, it is more essential than ever that educators and members of education communities learn to connect with and understand student experiences and perspectives. This session offers insight on building rapport with students using the three tenets of Gloria Ladson Billing's framework (Culturally Responsive Pedagogy) and accessing the Courageous Conversations About Race platform to guide discussion, activities and take-away strategies that can be used both in and out of the classroom.


Do I belong here? How students of color (SOC) feel about their campus climate due to the presence of campus microaggressions.

Leon John, Director of Alumni Engagement

A multimedia presentation that will help educators and stakeholders understand the different types of microagressions that SOC face on a daily basis. This will help to enhance teaching pedagogies that would help SOC find comfort in their campus surroundings, and successfully matriculate.


Green Zone

June Pepe, Associate Registrar

Veterans and military students face unique challenges such as navigating education benefits and transitioning from the military to a campus environment. Green Zone Awareness Training is designed to provide faculty and staff with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the military affiliated students at ESU. The goal is to provide members of ESU community an opportunity to learn more about the issues and concerns faced by our military affiliated students and how to help the student identify and connect with the appropriate resources both on campus and off campus.


Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment Using the Principles of Universal Design Learning

Jill Boyle, Coordinator of OASIS

Information specific to individuals with disabilities and providing accommodating and incluve environments


Safe Zone 1

Ariel Tucci, Interim Director, Gender & Sexuality Center

Safe Zone is ally training for the LGBTQAI+ Community. We will define a common language as well as discuss ways to combat homophobia and how to be an ally to this community. After this training, you will get a certificate for you to display for people to recognize you as a safe person and an ally to the LGBTQAI+ community. 


Safe Zone (Advanced)

Ariel Tucci, Interim Director, Gender & Sexuality Center

Advanced Safe Zone is ally training for those who completed Safe Zone. This training discusses different intersections within the LGBTQAI+ community, such as race, spirituality, and ability. We will discuss how these intersections impact and create additional challenges to members of the LGBTQAI+ community as well as how to be a better ally to this community.


Sexual Misconduct: Understanding Intent and Impact

Lonnie Allbaugh, Title IX Coordinator

This course will review the scope of "sexual misconduct" under the new Title IX regulations and specifically examine the different types of sexual misconduct that are identified in the Title IX Policy. This presentation will also provide information regarding not just sexual assault, but sexual harassment and discrimination and the responsibilities of all of our campus community in identifying this conduct and remedying it. Additionally, the course will also describe bystander intervention, preventative measures, and other actions we can take to ensure a safer campus.


Title IX: Know Your 9

Lonnie Allbaugh, Title IX Coordinator

This course provides 9 key takeaways regarding the new Title IX regulations that just became effective this Spring. Specifically, the issues discussed will include the scope of Title IX, the responsibilities of each member of the campus community based on these new regulations, identifying issues that need to be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, the Sexual Misconduct Resolution process, the supportive measures available through the Title IX Office, and alternative means to resolve reports or complaints made to the Title IX Office.


Dear White People: We Need to Do Better

Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life

With power comes privilege, and, as the great philosopher Spiderman reminds us, with great power comes great responsibility. What gets in the way of White individuals building up our tool box for social justice? How can we develop a strong ally identification that helps us understand our role in building and maintaining societal structures that disenfranchise non-White people? Join Dr. Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life, in an interactive presentation and discussion that helps us to understand that we, as White people, need to do better.


Foundations of Social Justice: Identity, Power, Privilege and Oppression

Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life

We throw around a lot of words like prejudice and discrimination, oppression, social justice, etc. There is important meaning behind each of these, but they are grounded in the ideas of identity and power. Join Dr. Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life, as he facilitates activities and discussion around the ways our multiple intersecting identities shape the structures that make up our world.


Enhancing the Quality of the International Student Experience

Steve Ives, Manager, International Programs

This session will examine current best practices for engaging international students in postsecondary education. Our discussion will focus on several key topics related to international student inclusion including: characteristic patterns of behavior of international students; the ways in which international students in higher education socialize with domestic students, co-nationals, and other international students; and strategies fostering integration of international students on college campuses. The recommendations provided in this session are intended to help support university faculty, staff and students enhance the academic and social integration of international students studying in the U.S.


Communicating with Someone Who Has Hearing Loss

Sandy Shaika, Sign Language Interpreter

Best practices in having a dialog with someone who has a hearing loss. How to communicate with a mask, options that can help smooth communication, the importance of captioning.


What does it mean to be Antiracist?

Laura Kiesalbach, English
Cornelia Sewell-Allen, Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it and then dismantle it." - Ibram Kendi. In this session, you will explore the meaning of antiracism, how racism affects our daily lives, and ways in which you can move toward "contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society".


Bias Reduction Workshop for Faculty and Staff Search Committees

Leon John, Director of Alumni Engagement
Laura Kiesalbach, English
Debbie Smith, Acting Director of Career Development
Storm Heter, Philosophy and Religion
Bill Bajor, Director of Graduate and Extended Studies
Lauren Worrell, HR Business Partner

The purpose of this workshop is to identify best practices for hiring and retaining diverse faculty and staff.


The Power of Empathy and Compassion through the Lens of Diversity

Lyesha Fleming and Lurine Allotey, Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education

When we discuss the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), we often leave out the human side of the conversation. We do not include two vital pieces of human connections which are empathy and compassion, as we focus on trending themes and topics. This training will help revive our understanding on how to use these two components within our work as allies and agents of DEI work.


Trending Topics in the DEI World

Lyesha Fleming and Lurine Allotey, Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education

Join CMAIE for a discussion on hot topics and terms used within the diversity, equity, and inclusion world. We will aim to create an awareness of both historical and emerging terms/topics to help participants navigate ever-changing global society.


Trauma in the Classroom

Amy Freeman, Director of Health and Wellness

There is nothing new about the existence of students with histories of trauma in our post-secondary education institutions; often without realizing it, educators have been responding to trauma’s impact for generations. What is new is that trauma researchers can now explain the hidden story behind many difficulties that hamper our education systems—and research from developmental and cognitive psychologists, as well as advancements in neuroscience, show that educators can moderate the effects of trauma. This session will also look at special populations of students on campus and discuss how that classroom environment can foster resilience.


Humanism and the Nones: The Fastest Growing Spiritual Group on Campus

Fernando Alcantar, Director of Student Engagement

The “nones” (which include people who self-identify as atheist or agnostic) now make up 23% of U.S. adults, yet the emphasis for spiritual life on campus continues to focus primarily on the traditionally predominant world religions. Through this presentation, we will define what is a “none,” what is spirituality for secular students, and ways to strengthen efforts to serve the fastest growing “spiritual” group in our country.


Culturally Relevant Teaching

Laura Kieselbach, English

With a continuously evolving demographic of students in classrooms and societal upheaval and unrest at an all time high, it is more essential than ever that educators and members of education communities learn to connect with and understand student experiences and perspectives. This session offers insight on building rapport with students using the three tenets of Gloria Ladson Billing's framework (Culturally Responsive Pedagogy) and accessing the Courageous Conversations About Race platform to guide discussion, activities and take-away strategies that can be used both in and out of the classroom.


Do I belong here? How students of color (SOC) feel about their campus climate due to the presence of campus microaggressions.

Leon John, Director of Alumni Engagement

A multimedia presentation that will help educators and stakeholders understand the different types of microagressions that SOC face on a daily basis. This will help to enhance teaching pedagogies that would help SOC find comfort in their campus surroundings, and successfully matriculate.


Green Zone

June Pepe, Associate Registrar

Veterans and military students face unique challenges such as navigating education benefits and transitioning from the military to a campus environment. Green Zone Awareness Training is designed to provide faculty and staff with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the military affiliated students at ESU. The goal is to provide members of ESU community an opportunity to learn more about the issues and concerns faced by our military affiliated students and how to help the student identify and connect with the appropriate resources both on campus and off campus.


Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment Using the Principles of Universal Design Learning

Jill Boyle, Coordinator of OASIS

Information specific to individuals with disabilities and providing accommodating and incluve environments


Safe Zone 1

Ariel Tucci, Interim Director, Gender & Sexuality Center

Safe Zone is ally training for the LGBTQAI+ Community. We will define a common language as well as discuss ways to combat homophobia and how to be an ally to this community. After this training, you will get a certificate for you to display for people to recognize you as a safe person and an ally to the LGBTQAI+ community. 


Safe Zone (Advanced)

Ariel Tucci, Interim Director, Gender & Sexuality Center

Advanced Safe Zone is ally training for those who completed Safe Zone. This training discusses different intersections within the LGBTQAI+ community, such as race, spirituality, and ability. We will discuss how these intersections impact and create additional challenges to members of the LGBTQAI+ community as well as how to be a better ally to this community.


Sexual Misconduct: Understanding Intent and Impact

Lonnie Allbaugh, Title IX Coordinator

This course will review the scope of "sexual misconduct" under the new Title IX regulations and specifically examine the different types of sexual misconduct that are identified in the Title IX Policy. This presentation will also provide information regarding not just sexual assault, but sexual harassment and discrimination and the responsibilities of all of our campus community in identifying this conduct and remedying it. Additionally, the course will also describe bystander intervention, preventative measures, and other actions we can take to ensure a safer campus.


Title IX: Know Your 9

Lonnie Allbaugh, Title IX Coordinator

This course provides 9 key takeaways regarding the new Title IX regulations that just became effective this Spring. Specifically, the issues discussed will include the scope of Title IX, the responsibilities of each member of the campus community based on these new regulations, identifying issues that need to be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, the Sexual Misconduct Resolution process, the supportive measures available through the Title IX Office, and alternative means to resolve reports or complaints made to the Title IX Office.


Dear White People: We Need to Do Better

Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life

With power comes privilege, and, as the great philosopher Spiderman reminds us, with great power comes great responsibility. What gets in the way of White individuals building up our tool box for social justice? How can we develop a strong ally identification that helps us understand our role in building and maintaining societal structures that disenfranchise non-White people? Join Dr. Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life, in an interactive presentation and discussion that helps us to understand that we, as White people, need to do better.


Foundations of Social Justice: Identity, Power, Privilege and Oppression

Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life

We throw around a lot of words like prejudice and discrimination, oppression, social justice, etc. There is important meaning behind each of these, but they are grounded in the ideas of identity and power. Join Dr. Gene Kelly, Dean of Student Life, as he facilitates activities and discussion around the ways our multiple intersecting identities shape the structures that make up our world.


Enhancing the Quality of the International Student Experience

Steve Ives, Manager, International Programs

This session will examine current best practices for engaging international students in postsecondary education. Our discussion will focus on several key topics related to international student inclusion including: characteristic patterns of behavior of international students; the ways in which international students in higher education socialize with domestic students, co-nationals, and other international students; and strategies fostering integration of international students on college campuses. The recommendations provided in this session are intended to help support university faculty, staff and students enhance the academic and social integration of international students studying in the U.S.


Communicating with Someone Who Has Hearing Loss

Sandy Shaika, Sign Language Interpreter

Best practices in having a dialog with someone who has a hearing loss. How to communicate with a mask, options that can help smooth communication, the importance of captioning.


What does it mean to be Antiracist?

Laura Kiesalbach, English
Cornelia Sewell-Allen, Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it and then dismantle it." - Ibram Kendi. In this session, you will explore the meaning of antiracism, how racism affects our daily lives, and ways in which you can move toward "contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society".


Bias Reduction Workshop for Faculty and Staff Search Committees

Leon John, Director of Alumni Engagement
Laura Kiesalbach, English
Debbie Smith, Acting Director of Career Development
Storm Heter, Philosophy and Religion
Bill Bajor, Director of Graduate and Extended Studies
Lauren Worrell, HR Business Partner

The purpose of this workshop is to identify best practices for hiring and retaining diverse faculty and staff.


The Power of Empathy and Compassion through the Lens of Diversity

Lyesha Fleming and Lurine Allotey, Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education

When we discuss the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), we often leave out the human side of the conversation. We do not include two vital pieces of human connections which are empathy and compassion, as we focus on trending themes and topics. This training will help revive our understanding on how to use these two components within our work as allies and agents of DEI work.


Trending Topics in the DEI World

Lyesha Fleming and Lurine Allotey, Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education

Join CMAIE for a discussion on hot topics and terms used within the diversity, equity, and inclusion world. We will aim to create an awareness of both historical and emerging terms/topics to help participants navigate ever-changing global society.


Trauma in the Classroom

Amy Freeman, Director of Health and Wellness

There is nothing new about the existence of students with histories of trauma in our post-secondary education institutions; often without realizing it, educators have been responding to trauma’s impact for generations. What is new is that trauma researchers can now explain the hidden story behind many difficulties that hamper our education systems—and research from developmental and cognitive psychologists, as well as advancements in neuroscience, show that educators can moderate the effects of trauma. This session will also look at special populations of students on campus and discuss how that classroom environment can foster resilience.


Humanism and the Nones: The Fastest Growing Spiritual Group on Campus

Fernando Alcantar, Director of Student Engagement

The “nones” (which include people who self-identify as atheist or agnostic) now make up 23% of U.S. adults, yet the emphasis for spiritual life on campus continues to focus primarily on the traditionally predominant world religions. Through this presentation, we will define what is a “none,” what is spirituality for secular students, and ways to strengthen efforts to serve the fastest growing “spiritual” group in our country.

Contact Us

For more information or to get involved with the Committee, please email Cornelia Sewell-Allen.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Reibman Administration Building
Phone:
(570) 422-3463
Fax:
(570) 422-3410 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Assistant Vice President, Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence
Name
Cornelia V. Sewell-Allen
Phone:
(570) 422-4017