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The CCC’s Training Series aims to create a more welcoming and more inclusive campus environment, to strengthen community, and to encourage networking among faculty, staff, and students toward the goal of supporting individuals and communities along diverse intersections of race, class, dis/ability, sexuality, gender identity and expression, documentation status, women empowerment, and first-generation college attendance. In each interactive training, participants have the opportunity to learn some useful terms, explore their experiences in relation to the topic, better understand issues experienced by these communities, and gain some useful tools in practicing inclusion as act for change.

Cross Cultural Centers 101 (35-50 mins)

This workshop provides an overview of the Cross Cultural Centers’ dialogues, programs and services. It provides additional context for the Gender Equity Center, MultiCultual Center and Pride Center. This is an informational presentation that allows the audience to develop an understanding about the Centers and they ways to get involved.


Coping with Microaggressions (1 hr)

This workshop provides a broad context for understanding how students of color cope with racial microaggressions and creates the environment to have an open conversation about campus climate, interpersonal interactions, and ways to be an ally. Audience members will have an opportunity to discuss what strategies can be framed as a positive. This workshop can be customized for faculty, staff or students.


A Day in the Life ( 45 ms - 1 hr)

This workshop sets the context for understanding a day in the life of a student of color from a specific organization/affiliation. This workshop is great for teams or groups in resident halls. It draws from real-life experiences of people of color, which allows for relatable examples to be presented. The workshop concludes with setting up common agreed-upon rules and listing resources for further action.


Cultural Competency (2 hrs)

This workshop explores the complexity of unconscious bias and its relations to microaggressions. Audience members will deconstruct interactions depicted in videos.


A Day in the LifeGEM Training (2 hrs)

Gender Empowerment Movement addressing the experiences of women and highlighting various feminist and mujerista movements.


Organizing your campus

This workshop explores the basics of community organizing on a college campus. The approaches and methods in the presentation are pulled from organizers Saul Alinsky, Fred Ross, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and Elaine Brown. Students are asked to do a series of activities that has them reflect on political power, social privileges and clear goal setting. The ladder of participation theory of Sherry Arnstein is used to have students reflect on their socio-political positioning on their respective campus. Students are asked to take responsibly and investment in the programs and services that support them. There is also an emphasis placed on staff advised, student initiated and run programs and services. Please join me in creating a better campus for yourself, your peers,  your successors.

The 10 Lenses for Living & Working in A Multicultural World (2 hrs)

Adapted from one of the bestselling, groundbreaking books by acclaimed diversity expert Mark Williams, this workshop provides a conceptual framework for understanding how individuals view living and working in a multicultural world and offers 10 "eye-opening" lenses to help you, your organization, and everyone  in it to understand how cultural diversity affects the way we live and work.  There is the Assimilationist who believes that everyone should act like a true blue American, and the Culturalcentrist who believes that a person's race or ethnicity is central to their personal and public identity; the Meritocratist who is sure that if you have the abilities and work hard enough you can make your dreams come true regardless of race/culture, and the Victim/Caretaker/Champion who believes because of bias they will never success.  This workshop is only offered by our Lead Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives on request at  

Foundations of Sexuality & Gender (2 hrs)

This is a foundational allyship training for understanding the complexities of sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression and is designed for students, faculty, and staff at Cal Poly. This workshop is only offered by our Lead Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives on request at  

transGender 101 (2 hrs)

This is a foundational training for the campus designed to increase knowledge, decrease prejudice, and build skills.  The sessions can be modified with the following topics: Understanding & Addressing Anti-transgender prejudice, K-12 Professionals, Residence Life, Sports & Athletics, Medical & Mental Health Professionals, Service Providing & Non Profit Settings. This workshop is offered by our Lead Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives on request at  

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