Educational Programming

Thank you for your interest in the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE)'s educational programming. Listed below are a variety of presentations we can offer to students. Diversity expands worldliness, enhances social development, promotes creative thinking, and prepares individuals to work in a global society. If you would like to invite our staff members to lead a conversation on a certain topic, please click the link below and fill out the form. Our workshops are primarily designed for undergraduate and graduate students; however, we can also provide presentations to those working with undergraduate students. For faculty and staff focused educational programs and workshops, please visit this site

Request a Workshop or Presentation

We kindly request that you provide at least 3 weeks notice from the desired date of the session. Please note that completing a request is not a final confirmation of the intended session. An OMSE staff member will contact you regarding a meeting to discuss further details about the intended session. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 313-577-2312 or via email at

Session Descriptions

Diversity 101 Workshop

What is 'diversity'? This session introduces 'diversity' and strategies on how to incorporate a working knowledge of it into your life. (Intended audience(s): All students)

Everyone Wants to be Included Activity

Everyone wants to be included, right? What is it like to feel excluded? This activity will provide insight on diversity and discrimination. You'll be able to better understand how certain group dynamics can be discriminatory. We will discuss and provide strategies on how to create more open and inclusive environments. (Intended audience(s): All students)

Know Yourself: Exploration of Social & Personal Identity

You're the expert on your own experience and identities. In this workshop, students will be able to distinguish between social and personal identities. Students will then be able to discuss which identities are most salient to them by reflecting on how those identities are valued internally and externally by society. Students can expect to critically analyze how society allows or does not allow them to make choices about what identities are most important based on how privilege operates to normalize some identities over others. Through a series of guided activities, students will be encouraged to share their identities with their classmates, reflect on the diversity of identities in the classroom to build community and empathy. (Intended audience(s): All students)

LGBTQ+ Allyship Workshop

This workshop will assist participants in developing a fundamental understanding of how to be an ally to LGBTQ+ students. Participants will learn how to build better empathy and awareness of LBGTQ+ experiences, familiarize themselves with the wide spectrum of sexuality and gender, and understand how a student's gender and sexuality expressions can affect their overall student success. (Intended audience(s): Student Leaders)

Pronouns Workshop 

This workshop will provide an introduction to allyship with special emphasis on pronoun usage and gender neutral language. Through guided scenarios and listening you'll learn what personal pronouns are, how to talk about pronouns, and how to address issues of gendered language in everyday life. Intended audience(s): Student Leaders & Classroom Audience)

Implicit Bias and Intervention Workshop

In this workshop, students will be able to distinguish between microaggressions, conscious/unconscious bias, and stereotypes. Within this session, students will be able explain the origins of these behaviors/attitudes and how they correlate and/or reinforce one another. Through scenarios and activities, students will apply effective practical strategies to disrupt instances of bias to build professional, respectful, empathic relationships with individuals from a variety of lifestyles, cultures, religions, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities. (Intended audience(s): Student Leaders)

Understanding Microaggressions 

Microaggression? What's that? This presentation provides an overview of what microaggressions are and how to respond to them. You'll be able to better recognize them and develop tips to address them. (Intended audience(s): Student Leaders & Classroom Audience)

Intersectionality Presentation

This presentation provides an introduction into intersectionality. Intersectionality is a concept that asserts that individuals and groups are shaped by intersecting identities such as race, gender, class, and sexuality. Understanding how intersecting identities shape our perspectives and how society relates to and treats said intersecting identities is an asset. (Intended audience(s): Student Leaders & Classroom Audience)

Inclusive Leadership Workshop

As leaders, we are tasked to be representatives, mentors, and advocates for others. This workshop will introduce concepts and strategies on how to develop a more inclusive leadership style. Inclusivity is the intention of including people who would otherwise be excluded or marginalized. In an increasingly multifaceted society it is important to incorporate a more inclusive lens to leadership styles. (Intended audience(s): Student Leaders)

Power and Privilege Workshop

In an ever-growing multifaceted society, it is important to evaluate our roles, responsibilities, and social statuses. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of power and privilege. Privilege operates on personal, interpersonal, cultural, and institutional levels and gives advantages, favors, and benefits to members of dominant groups at the expense of members of target groups. Power is the ability or official authority to decide what is best for others, to decide who will have access to resources, and the capacity to exercise control over others. A thorough discussion will commence as well as strategies to incorporate these two concepts into your working knowledge. (Intended audience(s): Student Leaders)

Keynote Address

Our team has a host of experiences and talents and we are willing to keynote your event. Our topics are limited to areas of diversity and inclusion that specifically relate to undergraduate student engagement.

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