The Princeton-Blairstown Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Workshops build social-emotional skills and help participants develop a greater understanding of diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competency.

Goals for participants include:

  • Recognizing how their own and others’ identities influence their interactions;

  • Listening to others’ views and analyzing these in relation to their own reflexive listening;

  • Taking on and trying to understand multiple perspectives different from their own;

  • Skillfully navigating uncomfortable and controversial dialogues and reflecting on these dialogues; and

  • Formulating thoughtful, high-order questions that challenge their own preconceptions and original views.

Our diverse staff lead small groups of 10-12 participants through carefully sequenced exercises designed to actively engage them in meaningful conversations that result in changed behaviors when they return to their schools and organizations.

Trained facilitators use values clarification exercises, experiential exercises and simulations, role plays, videos, visualization, journaling, and reflection to educate and engage students in making change. Each program is individually crafted and built around organization-specific needs by focusing on key questions:

  • What changes are needed in your organization?

  • How does this training fit into your overall diversity strategy?

  • For whom is the training intended, and what are the participants’ stages of development regarding diversity and inclusion?

A two- to three-hour introductory diversity workshop can be offered at your site or delivered during a group’s visit to the Blairstown Campus.  More extensive work is best done during a 24- to 48-hour intensive program on Campus. We use the Center's property, rustic facilities (cabins with bunk beds), and challenge and ropes courses to “level the playing field” by taking participants out of their comfort zones and eliminating distractions so participants can focus on the work.  Less rustic facilities are also available for groups of up to 15 adults to explore diversity and inclusion issues.