Diversity & Inclusion Workshops
The Princeton-Blairstown Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Workshops are focused on building social-emotional skills and helping participants develop a greater understanding of diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competency. The over-arching goals of our work focus on helping participants:
1. Recognize how their own and others’ identities influence their interactions;
2. Listen to others’ views and analyze these in relation to their own reflexive listening;
3. Take on and try to understand multiple perspectives different from their own;
4. Skillfully navigate uncomfortable and controversial dialogues and reflect on these dialogues; and
5. Formulate thoughtful, high-order questions that challenge their own preconceptions and original views.
Our diverse staff are highly trained and experienced facilitators. They lead small groups (10-12) of 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.
Our staff 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?
Our staff can design a two to three hour introductory diversity workshop that is delivered during a group’s visit to the Blairstown Campus or delivered at your site. More intensive work is best done during a 24 to 48 hour intensive at our 264-acre Blairstown 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 that 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.