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April 26, 2013
Thirteen Northwest Missouri State University employees may now call themselves graduates of the University’s Institute for Social Justice, a program offered at Northwest for the first time this year to advance intercultural competence.
The seven-week program concluded April 16 with a graduation ceremony where the graduates reflected on their experiences. They discussed what they learned during the program and how they will apply that learning to their fields.
The first graduates of the Northwest Institute for Social Justice are:
The program consisted of 90-minute sessions each Tuesday that included short video clips, presentations and discussions.
“The Institute is built upon a framework of collaborative learning designed for the participants to do self-work,” said Steve Bryant, director of intercultural affairs at Northwest. “Each week participants were asked to pay attention and notice inequities in our society and how they as individuals are showing up in the world.”
Added Bryant, “Participants learned how race, as well as the rest of our identities, play into everything we do. Participants worked to analyze each piece of the system of racial inequity to better understand how complicated it is.”
The program was sponsored by Northwest’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Intercultural Affairs.
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