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Nov. 21, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Diversity and Inclusion on Thursday graduated 28 employees as the fifth cohort of its Institute for Social Justice, a collaborative effort with the goal of advancing intercultural competence among University employees.
The program offers social justice training to Northwest employees through videos, presentations and conversation. It provides participants with a transformational experience to explore their own social justice skills, learn how they show up in the world and advance their own intercultural competence.
It consists of seven weekly sessions, all of which the participants must attend to graduate.
“The participants within Cohort Five did a lot of great self-work,” Director of Diversity and Inclusion Steve Bryant said. “It was an honor to see them continue to challenge themselves and each other to dismantle the oppressive thoughts and actions we see in our society.”
The Northwest Institute for Social Justice originated in the spring of 2013, and 13 University employees graduated from the program. To date, 86 employees have completed the program.
Twenty of the 28 employees to complete the most recent cycle represented Northwest’s School of Education, including its Horace Mann Laboratory School and Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. Dr. Tim Wall, dean of the School of Education, said he was heartened that so many of his colleagues participated in the Social Justice Institute as a professional learning opportunity while reflecting on ways to break down systems of structural inequity in our society and in our culture.
“Social justice matters. What we do, how we think, how we treat others and individuals and groups matters,” Wall said. “Steve Bryant and his team helped us unlock some of the ways that we can put components of social justice into our day-to-day lives, in our teaching, and in the way we structure our schools.”
The following employees completed the program this fall:
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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