Increase Understanding

Approaching each other with openness and understanding is the foundation for developing a more welcoming community. The trainings below offer some baseline information on working in a diverse environment.

Trainings

Building cultural competency

Organizations value collaboration and cultural diversity but the reality of working together across cultures can be challenging and confusing. This two-hour session, titled "Introduction to Cultural Competency," explores some of the communication barriers and value differences inherent in the intercultural workplace as well as some tips for improving cross-cultural communication skills and developing cultural empathy. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own intercultural work experiences.
Audience: Faculty, staff 
Format: In-person course, offered by the Office of Human Resources
More information: View the schedule for trainings.

Challenging stereotypes

This three-hour training session, titled "OUCH, That Stereotype Hurts," helps individuals gain communication skills for success in today's diverse world and at the same time, play a part in creating a fairer, more respectful workplace and society. Participants will learn to understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, even when casually said; identify the most common reasons people sit silent in the face of bias and stereotypes; and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.
Audience: Faculty, staff
Format: In-person course, offered by the Office of Human Resources
More information: View the schedule for trainings.

Understanding disabilities

This two-hour session, titled "Disabilities 101," is a crash course in understanding both visible and hidden disabilities. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively with and about individuals with sensory, physical, cognitive and psychological disabilities. The session is an educational, entertaining and interactive one where the participants will take part in a simulation to experience what it is like to have a learning disability and other hidden disabilities.
Audience: Faculty, staff
Format: In-person course, offered by the Office of Human Resources
More information: View the schedule for trainings
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Lectures & discussions

Campus lectures and discussions

Regular events and lecture series provide opportunities to learn about identity, inclusion and cultural competencies. The Fields Center, Women's Center, LGBT Center, Davis International Center and Office of Religious Life program calendars are great places to start. The central Public Events Calendar has additional items from around campus.
Audience: Faculty, staff, students
Format: Campus program calendars

Student conversations

This program, titled "Ask Big Questions," brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. These conversations create community and spark action.
Audience: Students
Format: Facilitated dialogue, offered by the Center for Jewish Life
More information: Learn more about "Ask Big Questions."

Engaging differences

"Sustained Dialogue" brings students together to address race and other deep-rooted social divisions through meaningful relationships and ongoing dialogue.
Audience: Students
Format: Facilitated dialogue, offered by the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
More information: Learn more about "Sustained Dialogue."

Academic courses

Cultural and ethnic diversity is one of the major defining characteristics of intellectual as well as community life at Princeton, and a wide range of courses in the Princeton curriculum offer students the opportunity to analyze cultural diversity and cross-cultural encounters. The majority of the courses listed focus directly on racial and ethnic identity and diversity in the United States; a smaller number deal more broadly with cross-cultural encounter within and beyond the Americas.
Audience: Students
Format: Semester-long academic courses, offered by the University

More information: View a list (.pdf) of academic courses on multicultural and diversity-related topics.

Diversity and Inclusion Resources at Princeton

Learn more about campus diversity and inclusion resources and offices.

 

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Addressing Campus Climate

President Eisgruber updates the Princeton University community on recent campus events.

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