Opening Doors Workshop

Date: May 20, 2014 - May 22, 2014
Location: Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI

What is Opening Doors?

Opening Doors is an overnight three (3) day retreat that lays the foundation for personal and organizational growth. Through this workshop, participants explore a framework that deepens their diversity awareness and enhances their ability to create inclusive organizations. The workshop addresses personal and professional change as part of an understanding differences initiative of multicultural organizational development.

In the Opening Doors workshop participants will: Increase understanding of diversity by identifying and learning more about their own identity groups; Identify personal feelings and experiences related to cultural and other differences among people; Examine how practices of institutions, as well as our own personal practices, maintain inequities among people and prevent us all from reaching our potential; Collectively develop a framework and common language in order to facilitate change; Build alliances and networks.

Who can participate?

Everyone in the Michigan State University organization! Opening Doors is beneficial to all employees including faculty, para-professionals, team leaders, support personnel and administrators.  Workshop participants represent the diversity within our organization. The combination of professionals adds a dimension of diversity that brings much richness to the process.

Quotes from Past participants:

“Opening Doors was/is a great workshop. I attended the September 2007 workshop in North Carolina and I was delighted with the honesty of the people attending and the non-threatening atmosphere of the workshop. The workshop allowed for open and candid discussion regarding diversity and tolerance. I recommend Opening Doors to everyone who works with people.” Walter Pett, assistant professor, MSU Department of Entomology.

“The Opening Doors experience provided me with the opportunity to continue my individual journey toward multicultural awareness and transformation while also providing me with a helpful framework to process issues related to privilege, power and how to bean effective anti-oppression ally in my professional and personal settings.” Dionardo Pizaña, diversity and personnel specialist, MSU Extension, Opening Doors apprentice facilitator.

“The workshop provided me the opportunity to reflect on the ideas, and my own ideas of diversity, pluralism and tolerance. It created a space for me to share my personal experiences around these ideas as well as to listen to the experiences of other workshop participants. Some of the experiences shared were very moving. While the workshop allowed for personal reflection and sharing of feelings and sentiments that flow from our life’s experience with these ideas, the workshop also provided a platform to dialogue about what these concepts mean in terms of academic accountability and institutional reform.”  Rene Rosenbaum, associate professor, Department of Community Sustainability.

“Opening Doors created a safe space for some of the most open conversations about race, religion and sexuality that I’ve ever had. I loved it and left with many thing’s to think about.” Gwen Pearson, assistant director for education and outreach, Kellogg Biological Station.

CANR Sponsored Workshop Fees:

  • CANR/MSUE/ABR Employees - Free
  • Other MSU Employees $75
  • Non-MSU Employees $125