Professional Development Opportunities

Two Day Multicultural Self-Awareness Workshops

All MSU Extension employees regardless of funding source or appointment are expected to attend this “cornerstone” multicultural workshop which sets an organizational framework for recognizing, understanding and appreciating differences. 

During this two-day Multicultural Self-Awareness Workshop, participants will explore ways in which to view interactions with people different from themselves. The emphasis is on differences rather than similarities. The workshop focuses on the individual and helps explore belief systems about multiculturalism to identify feelings and values from a multicultural perspective. This intensive learning experience focuses on increasing awareness of several areas of prejudice, discrimination and oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and ableism.  Participants are encouraged to reflect on how they’ve learned to think about human differences and on the widespread tendency to view differences within a monocultural view of “better than/less than” thinking. In addition, participants have opportunities to apply what they’re learning to work-related scenarios and explore alternative, more helpful behaviors.

Due to the nature of the workshop, you are asked to participate fully in the two days without phone calls, meetings and other interruptions which diminish the learning experience for all. The cost to attend the workshop for MSUE employees is $75. Non-MSU Extension employees are also able to attend at a cost of $150.

Register for any of the workshop offerings in 2015 by clicking on the registration links below: 

February 27-28, 2017
MSU Federal Credit Union – Community Room
4825 Mt. Hope Road
East Lansing, MI

March 16-17, 2017
Odawa Casino Resort
1444 US Highway 131 South
Petoskey, MI 49770

April 5-6, 2017
MSU Extension Tollgate Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI

June 20-21, 2017
MSU Extension Tollgate Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI

September 21-22, 2017
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI

November 8-9, 2017
Ziibiwing Cultural Center
6650 E. Broadway
Mt. Pleasant, MI

Opening Doors: A Personal and Professional Journey Workshop

Opening Doors is an overnight three (3) day retreat that is held yearly in May 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.

Click here for an Opening Doors brochure


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