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The Multicultural Competency Workshop Series is intended to provide an opportunity for professionals to improve their capacity to relate to, support, manage, teach and/or lead individuals whose social identities differ from their own. In a complex, multicultural world individuals must continuously work to improve their awareness, knowledge, and skills of groups which may differ from themselves based on sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, ability, and socioeconomic status.

While we are offering these workshops here for individual participation, any Temple University office or department can request a workshop to be tailored to their needs. These workshops provide an opportunity for Temple employees to improve their skills in meeting Temple's Human Resources Department Performance Development System competencies in the following areas:

Respect and Valuing Diversity: Demonstrates the ability to recognize, understand, accept and appreciate the value of workplace diversity; respects the practices, values, and points of view of other individuals and groups.

Interpersonal Skills: Consistently exhibiting the ability to work effectively with others by expressing oneself clearly and effectively when speaking and writing, listening attentively, insuring that communication is understood by all parties involved, and managing one's emotions and workplace behaviors.

Teamwork and Collaboration: Works cooperatively with others, contributes to and accepts group opinion. Understands that organizational and team goals take precedence over individual goals.

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Leading and Teaching without Fear: Embracing Diversity through Constructive Conflict. April 2, 2014 3pm-5pm.

Professionals are often beset by various challenges of teaching, managing or leadinggroups who differ from them based on race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability and religion. Contemporary educational, organizational and corporate environments desire to be inclusive and value diversity in the discussion of controversial societal topics but many professionals are uncomfortable managing the resulting conflicts. Leading and Teaching without Fear is designed to introduce an innovative approach to teaching, facilitating, managing and team building.

This workshop will demonstrate how Transformational Social Therapy (TST) provides a framework for overcoming the intractable social issues preventing cooperation and promoting mistrust among and within groups and assist participants in developing their capacity to facilitate learning around diversity-related content and/or enhancing their pedagogy and leadership for a diverse audience. This workshop will assist participants in discovering their individual obstacles to effective leadership and teaching, especially among diverse groups. Participants will learn how TST provides a context for participants to express their emotions, feel sufficiently safe to come into non-violent conflict, share information, and engage in transformative action on problems that affect them and their organizations. The main goal of this workshop is to foster practices that support intergroup collaboration, understanding and interactions for effective leadership and teaching.

Dialoguing About Race: Minimizing Guilt, Rage and Fear through Authentic Engagement. April 21, 2014 3pm-5pm.

Many higher education professionals find it challenging to elicit and facilitate substantive, honest dialogues about race. Faculty, administrators and students may fear being misunderstood or judged, of offending others, or of experiencing damaging conflict. And yet we must invite conflict if we are to gain the cognitive and affective learning outcomes that are possible in diverse institutions.

Because most people do not engage in non-violent race dialogues on a consistent basis, we are incapacitated by guilt, rage and fear. This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to move beyond their emotions to authentically engage real people others in conversations about race without being socially violent with each other.

There are numerous racial problems extant in the U.S. and world that require collective action from members of all racial groups. In order to move beyond race, there must be a cadre of leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, and scientist who can engage race in a way that fosters authentic engagement of each individual and group. This workshop is designed for participants to explore their individual obstacles to fully accepting individuals by both including and moving beyond a persons race.

Utilizing Multicultural Competency as a Tool for Transformational Leadership and Pedagogical Excellence. May 7, 2014 3pm-5pm.

Utilizing Multicultural Competency as a Tool for Transformational Leadership and Pedagogical Excellence will engage participants in a multi-media, interactive, self reflective presentation to enhance individual understanding and expertise of best practices in leading and teaching a diverse population of students and employees. This workshop will utilize historical and contemporary examples from popular movies and television shows, along with educational and governmental data, to enlighten the audience about the humor and horror of multicultural incompetency. This presentation is intended to empower participants with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to affirm the multicultural reality of people and issues existing within their schools, organizations, and communities based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ability, and class.

This workshop will require participants to complete self-reflective exercises and to dialogue with each other to augment their learning and further their engagement. In the end, participants will be provided with a framework for improving their multicultural competency on an individual and institutional basis.  As this workshop is intended to be thought-provoking, practical, inspirational and fun, participants should leave equipped with some new tools that will benefit them as they teach and work with others.

Communicating in a Diverse World: Expanding Your Capacity for Diversity Engagement. May 22, 2014 1:30pm-4:30pm.

As professional and personal environments become more numerically diverse, developing the capacity to engage people who are different becomes a valuable skill for enhancing relationships. Because diversity is omnipresent, everyone has experienced challenges in communicating to individuals from groups who vary from them based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and ability.

Workshop attendees will participate in a variety of interactive exercises focused on raising each person’s self-awareness to improve their capacity to communicate effectively in diverse environments. Given one’s limited ability to control external forces, each individual has an enormous capacity to control their own responses to diverse environments in a manner that elicits trust, supports relationship building and overcomes conflicts that sometimes exist within diversity exchanges.

The goal is to help participants develop the capacity to  better engage diverse groups. Participants will directly experience strategies that they can use to create environments where participants feel enough trust, security and motivation to engage honestly and productively about their different experiences and perspectives.


Tchet Dereic Dorman is the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership at Temple University. Tchet has a wide variety of experiences over the past 24 years as a university instructor and administrator, having worked at 14 higher education institutions, including Temple University, Lebanon Valley College, Albright College, Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, and Philadelphia University.

He has also made over 100 presentations promoting multicultural competency, inclusion, bias awareness, and leadership development at conferences, educational institutions, and various organizations across the country. Some of his most popular workshops have been: Leading and Teaching without Fear: Embracing Diversity through Constructive Conflict; Real Men are Feminist: The Role, Challenges and Power of Men Eradicating Sexism; Strategies for Responding to Campus Hate and Bias; Power in Unity: Strategic Organizing for Multicultural Affairs Professionals in Higher Education; Engaging Diversity for Organizational Transformation and Leadership Development; Developing Your Capacity to Co-Facilitate Diversity Dialogues; None of Us Are Free Until All Are Free: The Case for a Multi-Lateral, Multi-Faceted, Multi-Dimensional Revolution; and Common Threads for Diverse Minds: Utilizing Multicultural Competency as a Tool for Pedagogical Excellence and Self Development.

He has also been the Director of Multicultural Affairs at both Albright College and Lebanon Valley College and the Director of the Ronald McNair Faculty-In-Training Program at Temple University. He also taught courses at Temple, including African American History, African Literature and Introduction to African American Studies; at Community College of Philadelphia, he has taught Introduction to Sociology and Cultural Anthropology; taught a Multiculturalism and the American Identity at LVC; and taught Black History at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Tchet is an advanced doctoral student in African American Studies at Temple University, where he also received his Master’s degree in the same field. He received his bachelor’s degree in Black Studies and Government from Oberlin College in Ohio. In 2007, Tchet received theEducator of the Year Awardfrom the National Association for Multicultural Education.