The Office of Inclusive Engagement fosters inclusive excellence by facilitating engaging learning spaces that invite multiple perspectives and identities, which builds the competencies and skills of the Mizzou community.
Our educational and professional development series offerings can be viewed through the Inclusive Excellence Framework dimension of Education & Scholarship. Our goal is to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and volunteers in learning varied perspectives of domestic and international diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.
- Communicating Across Differences Series
- Core Concepts Series
- Diverse Innovations Series
- Inclusion and Belonging Series
- School of Medicine: Professional Development Series
- Summer Express Series
Learn: Educational sessions will present up-to-date information about concepts backed up with evidence-based research and delivered in a succinct, understandable, and practical manner.
Engage: Educational sessions will create and hold spaces for elevated conversations. Here, the facilitator will enable and encourage sense making, discussion, and information processing through open-ended questions, respectful deliberation, and meaningful interactions.
Apply: Educational sessions will serve as laboratories for participants to test new ideas, put in practice newly learned concepts, and operationalize different constructs. Ultimately, ‘practice’ here is understood as a continuous rehearsal where knowledge is exercised and maintained.
Promote: Educational sessions will equip participants with transferable knowledge and skills that can be carried out outside the sessions. Participants will be invited to expand, reproduce, and circulate the outcomes of the sessions.
Note: These steps are not sequential or mutually exclusive; they build on each other, intertwine with one another, and permeate the entire Inclusive Engagement sessions.
Sessions Code of Intentions
- Observe and listen carefully
- Be curiously present
- Withhold judgment
- Challenge your assumptions
- Embrace discomfort
- Entertain new ideas
- Exercise kindness
Training/Facilitation Typical Structure
A typical 90-minute session will look like the following, however sessions can be adapted to any time frame.
- Introductions and pre-test (5 mins)
- Icebreakers and roadmap (10 mins)
- Overview of topic (20 mins)
- Individual or group skill-building (30 mins)
- Group debrief (10 mins)
- Wrap-up and next steps (10 mins)
- Post-test and evaluations (5 mins)