University 101 Programs




Celebrating Differences While Creating Community

This presentation covers the basics of diversity. What is diversity? Who is diverse? Why is diversity so important? And finally, what does USC look like? This presentation mixes the basics of diversity with ways we can celebrate our human differences. Participants interact through dialogue and activities to learn more about their classmates and how they relate to their USC peers and beyond!

Learning Outcomes

This presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:
III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World

As a result of this presentation, students will:

  • Be able to define diversity and identify core examples of what it encompasses.
  • Be able to explain how they personally contribute to the diversity at USC.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize blatant prejudice and discrimination.
  • Be able to differentiate between celebrating our human differences and stereotyping individuals based on those differences.
  • Be able to identify campus resources where they may learn more about diversity and multiculturalism.

Program Description

The program is slated to run 50 minutes, but can easily be extended to an hour and fifteen minute class period as well. Presenters for this program include at least one professional staff member and 1 to 2 EMPOWER Diversity Peer Educators. All presenters will have training in facilitation skills based on the Anti-Defamation League: A World of Difference program. The presentation opens with a deinhibitizor to get everyone in the same mindset; the building of a Full-Value Contract then rolls into an interactive activity followed by a space for processing and dialogue. We will close with a Q & A on campus resources and upcoming events.

For complete information on the different presentations OMSA offers in Diversity & Social Justice Education please Education please visit: http://www.sa.sc.edu/omsa/files/2010/05/OMSA-Workshops1.pdf