Departments throughout the University offer workshops and trainings to help members of our community enhance their knowledge and understanding of cultural differences, similarities, and perceptions; and provide tools that help them more effectively engage in building and maintaining a more diverse and inclusive community.

Bias Incident Response System Training 

This training was developed to assist members of our community to effectively use the Bias Incident Reporting Form and system.  The class is required for Resident Advisers, University Police, Bias Incident Response Team members, and “first responders.”  Participants will explore:

  • Recognizing a Bias Related Incident
  • Understanding the Bias Incident Response Process
  • Reporting and Documenting Bias Incidents
  • Examples of Bias Incidents

GateKeepers Workshop Series

GK 1:  Enhancing Our Community through Inclusion

This workshop will engages faculty, staff, and students in dialogue and activities that will emphasize the broad definition and value of diversity, inclusion, and engagement; enhance participant’s knowledge and understanding of how culture impacts values, behaviors, perception and communication styles; and provide tools for managing conflict and improving cross-cultural interactions.

GK 2:  Cross Cultural Conflict & Dialogue

This, the second workshop in the Gatekeepers Workshop Series, examines cross cultural conflict by exploring differences in conflict styles through theory and practice.  In this workshop, participants will:

  • explore how culture influences our openness to discuss certain topics;
  • increase self-awareness by completing the Intercultural Conflict Assessment (ICS) to determine their own approach to solving problems and managing conflict;
  • participate in exercises that allow them to understand a range of cultural conflict styles that are different from their own;
  • and practice intercultural communication skills across conflict style differences.
GK 3:  Contact Theory and Dialogue

Engaging in effective dialogue is challenging to most individuals because dialogue, by definition, is having conversation for the sole purpose of understanding someone better; whereas, debate is defined as having a conversation for the sole purpose of winning. This workshop examines barriers that prevent and discourage effective dialogue, particularly across difference.   During this workshop participants will:

  • learn about contact theory and explore how greater contact with diverse identity groups can enhance knowledge and effectiveness;
  • discuss implicit bias and stereotype threat;
  • receive information about dialogue and practice using effective dialogue skills.

(For more details about GateKeepers Workshops and registration, please click here.)

Safe Zone Training (Faculty, Staff, & Students)

The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone. Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.
To sign up for a Safe Zone training, click here.