NCBI Workshops Promote Prevention, Understanding, Acceptance

Posted: May 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

To eliminate prejudice and inter-group conflict in the university workplace, the Multicultural Research and Resource Center of University Life hosts two workshops this month. Both are held in Mason Hall, Room D3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A workshop on the Prejudice Reduction Model, held Tuesday, May 23, focuses on the institutional and emotional impact of discrimination. Participants learn how to identify and address racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

A workshop on the Controversial Issues Process, held Thursday, May 25, provides a structured method for communicating on both sides of a controversy. This process helps groups work through issues that may cause division and animosity.

The workshops, organized by Dennis Webster, director of the Multicultural Research and Resource Center and cofounder of the George Mason chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), are modeled after initiatives created by NCBI, a nonprofit organization with the goal of eliminating prejudice and conflict among communities worldwide. The goal of the workshops is to incorporate NCBI capabilities into the functioning of administrative and faculty offices and to supplement curricula or faculty and staff training.

“Since its inception in 1984, NCBI’s prejudice reduction and conflict resolution models have been key to reducing inter-group conflict at many colleges and universities,” says Karen Rosenblum, vice president of University Life. “The programs offer a systematic approach to welcoming diversity and addressing controversial issues both in and outside the classroom.”

Register for the workshops by Monday, May 15, by contacting Webster at x32380.

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