Year of Inclusion

Division of Student Affairs Innovation Team

Year of Inclusion Professional Development Series


The purpose of the Year of Inclusion Initiative is to be intentional with focusing on inclusion to break down barriers and strengthen interpersonal relationships in an effort to deepen understandings of self and community identities. We hope you’ll join us in the Lightbulb Lab series!


Lightbulb Labs- Professional Development Workshops:

***All sessions held in the Tillman-Smart Room

September 19 | 12pm-1pm

Biases & Bumper Stickers – This active workshop will address the question, “How can I address my biases if I don’t know what they are?” Through self-reflection and challenge-by-choice conversations, participants can learn about conscious and unconscious bias and identify ways to works towards more inclusive thinking, therefore contributing to a more embracing work and student-centric environment.

Presenters:  Carla Fullwood, Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement & Maggie Gillespie, Coordinator for Special Projects, Housing & Residence Life


October 23 | 2-3pm

Generational Identity – This interactive workshop will allow participants to explore similarities and differences between generations in the workplace, with the goal of promoting inclusion within student affairs at UNCG.

Presenters: Sidney Fletcher, Adaptive Technology Specialist, Office of Accessibility Resources & Services & Curtis Tarver, Associate Director of Campus Activities and Programs & Fraternity and Sorority Life


November 8 | 10am-11am

Implicit Bias Decoded – Have you ever found yourself assuming something about someone–based on their appearance or how they talk–and getting it totally wrong?  We all do it, but are we aware of how much damage our expressed assumptions can do?  Join us in exploring what triggers these assumptions, and what we can do to get beyond them.

Presenters: Sarah Carrig, Lecturer in Spanish, Faculty-in-Residence, Living and Learning Communities Service-learning Instructor for the Global Village & Sarah Jefferson, Assistant Director, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities


January 17 | 11am-12pm

When Inclusion is Exclusion – Attendees will review what has been addressed in YOI workshops about inclusion thus far and deconstruct the word itself (what does it mean/how do we live it).

Presenters: April Marshall, Assistant Director, Office of Leadership and Service Learning & Frannie Varker, Assistant Director, Department of Recreation & Wellness/Director, Team QUEST


February 8 | 12PM-1:30pm

Reframing Gender: Challenging Gender Norms in your Daily Life – This workshop is designed to first provide a space to examine ways in which the gender binary and social gender norms are upheld in daily action. We hope to provide tools and strategies that help attendees reframe the way they view gender at cultural/societal, community, and personal levels.

Presenters: Dr. Susan Blake, Staff Counselor, Counseling Center, Elliott Kimball, Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement


March 5 | 12PM-1pm

Incorporating Grace in Your Professional Life – Being inclusive in your professional practice requires a general understanding of grace as it applies to others and yourself. This session introduces the attendees to grace (used secularly, not spiritually), as well as ways to implement grace within your professional life.

Presenters: April Marshall, Assistant Director, Office of Leadership and Service Learning & Daniel Wiggins, Coordinator for Residence Life, Housing and Residence Life


Year to READ (Read Engaging Articles about Diversity)- Passive Professional Development:

Join the committee on the last Friday of each month (except November) from 10-11am to discuss an article. All locations are in the Office of Intercultural Engagement. Stop by as you can!


Additional articles you may find interesting:

“Easy Ways to Be More Inclusive in Student Affairs” by Kayley Robsham


Save the date!

Hot Topics Conference- March 9, 2018

Stay tuned for more information, including invitation to propose a program!