Making Diversity Programs More Than an Experience

While in undergraduate students at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Diversity Author, Speaker and Presenter, Justin L. Brown found that many of his peers and colleagues lacked the diversity skills needed to be successful in the global market. Many of his friends and acquaintances displayed several “micro aggressive” behaviors which ultimately led him to create the D.A.P. (Diversity Awareness Program).

“I created this program to give students the necessary tools, skills and confidence to have authentic relationships with one another.”

If your not familiar, the purpose of “D.A.P.” is to encourage diversity and cultural unity in all areas of life among students, faculty, and staff on the University campus. This will be accomplished through energetic and vigorous engagements of dynamic discussions on issues and ideas. “D.A.P.” serves as a catalyst in encouraging students and members to search for opportunities to become more culturally aware and conscious.

So is this just like any other diversity program?

GUESS AGAIN!

Justin’s method of facilitating diversity training is through the facilitation of games, activities, icebreakers, team builders, social experiences and role playing. Students, staff and faculty alike love his program and he has been invited to more than 300 schools in the programs existence. This 2-hour high energy presentation incorporates very strong fundamental ideas and concepts on topics relating to diversity. Topics are presented in a new and exciting way, which allows students to actively engage in discussions on social issues and ideas. Justin’s presentation style is high energy, while demonstrating his approach in interaction amongst the participating individuals.

Justin’s method to engage students is unique: his sessions are dynamic and organized, and his enthusiasm for crowd participation motivates and encourages students to actively participate. Justin uses various sources of media in his workshops such as PowerPoint, video clips, cell phones, role playing and games to create a constructive learning environment. Students will feel comfortable, eager to participate and ready to learn more about each other and themselves. One of Justin’s most useful techniques is the “turn and talk” method. This is where he says, “Turn to your partner, friend, teammate, etc.” and students engage in the activity. He also likes to use the “call and answer” method, where he asks the audience a series of questions and they respond. The program is fun from beginning to end, and participants walk away learning useful tips, techniques and strategies to help them in their daily lives.

But we can’t forget the learning outcomes!

Students Will…

  • Engage in experiential learning in the domains of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, age, and social class towards an analysis of equity.
  • Explore challenges that surface amidst interactions between people of different backgrounds, world views, environmental opportunities, and how social contexts exacerbate or reduce those challenges.
  • Participate in thought-provoking, fun activities in large and small groups that will challenge thinking, understanding, society views and personal experiences.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of relationships in diversity, inequality, and social, economic, and political power both in the United States and globally.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of relationships in diversity, inequality, and social, economic, and political power both in the United States and globally.

ABOUT JUSTIN:

Justin Brown is a well known speaker and diversity instructor in the field of higher education. He currently works as a resident director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Justin’s passion for working with students developed while pursuing a bachelors degree in public relations from Slippery Rock University. During his undergraduate tenure, Justin was actively involved on campus, working and collaborating with various offices and departments on campus. It was during this time that Justin created the Diversity Awareness Program (D.A.P), a program dedicated to raising awareness and educating college campuses about the importance of diversity, and the embracing of all cultures and backgrounds. Justin then continued nurturing D.A.P through his graduate studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while working towards earning his masters degree in student affairs in higher education. D.A.P. has successfully grown in popularity, having visited over 100 colleges and universities, and over 20 chapters established within those institutions.

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