This session uses creative expression and personal reflection to deconstruct the notion of diversity as otherness. The desired outcome is for participants to get to know one another beyond their social signifiers; however, in order to achieve this outcome, we need to recognize how these social signifiers matter.


This workshop engages participants to develop their thinking around diversity:

  • What do we mean when we describe someone as a diverse individual?
  • Is the label of diversity exclusive to certain groups?
  • Do we all have a stake in diversity because human experience is so varied?


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).

Time and Location

Jan. 24, May 15
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
North End Center


Michele Deramo
Office for Inclusion and Diversity

Lia Kelinsky
Division of Student Affairs


Free, but space is limited.
All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This workshop is a core requirement for the Diversity Ally Certificate.