BaCE workshops registration

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

BaCEBe sure to complete your IDI pre-assessment prior to participating in any BaCE workshop below. Measuring both mindset and skillset, the IDI pre-assessment allows you to see how you make sense of and respond to cultural differences. It will only require 15 – 30 minutes of your time to complete!

Register for the IDI Pre-Assessment


Spring 2021 Workshops

Group 1 Workshops

Group 2 Workshops

Group 3 Workshops

Group 4 Workshops


MLK 2021: Refocusing Equity at WSU Vancouver

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for MLK 2021: Refocusing Equity (January)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for MLK 2021: Refocusing Equity (February)

  • Facilitator: Obie Ford III
  • This is a group 4 workshop
  • Format: Self-Care Session commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty, Staff and Students

Description: This workshop will center works of Martin Luther King Jr. to assist participants in refocusing and realizing equity at WSU Vancouver. Participants will engage in self-reflection and intergroup dialogue. The bulk of this workshop is spent in brave and creative space for participants to set clear intentions and goals for equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice for the 2021 calendar year. Accordingly, participants may create an equity action poster, equity vision board, equity goals list or any resource to hold self accountable for reaching equity goals throughout the year. Materials needed for this workshop: Please bring any materials that you will need to create your equity goals. If you will create an equity action list or equity vision board, you may need items such as markers, old magazines, glue/paste, scissors, paper, etc. You may also create using software (e.g., Microsoft Office).

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Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, and Identity

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and February 24, 2021
3 – 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Registration for Tell Me Who You are is closed.

  • Facilitators: Felix Braffith and Thabiti Lewis
  • Parts 3 and 4 are Group 4 workshops
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment required
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: This is the spring continuation 4-part series, which participants will complete as a cohort. The First-Year common read at WSU Vancouver for the 20-21 academic year is the text Tell Me Who You Are. Please join the first-year students in the journey on of answering the question: “How has race, culture, or intersectionality impacted your life?” We will explore how telling our stories–and listening deeply to the stories of others can strengthen Intercultural communication in our classes and work on campus. Part 3 - Wednesday, January 27, 2021: Participants will receive support in development of a short memoir that illuminates how race, culture, or intersectionality has impacted their life. Part 4 - Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Participants will share their stories of who they are, and how it impacts their experiences and role at WSU Vancouver.

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The Myth of Colorblindness: Being Color Brave

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Color Brave

  • Facilitators: Shameem Rakha and Renny Christopher
  • This is a Group 1 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment required
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: This workshop will ask participants to explore the idea of colorblindness and its possible effects, with particular emphasis on the WSU Vancouver campus community and students. Participants will be asked to consider the difference between personal prejudice and structural racism, and to strategize alternatives to the practice of colorblindness.

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Americans with Disabilities Act Basics: Staff and Faculty Accommodations

Tuesday, February 4, 2021
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for February ADA Basics

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for April ADA Basics

  • Facilitator: Julia Getchell
  • This is a Group 3 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment strongly recommended
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by learning about reasonable accommodation processes for faculty and staff. This workshop is for faculty and staff who want to learn about how to obtain their own reasonable accommodation. Managers and supervisors who want to learn more about their role in employee reasonable accommodation processes are also welcome to attend.

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Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Intro to Universal Design

  • Facilitator: Michelle Eccles
  • This is a Group 2 workshop
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment suggested, not required
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: Universal Design for Learning is the proactive design of our courses to ensure they are educationally accessible regardless of learning style, physical or sensory abilities. This introductory workshop will help you understand what Universal Design for Learning is and what it looks like in practice. Learn how to organize your course in Blackboard or other online sites that help your students succeed; learn how to integrate active learning modules that help all of your students participate in ways that are the most successful for them.

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BaCE Monthly Action Luncheons

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for February Action Luncheon

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for March Action Luncheon

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for April Action Luncheon

  • Facilitators: Shameem Rakha, Obie Ford III, and Angela Gintz
  • This is a Group 4 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of BaCE Certificate or completion of at least 12 hours of BaCE workshops
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff who meet prerequisites

Description: This luncheon is designed to provide a safe and supportive space for BaCE participants currently engaging in or seeking to become engaged in equity work beyond BaCE workshops at WSU Vancouver. During this monthly luncheon, WSU Vancouver faculty and staff will be encouraged to share the equity work they are doing and any successes they have had and/or roadblocks they are facing. This space is an opportunity to share ideas and recommendations, get and give feedback, and activate change agency for equity. Are you on the cusp of implementing a project, initiative or research related to equity? Please feel free to join us, and bring your lunch or a snack to enjoy!

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Being Faculty of Color and Navigating Academic Life During COVID-19

Thursday, February 11, 2021
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Being Faculty of Color

  • Facilitators: Luz María Gordillo, Felix Braffith, Obie Ford III
  • This is a Group 3 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment required.
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty
    *This workshop centers the lived experiences of faculty of color.

Description: This introductory and interactive workshop, faculty of color will build community and explore what it means to be a scholar at a Tier 1 institution while also navigating a pandemic, systemic isms, instability, and chaotic elections. The workshop covers three areas including: 1. balancing research, writing, service and everyday life; 2. recognizing impostor syndrome in early academic life; and 3. maximizing strengths and support resources.

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Recognizing and Responding to Racial Microaggressions

Monday, February 22, 2021
2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Racial Microaggressions

  • Facilitators: Shameem Rakha and Obie Ford III
  • This is a Group 2 workshop.
  • This workshop recognizes Black History Month
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment required
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: This introductory workshop provides participants the opportunity to engage in activities to build capacity to recognize racial microaggressions and their impact. Participants will explore action steps and techniques to reduce and eliminate the occurrence of racial microaggressions and improve campus climate.

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I Love Reading with Obie and Renny!

Friday, February 26, 2021 (Part 1)
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
This workshop recognizes Black History Month
Register for I Love Reading Part 1

Friday, March 26, 2021 (Part 2)
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for I Love Reading Part 2

  • Facilitators: Obie Ford III and Renny Christopher
  • This is a Group 1 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment and you must register for this workshop by Monday, January 25
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

About the I Love Reading Group with Obie and Renny! The I Love Reading Group with Obie and Renny is open to WSU Vancouver faculty and staff. The reading group is a welcoming and brave space that features books with themes on equity, antiracism, dismantling systemic power and privilege, diversity, inclusion, justice, belonging, joy and love.

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Accessible Documents and Video Captions

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Accessible Documents and Captions

  • Facilitator: Michelle Eccles
  • This is a Group 4 workshop
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment recommended
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: Learn the importance of captioning for videos and strategies to make sure your office documents are accessible using the tools built into Microsoft Office.

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Confronting Colorblind Ideology on Campus

Friday, March 12, 2021
1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Confronting Colorblind Ideology

  • Facilitators: Shameem Rakha and Renny Christopher
  • This is a Group 2 workshop
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment required
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: This workshop is a follow-up for those who have taken the “Myth of Colorblindness: Being Color Brave” workshop. In this session, we will work through scenarios and collaboratively think through what we can do and say to confront color blind ideology on campus in order to create a more inclusive environment.

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Emotional Labor in Higher Education

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Emotional Labor in Higher Education

  • Facilitator: Angela Gintz
  • This is a Group 3 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment strongly recommended
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: Emotional labor is all the hidden and unpaid work that goes on to ensure a department or organization is running smoothly and comfortably, which is on top of one's required workload. It often falls to women, whether consciously or not, and it disproportionately affects women of color in higher education. This workshop will explore various facets of emotional labor in academia, its impact on staff and faculty, and ways to mitigate some of its effects. You're invited to join this dialogue as part of Women's History Month.

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Confronting Free and “Hate” Speech on Campus and in the Classroom

Monday, March 22, 2021
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Confronting Free and “Hate” Speech

  • Facilitator: Domanic Thomas
  • This is a Group 3 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment strongly recommended
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty, Staff, and Students

Description: Faculty and staff are professionally trained in a variety of areas of expertise, but hateful statements create an environment few are prepared for. Instead of taking conscious, rehearsed actions, faculty and staff often have split-second reactions, not always with the best results. The intent of this session is to develop a deeper understanding of the legal and policy foundations and limits of speech on campus as well as prepare to respond to instances of impactful and hate-filled speech that can disrupt our environment.

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Trauma Informed Campus

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Trauma Informed Campus

  • Facilitators: Allison Chambers-Dixson and Felix Braffith
  • This is a Group 3 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment strongly recommended
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: Participants will learn how trauma impacts WSU Vancouver students and how to cultivate a trauma-informed campus using current best practices. Discussion will include how to support BIPOC and other underrepresented communities who disproportionately experience trauma and post-traumatic effects.

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Learn, Unlearn, Relearn: Racism and the Cycle of Socialization

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Racism and the Cycle of Socialization

  • Facilitators: Renny Christopher and Angela Gintz
  • This is a Group 1 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment required
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: Do you ever stop to think about where your opinions or biases come from? Further, how your ideas get formed into prejudices that begin to set a foundation for racist ideologies? This workshop will explore Harro's Cycle of Socialization, a model that shows how individual behaviors are learned and then systematically reinforced and perpetuated, and in response, the Cycle of Liberation to understand ways to consciously disrupt the cycle.

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Resources for Faculty and Staff of Color: The Role of HRS and CCR

Friday, April 9, 2021
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Resources for Faculty and Staff of Color

  • Facilitators: Julia Getchell and Holly Ashkannejhad
  • This is a Group 3 workshop
  • This workshop centers the lived experiences of faculty and staff of color

Description: WSU Vancouver Director of Human Resource Services, Dr. Julia Getchell, and WSU Pullman Director of Compliance and Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator, Holly Ashkannejhad, will facilitate a session for faculty and staff of color on resources available through HRS, CCR and other campus partners. They will also provide an overview of discrimination/harassment policy and procedures at WSU including discrimination/definitions, what is covered by policy and what is not, grievance procedures, options other than investigations and retaliation prohibition. There will be time for Q&A throughout and at the end of the presentation.

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Disability Etiquette

Friday, April 16, 2021
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for Disability Etiquette

  • Facilitator: LaRonda Zupp
  • This is a Group 2 workshop.
  • Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment strongly recommended
  • Open to WSU Vancouver Faculty and Staff

Description: This workshop will guide attendees in increasing awareness about disability access, equity, inclusion and etiquette. You will explore physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent full student participation in the classroom and university community.

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For more information, see previous BaCE Workshops offered