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Conversations on Diversity+Equity (CODE) Workshops

CODE is designed to engage students, faculty and staff in learning about the cultural differences that shape our world. The main goal of the program is to create spaces for them to explore complex aspects of the diversity and equity framework. The ultimate outcome of providing these experiences for participants is to work towards an inclusive campus community where everyone respects the value and dignity of all of its members.

Workshop Series

Our team of Diversity Facilitators will provide supportive environments for participants to build their cultural competence along a continuum of learning opportunities that will help them shape a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with others and develop skills to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.

CODE 1 - Situating The Self

Who Am I? This workshop introduces opportunities for participants to explore their own unique cultural identities and the identities of others. Through a series of interactive exercises, they will learn general diversity terms and concepts, share the personal stories that frame their values related to cultural difference and identify the multitude of ways that their identities shape their understanding of the world.

CODE 2 - Building Community

Who Are We? This workshop focuses on building dialogue. Review the description and select the workshop that best meets the needs of the participants.  Workshop participants will learn how to effectively engage in conversations and resolve conflicts about issues that impact the way they relate to people with different experiences, histories beliefs, traditions, and values that are different from their own.

CODE 3 - Power Dynamics of Difference

How Do We Relate? This workshop invites participants to cultivate a self-reflective awareness of their identity, personal beliefs, and values related to cultural and social inequalities. Participants will develop critical thinking skills and knowledge regarding how privilege and oppression shape their experiences and perspectives in relationship and communities.

CODE 4 - Engaging Systems of Oppressions

This workshop aims to immerse dedicated individuals with the lifelong dedication necessary for social justice work.

Customized Workshop

We will consult with you to meet the needs of staff, faculty, and students by creating tailored interactive workshops depending on the needs of participants. The workshop aims to connect participants to critical theories and frameworks, diversity, and inclusion.


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Become a Diversity Facilitator

The CODE Diversity Facilitators are NIU faculty, staff and students who have been trained to conduct workshops to help participants understand the various stages of their cultural identity development. They provide supportive learning environments where participants can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with others and acquire skills to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.

The workshops offered are scaffolded on a continuum from beginner to advanced so that groups have the opportunity customize an experience based on their level of competence.

Facilitator trainings are offered throughout the academic year. If you are interested in learning about how to become a facilitator at NIU, contact Jocelyn Santana at jsantana@niu.edu.

Training Curriculum Outcomes

An outline of the learning outcomes for the training curriculum for the CODE Facilitator Training follows:

Content Expert Training

  • Learn about the various dimensions of social identity
  • Understand terms and concepts used in diversity and social justice education such as privilege, oppression, power and conflict
  • Explore social identity theories that impact student development

Identity Self-Awareness Training

  • Explore the various dimensions of your social identity
  • Analyze how these identities impact your approach to diversity and social justice work
  • Understand how to negotiate your social identities in the facilitation process
  • Continue your personal growth and development in the areas of social justice education

Managing Power Dynamics/Resistance

  • Discuss theory and practice of group observation, conflict intervention, intergroup communication and community building
  • Develop practical skills in managing power dynamics in a workshop
  • Learn to respond to resistance in a workshop

Curriculum Development

  • Learn how to develop workshops that effectively address the stated goals and outcomes
  • Create workshops that showcase a variety of teaching methods

Current Diversity Facilitiators

Name Title Department
Albrecht, Payton Graduate Hall Director Housing and Residential Services
Armstrong, Eric Director Military and Post-Traditional Student Services
Bernoudy, Monique Assistant Vice President Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Billingsly, Danica Clinical Assistant Professor School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Birch, Zach Assistant Director-Student Leadership Housing and Residential Services
Boston, Tamara Project Coordinator Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Bringas, Michelle Director Asian American Resource Center
Camacho, Oliver Counselor CHANCE Program
Carrington, LaBrian Academic Counselor/Advisor Academic Advising Center
Clark Reidenbach, Pam Executive Director Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE)
Cohen, James Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Comber, Evelyn Associate Director of Student Affairs Assessment Student Affairs
Connelly, Renee Graduate Assistant Student Involvement and Leadership Development
Del Llano, Elbia Hall Director Housing and Residential Services
Drott, Andrea Associate Director Recreation and Wellness
Edghill-Walden, Vernese Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Edwards, Anne Director Center for Black Studies
Ellis, Pernevlon Assistant Professsor and Faculty Coordinator Sociology; Diversity Programming at Kishwaukee College
Flynn, Joseph Associate Professor Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Franklin, Amy Assistant to the Vice President Student Affairs
Frantz, Kaitlyn Pastor NIU - The Inclusive Collective
Garcia, Diana Graduate Research Assistant Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Garcia, Liz Associate Director Counseling and Consultation Services
Gray, Keyalo Program Manager/Advisor Academic Advising Center
Groce, Jennifer Director Community Affairs
Groebel, Stefan Financial Analyst/ Planner Specialist Budget Office
Grote, Dakota Graduate Teaching Assistant Chemistry and Biochemistry
Hagen, Timothy Associate Professor Chemistry and Biochemistry
Heard, Edward Counselor Career Services
Heitschmidt, Bernadette Graduate Residence Hall Director Housing and Residential Services
Henton, Rose Director of Coordinated Education, Training and Outreach Programs Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Holderfield, William Research Associate Center for Government Studies
Holmes, Molly Director Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Holtz, Michaela Director Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Hunt, Rebecca Associate Professor Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Imose, Ruth Graduate Teaching Assistant Psychology
Ivy, Jasmine Graduate Research Assistant Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jackson, Tifarah Assistant Director Holmes Student Center
Jacky, Gail Director University Writing Center
James, Nicole Post-Doctoral Fellow Chemistry and Biochemistry
Johnson, Natasha Business Administrative Associate Recreation and Wellness
Jones, Quiana Instructor Health Services
Junk, Meg Coordinator of Signature Programs and Event Administration Division of Student Affairs
Keating, Robert Graduate Teaching Assistant Psychology
Kitner, Blythe Assistant Clinical Professor School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Koenen, Daniel Executive Director Campus Dining Services
Kreager, Zo Graduate Teaching Assistant Geology and Environmental Geoscience
Kuchinski, Anne-Marie Student Success Coordinator School of Nursing
LaDue, Nicole Associate Professor Geology and Environmental Geoscience
Lagana, Brandon Director Career Services
Lagattolla, Chrissy Assistant Director Recreation and Wellness
Lewis, Timothy Graduate Staff Assistant ACCESS
Lopez, Sandy Coordinator for Undocumented Student Support Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
McBride, Christopher Graduate Assistant Student Involvement and Leadership Development
McDonald, Destiny Associate Director Office of Student Engagement
McKee, Liz Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement Alumni Services
Mendoza, Angelica Assistant Director Latino Resource Center
Mewhirter, Tedra Admissions Counselor Admissions
Meyer, Jeanne Director Student Conduct
Mitchell, Christopher Assistant Director Center for Black Studies
Mitchell, Joy Associate Director Student Conduct
Navarro, Giselle Specialist Counseling and Consultation Services
Ness, Justin Graduate Assistant Department of English
Nolan-Lamm, Will Complex Coordinator Housing and Residential Services
O'Connell, Julie Ann Assistant Director Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies
Olson, Kelly Program Coordinator Student Affairs
Owens, Ariel Assistant Director for Women and Gender Programs Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Palmer, Ashley Professional Services Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Pillsbury, Brian Assistant Director Career Services
Pitner, Alex Director Fraternity and Sorority Life
Ramirez, Deyci Bilingual/Bi-Cultural Counselor CHANCE Program
Rivers, Gaylen Graduate Research Assistant Center for Black Studies
Saalfeld, Katy Senior Associate Director Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Salmon, Jeffrey Associate Director Military and Post-Traditional Student Services
Santamaria, Margarita Graduate Hall Director Housing and Residential Services
Santana, Jocelyn Social Justice Education Director Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Santos Rivas, Luis Director Latino Resource Center
Seymour, David Counselor CHANCE Program
Smith, Derrick Academic Counselor Center for Black Studies
Storey, Connie Assistant Director University Honors Program
Tata, Shiraz Psychologist Counseling and Consultation Services
Teetsov, Nicholas Graduate Hall Director Housing and Residential Services
Tluczek, Chrissy Associate Director Recreation and Wellness
Torres, Alex Transfer Counselor Undergraduate Admissions
Uquillas, Ivonne Graduate Research Assistant Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Van Ewyk, Jen Assistant Director Student Involvement and Leadership Development
Vilma, Taneisha Graduate Teaching Assistant Psychology
Vreeland, Lindsay Graduate Instructor Department of English
Wheeler, Ralph Chair Chemistry and Biochemistry
Wilhelm, Erin Doctoral Student Counseling and Higher Education
Wilson, Shaunda Police Officer Public Safety
Winters, Kelly Hall Director Housing and Residential Services
Wright, Liz Executive Assistant Office of the President
Ysasi, Noel Assistant Professor College of Health and Human Sciences
Zocher, Erika Graduate Teaching Assistant Geology and Environmental Science