Conversations on Diversity and 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 relationships 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 to customize an experience based on their level of competence.

Facilitator training is offered throughout the academic year. We currently have over 100 diversity facilitators trained. If you are interested in learning about how to become a facilitator at NIU, contact Jocelyn Santana at

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 Department
Armstrong, Eric Military and Veteran Services
Bernoudy, Monique Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Billingsly, Danica School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Birch, Zach Housing and Residential Services
Borowiak, Rebecca Housing and Residential Services
Borg, Terry External and Global Programs, College of Education
Boston, Tamara Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Breland, Khyla Student Conduct, Housing and Residential Services
Bringas, Michelle Asian American Resource Center
Camacho, Oliver CHANCE Program
Carrington, LaBrian Academic Advising Center
Clark Reidenbach, Pam Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE)
Cohen, James Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Comber, Evelyn Counseling and Consultation Services
Del Llano, Elbia Housing and Residential Services
Drott, Andrea Counseling and Consultation Services/Student Wellness
Edghill-Walden, Vernese Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Edwards, Anne Center for Black Studies
Ellis, Pernevlon Sociology; Diversity Programming at Kishwaukee College
Flynn, Joseph Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Frantz, Kaitlyn NIU - The Inclusive Collective
Garcia, Diana Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Garcia, Liz Counseling and Consultation Services
Grant, Dennis Departmert of Police and Public Safety
Gray, Keyalo Academic Advising Center
Groce, Jennifer Community Affairs
Groebel, Stefan Budget Office
Grote, Dakota Chemistry and Biochemistry
Hagen, Timothy Chemistry and Biochemistry
Hanson, Trevor Housing and Residential Services
Heard, Edward Career Services
Hense, Aubrey Fraternity and Sorority Life
Henton, Rose Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Holderfield, William Center for Government Studies
Holmes, Molly Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Holt, Megan Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Holtz, Michaela Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Hunt, Rebecca Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Ivy, Jasmine Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jackson, Tifarah Holmes Student Center
Jacky, Gail University Writing Center
James, Nicole Chemistry and Biochemistry
Johnson, Natasha NIU Recreation
Johnson, Yvonne Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Jones, Quiana Health Services
Junk, Meg Division of Student Affairs
Keating, Robert Psychology
Kitner, Blythe School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Koenen, Daniel Campus Dining Services
Kreager, Zo Geology and Environmental Geoscience
Kuchinski, Anne-Marie School of Nursing
LaDue, Nicole Geology and Environmental Geoscience
Lagana, Brandon Career Services
Lagattolla, Christine NIU Recreation
Ledgerwood, Judy College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lindsey, DeMarcus Departmert of Police and Public Safety
Logsdon, Susanne Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT)
Lopez, Sandy Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
McDonald, Destiny Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
McKee, Liz Alumni Services
Mendoza, Angelica Latino Resource Center
Mewhirter, Tedra Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Meyer, Jeanne Student Conduct
Minogue, Benjamin Housing and Residential Services
Mitchell, Christopher Center for Black Studies
Mitchell, Joy Student Conduct
Navarro, Giselle Counseling and Consultation Services
Nolan-Lamm, Will Housing and Residential Services
O'Connell, Julie Ann Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies
Olson, Kelly Student Affairs
Owens, Ariel Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Palmer, Ashley Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Pillsbury, Brian Career Services
Pietrowski, Mark Continuing and Professional Education
Pitner, Alex Fraternity and Sorority Life
Przybyla, Joe Departmert of Police and Public Safety
Ramirez, Deyci CHANCE Program
Ritcher, Stephanie Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Rivers, Gaylen Center for Black Studies
Saalfeld, Katy Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Salmon, Jeffrey Military and Veteran Services
Santamaria, Margarita Housing and Residential Services
Santana, Jocelyn Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Santos Rivas, Luis Latino Resource Center
Semati, Mehdi Communication
Seymour, David CHANCE Program
Smith, Derrick Center for Black Studies
Smothers, Amanda Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Storey, Connie University Honors Program
Swegle, Susan Employee Assistance Program
Teetsov, Nicholas Housing and Residential Services
Tluczek, Chrissy NIU Recreation
Torres, Alex Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tosch, Mary (Waubonsee) Student Life
Tucker, Danielle Housing and Residential Services
Uquillas, Ivonne Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Vilma, Taneisha Psychology
Vreeland, Lindsay Department of English
Wheeler, Ralph Chemistry and Biochemistry
Wilhelm, Erin Counseling and Higher Educatior
Wilson, Shaunda Departmert of Police and Public Safety
Winters, Kelly Housing and Residential Services
Wright, Liz President's Office
Zocher, Erika Geology and Environmental Science

Contact Us

Social Justice Education
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DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-8399
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