Workshops for Organizations

 

PJI Facilitator Rudy Darden
PJI Facilitator Rudy Darden

Valencia College's Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) is pleased to provide a list of workshop and training offerings that can be customized to meet the needs of groups, organizations, agencies, departments, and schools. Everything we facilitate has been uniquely developed to create a high-energy experience for participants that will enhance an organization's ability to interact with a wide range of audiences. PJI's workshops are designed to provide people with tools for engaging in difficult conversations, empathy, listening, perspective taking and relationship building. The tools and techniques allow participants to learn self-governing practices that cultivate and strengthen a healthy and accountable workplace culture centered on inclusive excellence.

 

Inquire today about having PJI facilitate a workshop or training for your business, organization, or school!  
William Jefferson, Community Manager 407-582-6525 pjibusinesssolutions@valenciacollege.edu

Ask us about pre-conference workshops!


Leadership Academy

Participant in a PJI Workshop
Participant at PJI Workshop

Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) is pleased to provide our PJI Leadership Academy, a series of workshops aimed at building knowledge, skills and practices that support inclusive, respectful, and collaborative workplaces. Through highly engaged learning experiences, participants will be equipped to take ownership of their leadership role and directly apply the learnings.

We recommend organizations choose 6-8 workshops (detailed descriptions of each workshop are listed below under "Additional Workshop Offerings" and each can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization).

Each workshop will include qualitative assessment with an Executive Summary and Data Analysis upon completion of the PJI Leadership Academy. A pre and post survey will be administered to support an evidence based practice.

  This was so worthwhile. Usually these workshops are usually nothing we will ever take back to the workplace. The facilitators were energetic and engaging. I think these Principles will be valuable in the future both personally and professionally. Great workshop.   

-Leadership Academy Participant,  School District of Osceola County

Community and Faith Dialogue Series

Faith Series Workshop 
Community and Faith Dialogue Series Workshop

The Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) at Valencia College is pleased to offer a variety of workshops for faith and community groups focused on our shared humanity with an exploration of race, gender, systems of privilege and oppression and inclusivity.

The PJI Community and Faith Dialogue Series includes the following workshops:

Waking Up to Our Shared Humanity

Understanding Bias

Conversations on Race

Understanding Privilege

Family Conversations on Race

Conversations in Inclusiveness

Conversations on Gender

Let's Lalk LGBTQ +

Moving into Action: Making a Difference

A summary of each workshop is listed below. Each workshop can be booked separately or bundled into a “Workshop Series” to fit the needs of your community group or congregation. We also offer Pre-Conference Workshops.

For more information, please contact Will Jefferson at wjefferson6@valenciacollege.edu 


Schools

Students participating in a PJI workshop
Students participating in a PJI workshop

The Peace and Justice Institute’s workshops are designed to provide school communities with tools for engaging in difficult conversations, empathy, listening, perspective taking and relationship building. In addition to the PJI Workshops listed on this page of our website we also offer the following opportunities exclusively for schools.

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Additional Workshop Offerings

Principles for How We Treat Each Other

Principles for How We Treat Each Other

Skilled communication and inter-cultural competence are vital to our workplace, interpersonal relations and national discourse. How We Treat Each Other provides people with effective tools for engaging in difficult conversations, empathetic listening, perspective taking and relationship building. This workshop invites participants to place story telling at the center of their work in order to develop authentic and meaningful relationships. Through the utilization of the principles and their practices we, increase our capacity to be peace builders. Participants will learn how to ask open and honest questions; how to listen deeply and how to effectively engage in self-reflection and self-disclosure.

 
Organizing and Planning for Leadership Success

Organizing and Planning for Leadership Success

Despite repeated studies that show the benefits of planning, punctuality and organization people still jump right into the work at hand without much preparation.  This is like trying to hit a target without aiming first:  You are almost definitely going to miss!  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to connect their essential job functions to their organization's strategic goals.  Develop a “big picture” view of the organization and their role in maintaining and enhancing productivity.  Learn tips and tricks to organize and plan your day.  Participants will also develop a personal strategy to prioritize work tasks by using organization and time management tools.  By taking these proactive steps, employees will increase their overall productivity, improve punctuality and create a more positive work environment for everyone.

 
Conversations in Inclusiveness

Conversations in Inclusiveness

In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to a set of tools to help them engage in reflective practice and intercultural communication in order to create inclusive excellence in the work environment. Participants will engage in experiential exercises, dialogue, and work with The Principles for How We Treat Each Other. Participants will be introduced to the idea of unconscious bias and be given opportunities in a safe setting to temporarily put aside their own perspectives in order to listen non-judgmentally to the experiences of others. With these new tools in hand, participants will improve their interpersonal relationships, the work environment, and develop practices of respect and community building.

 
Understanding Human Sexuality & Inclusion

Understanding Human Sexuality & Inclusion

This workshop will help participants to navigate conversations around human sexuality - particularly LGBTQ+ expressions within their community, organization or congregation. The workshop creates a safe space for participants to risk sharing life experiences that shaped them in relation to sexual identity and inclusion. Across the nation, people of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which discussions about race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and culture are at the forefront of their everyday lives. Many people avoid these discussions because they fear that conversations on the topics may lead to feelings of anger, guilt, discomfort, sadness, and at times, disrespect. This workshop invites participants to explore methods to discuss this topic beyond shame and blame.

 
Reflective Practice and Emotional Intelligence

Reflective Practice and Emotional Intelligence

In this workshop, participants explore the meaning of a reflective practice and obtain tools for greater self-knowledge, practical ways to receive and provide feedback through the theory of emotional intelligence by using the Principles for How We Treat Each Other to create a compassionate, nonviolent, hospitable and respectful workplace. As the pace of the world increases and our environment makes more and more demands on our cognitive, emotional, reflective resources, emotional intelligence and reflective practice are increasingly critical skillsets for leadership success. Through a multi-media presentation with skill-building exercises and group discussion, this course provides participants with the opportunity to identify their own challenges in maintaining positive environments and collaborative relationships as well as overcoming resistance and negativity.

 
Working with Conflict

Working with Conflict

It's common to see conflict as a negative, but what if you were able to turn conflict into a win-win? Starting from the premise that everyone looks at conflict in a unique way, this workshop offers a transformative approach to working with conflict as a potential for positive change. Organizational cultures that view conflict as an opportunity are better poised to maximize the benefits of their diverse workforce. In this course, participants will learn about the components, roles and needs active in conflict, identify their own conflict style, and be introduced to conflict resolution practices for the purpose of more productive and positive outcomes. Participants will engage in various exercises, including role-play for the purpose of integrating these skills into a working knowledge.

 
Servant Leadership: Activating the Principles

Servant Leadership: Activating the Principles

 

In this culminating workshop, participants will pull together the knowledge, skills and practices learned over the course of the PJI Leadership Academy and put them into practice through role-play. Using real life conflict scenarios from the workplace, participants will work in groups to analyze the scenarios, consider common pitfalls of leaders in the field, and explore more positive approaches to the conflict. Integrating emotional intelligence, reflective practice, positive conflict navigation skills and the Principles for How We Treat Each Other, leaders will consider the new set of tools in their toolkits to navigate conflict they face daily in their leadership role at work.

 
Waking Up to Our Shared Humanity

Waking Up to Our Shared Humanity

In the workshop, facilitator's share the stories of their unique paths of racial identity development and the powerful changes it brought to their lives. These stories invite participants to consider how a deep exploration of identity, be it through the lenses of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic class might transform one's life.

From hearing the story, and reflecting on one's self, the workshop offers Principles for How We Treat Each Other, practices of respect and community building that facilitate honest dialogue among us. The Principles encourage participants to listen deeply, suspend judgment, and turn to wonder, among other personal practices for self-awareness and interpersonal communication. The Principles create a setting for deep listening and honest sharing, as participants are encouraged to “speak your truth.” When used over time, the Principles lay the foundation for a culture that supports reflective practice and skillful conflict engagement. They provide communication tools that strengthen relationships with staff and leadership.

 
Understanding Bias

Understanding Bias

Much has been said recently about the new science of bias. Are you aware of your hidden bias and how it affects you? Learn about the emerging science of implicit bias, along with strategies and tools to skillfully navigate Implicit Bias, Fundamental Attribution Error, and Confirmation Bias. Participants will be given opportunities in a safe setting to temporarily put aside their own perspectives in order to listen non-judgmentally to the experiences of others. With these new tools in hand, participants will learn to identify and minimize the impact of bias, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop practices of respect and community building.

 
Conversations on Race

Conversations on Race

 

Conversations on Race invites participants to discuss the topic of race and how it affects each of us in our daily lives as we consider action steps to help us move forward together toward more equitable communities. Issues of implicit bias, stereotypes, micro-aggressions, privilege, oppression (the “isms”) frame the learning. Addressing one of the hidden histories in our community, red-lining, creates new awareness about systemic racism and helps frame the learning. Experiential exercises reinforce the learning. Self-awareness and awareness of others' diversity dimensions are a key component.

 
Understanding Privilege

Understanding Privilege

 

In this session, participants gain an understanding of what is meant by privilege (unearned advantage) and explore multiple areas of privilege, including white privilege. The scholarship Dr. Peggy McIntosh will inform our understanding of privilege and privilege systems. The workshop teaches that all people experience unearned privilege as well as disadvantages and allows people space and time to share personal stories in a disarming and safe environment. The workshop creates a safe space for participants to risk sharing life experiences that shaped them in relation to race and systems of privilege and disadvantage.

The workshop balances the scholarship on the shelf with the scholarship of the self (Emily Style). The personal story of our lives, our lived experience, shared openly and honestly with others, gives life to the theoretical frameworks. The telling of personal story supports an authentic transformation of self and strengthens relationship. Honoring every story and treating each other with dignity and respect are modeled in this safe environment.

 
Family Conversations on Race

Family Conversations on Race

 

Across the nation, people of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which discussions about race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and culture are at the forefront of their everyday lives. Many families avoid these discussions because they fear that conversations about race, bias, and racism may lead to feelings of anger, guilt, discomfort, sadness, and at times disrespect. Moving beyond shame and blame, this workshop invites participants to explore methods to discuss this topics within the families and personal spheres of influence. Identifying points of action and commitment to create positive change the family structure will be an important component of the workshop.

 
Moving into Action: Making a Difference

Moving into Action: Making a Difference

 

In this culminating workshop, participants will pull together the knowledge, skills and practices learned over the course of the series and put them into practice through role-play. Using real life conflict scenarios from the community, participants will work in groups to analyze the scenarios, consider common pitfalls of addressing these conflicts, and explore more positive approaches. Integrating reflective practice and the Principles for How We Treat Each Other, participants will consider the new set of tools in their toolkits to navigate the challenges they face daily in their faith, community and spheres of influence.