The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs presents the 2011-2012 ACT-Institute:
The Administrators Cultural Training Institute (ACT-I) is a cost-free, continuing professional development program, designed for Code 100 Student Affairs administrators at NYU as well graduate students in education administration. Launched in Fall 2008, the ACT-Institute is designed to explore concepts such as diversity, social justice, identity and inclusion particularly as they relate to the work administrators engage with students and colleagues. Participants will gain both insights and practical tools to inform their personal lens, which we believe will assist efforts to impact institutional, cultural and individual practices. Participants can be nominated to apply by colleagues or self-apply.
The Foundations seminar is the first in the series and serves as a required prerequisite in order to enroll in any of the other seminars. Foundations offers a broad overview of the complexities of diversity issues in higher education and provides common language and shared theoretical frameworks for analyzing these issues. Foundations will be offered twice: Friday, November 2, 2012, 1-4pm and Friday, November 9, 2012, 1-4pm. Participants need only attend ONE of these sessions. For professionals who attended Foundations last year, the prerequisite requirement has been met and they are therefore eligible to attend any of the subsequent seminars. However, pre-registration is always required for participation in ALL ACT-I seminars.
Content seminars will more closely examine selected areas of diversity and social justice in higher education and NYU specifically, with special attention given to the Global Network University. Lunch is provided at all ACT-I seminars. Selected seminars are scheduled for the these dates:
- December 7, 2012, 1-4pm: Generation Y/Millennials and Social Media
- February 8, 2013, 1-4pm: Religion, Faith and Spirituality in Higher Education
- February 22, 2013, 1-4pm: Socio-economic Diversity-Meeting the Opportunities and Challenges Through Student Affairs
- March 1, 2013, 1-4pm: Gender and Sexuality in Colleges and Universities
- April 5, 2013, 1-4pm: Race, Ethnicity and Culture at NYU and Beyond
- May 03, 2013, 1-4pm: The Global/International Experience for Student and Professionals
- May 17, 2013, 1-4pm: The Wrap-Up, Best Practices and Practical Application (Mandatory for all those seeking certification).
The NYU Human Resources Department recognizes the ACT-Institute as a certified professional development training. New participants who complete the prerequisite Foundations & Wrap-Up seminars and any two specialized seminars during the 2011-12 series will receive Basic Cultural Competency certification. For those new or returning participants who complete or have completed the prerequisite Foundations & Wrap-Up seminar and at least five of the six selected content seminars during this or last year’s series will receive a certificate from NYU Human Resources indicating completion of formal training requirements for Advanced Cultural Competency. Advanced Cultural Competency holders will also be recognized at the NIA Awards, sponsored by The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs and the Hallmark Awards sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs at NYU.
Space is limited to 45 participants so early registration is encouraged. Location of seminars will be given after notification of enrollment.
Monroe France, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity/Director, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
Bindi Patel, Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, Director, Center for Spiritual Life
Dr. David Austell, Executive Director, Office for International Students & Scholars
Dr. Celiany Rivera-Velázquez, Director, LGBTQ Student Center