Diversity Through the Lens of Dance: A New View for Professionals in the Workplace

DePaul University

DePaul University

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Who should attend

This six-week course is ideal for all professionals who want to learn how stereotyping, bias and prejudice can be diminished to improve your workplace environment.

This course will benefit those who work in:

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Health
  • Human resources

About the course

A paradigm is a constellation of concepts, values, perceptions and practices forming a vision of reality. This one-of-a-kind multicultural course designed to shift paradigms and diminish stereotyping, bias and prejudice about gender, age, ethnicity and those who are other-abled will benefit professionals in the workplace through stimulating observation of dance performance, thought provoking discussions, interesting articles, and creative experiential learning. We can all make assumptions born from stereotypes that are reinforced by media and react to uninformed judgments which hurt professional relationships. In six weeks you will gain a new view through the lens of dance. You’ll also learn a daily skill to dispute racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism to apply in your work environment with a reliable psychological model by Dr. Albert Ellis. Created and taught by Lin Batsheva Kahn, DePaul Excellence in Teaching Honoree from The Theatre School, the innovative course includes inspiring guests.

Benefits

After participation in this course, you will become very aware of the propensity for making assumptions and reacting to uninformed judgements which can hurt your professional relationships. This course will teach you to apply effective approaches to change innocent yet deeply held stereotypes which drive attitudes and behavior. You will acquire the skills for making important paradigm shifts in your belief system that will truly benefit both you and the other professionals in your work environment.

Syllabus

Week 1: Laying the Foundation: The Impact of Stereotyping, Bias and Prejudice

  • Facets of creative and critical thinking
  • Read/discuss: “Change Your Paradigm, Change Your Life” by Dennis McKenzie
  • Fundamental attribution error; TED talks “Confounding Stereotypes”, “The Opportunity of Adversity”, “Exceed the Hype”, Understand/apply “Checklist for Change”, ABC/D Model – Dr. Albert Ellis
  • Experiential Learning Exercise I
  • Making applications to the workplace
  • Writing assignment: Write about your stereotypes, bias and prejudice. 1. Describe where they began. 2. Describe when they show up now. 3. Describe how they are enforced by media. 4. Describe in detail the benefits for yourself and others in making a paradigm shift.

Week 2: Paradigms and Paradigm Shifts with Age

  • Defining fundamental attribution error and confirmation bias
  • Read/discuss: “The Strange Case of Prejudice Against the Older You” by Todd D. Nelson
  • Observe/discuss individuals and companies: Marge Champion, Donald Saddler, Alessandra Ferreri, Paul Taylor, Lerman Dance Exchange
  • Experiential Learning Exercise II
  • Making applications to the workplace

Week 3: Paradigms and Paradigm Shift with Gender

  • Read/discuss: “Where Bias Begins: The Truth about Stereotypes” Psychology Today by Anne Murphy Paul
  • A look at how media reinforces stereotyping in the past and present
  • Observe/discuss individuals and companies: Misty Copeland, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mark Morris and Koresh Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theater
  • Experiential Learning Exercise III
  • Making applications to the workplace

Week 4: Paradigms and Paradigm Shift with the Other-Abled

  • Read/discuss: “The Psychology of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination” by S. Pious
  • Observe/discuss individuals and companies: Aimee Mullins, Dancing Wheels and Axis Dance Company
  • Experiential Learning Exercise IV
  • Making applications to the workplace

Week 5: Paradigms and Paradigm Shift with Ethnicity

  • Observe/discuss individuals and companies: Alvin Ailey, Misty Copeland, Raven Wilkenson, Michaela DePrince, Dance Theater of Harlem
  • Experiential Learning Exercise V
  • Making applications to the workplace
  • Two students will be paired to choose someone to reflect on one of the four "isms". They will design questions for a meaningful learning conversation to apply the "Checklist for Change" and share their paradigm shifts with the class.

Week 6: Presentations of Learning Conversations/Interviews

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