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Coalition Building and Diversity Education (CBDE) currently offers three trainings. The three training tracks are:

  • Beyond Diversity
  • Creating Community
  • The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Beyond Diversity

Beyond Diversity is an intensive experiential training model that expands beyond surface-level diversity teaching. It is designed to work with upper-level coursework and pairs well with a curriculum that addresses individual to systemic level power, privilege, and oppression. The model begins with a personal identity profile (PIP), then progresses to a series of critical questions that get to systemic challenges. Key social justice theoretical frameworks are addressed in this workshop; including Micro-aggressions, Intersectionality, implicit bias, Institutional social construction, etc. The aim is to help participants navigate from individual action to understanding systemic barriers that infringe on day-to-day interactions.

In addition to the above training we are able to offer training on the following:

  • Gender identity
  • Everyday micro-aggressions
  • Inclusive programming
  • Race, gender, sexuality, and the intersectionality of these traits

Creating Community

Creating Community is an experiential training model that works particularly well with the identity development of high school students, first-year college students, and international students. Beginning with 3 ground rules that hold the learning community accountable to a deep level of sharing, the model explores a few safe intra-personal identities and categories then move to a concentric circle exercise. This exercise asks a series of questions related to how we are accommodated or may have been asked to assimilate to a dominant culture based on our names, languages spoken, and eldership as examples. Facilitators process and name some of the systemic patterns that emerge in the room.

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

The premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence is used by individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. The IDI is a cross-culturally valid, reliable, and generalizable measure of intercultural competence along the validated intercultural development continuum.  (NOTE: There is a fee associated with this training)


If you have any questions or need additional information about trainings, you can contact T. Garey Davis by (e) or (p) 703.993.2700. For general information about CBDE or trainings offered, you can contact cbde@gmu.ed