The Institute For Gender And Cultural Competence

SILENT NO MORE: PREventing Sexual Assault, Developing Education, Services And Accountability Campaigns

This workshop focuses on helping participants understand the spectrum of sexual violence, including sexual assault and rape as criminal offenses. Sexual violence is a profound violation of a person's rights, body, and sense of self and safety.  Culturally speaking, the effects of sexual violence can last a lifetime, rippling out to family members, school and work, communities and down through generations.This comprehensive workshop helps participants develop awareness about social, cultural, and individual factors relating to sexual violence. Participants will also understand the dynamics and prevalence of sexual assault, learn the current laws relating to sexual assault and to map available on and off campus resources for victims/survivors of sexual violence. Participants will learn where to go and how to develop skills in activism and speaking out against violence and discuss ideas for on-going anti-violence activities and other events that can continue to occur on campus and surrounding communities.

CRISIS INTERVENTION ON CAMPUS: In The Aftermath of Sexual Assault

Whether or not it is disclosed, sexual assault can disrupt an entire campus community, including friends, dorm residents, student groups, staff, and faculty. Crisis management training will build the capacity of campus staff or student leaders, as well as provide tools to improve preparedness and response at all levels before, during and after crises so that all involved groups, departments or agencies can work in a coordinated manner. The focus of crisis intervention and management training is to improve both the technical and support skills of the participants, as well as help participants manage their own secondary trauma, which is trauma that is experienced when supporting or advocating for a victim or survivor of violence. This training aims to encourage an exchange of experience and knowledge and the creation of networks amongst crisis managers, as well as help participants foster a campus environment that responds to a violent crime that occurs in healthy and responsible ways. This training also aims to improve coordination of crisis response and the quality and availability of crisis management tools and resources.


Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of the various forms of gender-violence, their histories, as well as the social, cultural, individual and other perpetuating norms. Participants will learn the various levels of interpersonal violence, including dating violence and stalking.


Systems and organizations may be at different stages at different times with different populations and cultural groups. This workshop provides a framework and process for achieving cultural competence along a continuum and sets forth six stages. Participants will develop tools to  assess and measure cultural competency in: physical environments, materials and resources, communication styles, values and attitudes. They will learn to incorporate what they’ve learned in all aspects of policy-making, administration, practice and service delivery, systematically involving both students and communities.



Tailored for colleges and universities, this workshop will promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ persons of all ages, abilities, and genders on campus. Participants will engage in exercises that help students and/or staff articulate stereotypes and assumptions they may have, then educate them about the facts about LGBTQ people and the rights that protect them.  It is designed to help college students, staff  and other personnel strategically plan to provide a safe and supportive climate for all and prepares participants to become better advocates for LGBTQ communities. 

WE MATTER: transformative bystander intervention

This workshop uses culturally specific curricula, responses, tactics and strategies for bystander intervention developed through participatory processes involving indigenous and people of color. It directly engages participants in scenarios, promotes an understanding of why people from myriad cultural backgrounds engage in various types of interventions, why they build environments of accountability, and how they identify high-risk situations in their communities or campuses. It is meant to be responsive to marginalized communities and communities at risk for abuse and violence including sexual violence and bullying, and uses culturally relevant language and strategies for action before, during or after an incident of harm. Using interactive theater exercises and roundtable discussions, participants will walk away with concrete tools  their own tool kits for having each others' back.

ENGAGING MEN: Unpacking Sexual Politics In Communities of Color

This informative and highly interactive training will cover a number of topics. These include but are not limited to the need to rethink language used to talk about violence; dynamics of male peer culture that keep many men silent in the face of their peers' abusive behavior; the relationship between homophobia and sexism; the role of media in shaping gendered behavior; issues of racial and ethnic diversity; and the role of adult male leadership.


Unlike “diversity trainings,” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, this workshop emphasizes how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities. Participants will learn key concepts in structural racism, including the difference between diversity, equality and equity, the definition and role of implicit bias and the four levels of racism. Participants will gain practical tools and viable strategies for counteracting unconscious bias by explicitly and effectively addressing racial equity at the intersections.


Sexism is often the one form of oppression left out of anti-oppression strategies and dialogues built on intersectionality. Rooted in patriarchy, sexism is often uncomfortable to discuss and address, however, with the gender equity gap firmly in place and sexual violence affecting one in four women, it is one of the most pervasive forms of oppression experienced today.  This workshop engages in intersectional analysis, centering gender and gender identity, with the goal of helping participants build comprehensive strategies to use a full intersectional framework in their analyses, goals and interpersonal interactions.


This workshop examines the ever-shifting nature of rape culture. On campuses and broader communitie, rape culture can make sexual assault, and the cultures within which rape culture thrives, both difficult to respond to and difficult to resist. Providing participants with both a mainstream and culturally-specific context for rape culture and utilizing an intersectional approach, this workshop will identify concrete ways that students can dismantle rape culture on campus and in their communities.

relationship or not: LET'S TALK ABOUT CONSENT

In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear consent. Effective consent is defined as a freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity, expressed either by words or clear, unambiguous actions. In other words, if you want to have sex with somebody, you have to get his or her permission. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? In truth, there can be a lot of ambiguity or what is often referred to as “blurred lines” surrounding the terms "seeking," "receiving," "expressed" and "permission." And cutting corners on consent can land students in some very hot water! This workshop will shed light on an activity that most people do in the dark. We offer explanations and tips in plain language for seeking and receiving expressed consent.

HOOK UP CULTURE: Sexual Freedom or Rape Culture?

"Hookup" culture has in many ways replaced traditional dating, radically altering how we think about intimacy and sex, sexuality. Using a participatory and guided discussion and role play, participants will learn both the liberating factors as well as components of power and pressure, consent, rape culture,  sexual agency as well as real choice without negative ultimatums.