Workshop 6: The Identity Wheel: Dimensions of Diversity

Program Description
The demographics of society are rapidly changing and diversity and multiculturalism are central to these changes. When we as individuals and institutions discuss these changes we tend to emphasize the external identities of others. These identities may include race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientations, gender, and a wide range of other socially constructed concepts. This workshop will allow participants to not only look at their social identity but even more critical is their concepts of their personal identity. There will be a series of exercises that allow us to move from being culturally aware (external) to culturally competent (internal) so we begin to realize how we see ourselves compared to how others see us. This is especially important in establishing one-on-one relationships with students in transition.
Blane HardingUniversity of Kansas
Blane Harding currently serves as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas. He is a faculty member and past Chair of the Summer Institute Advisory Board for the National Academic Advising Association as well as the former Chair for the Multicultural Concerns Commission. Mr. Harding has published several articles on diversity, multicultural advising, and advisor training.