Engaging Diversity Training without Engaging Resistance

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  • Title: Engaging Diversity Training without Engaging Resistance: Provocative Approaches with Majority-Culture Counselors-in-Training
  • Author(s): Gerard Love, Jane Hale, Jodi Sindlinger
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Organizational Diversity
  • Keywords: Ethnocentric Mono-culturalism, Diversity, Privilege, Counselor-in-training
  • Volume: 19
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2328-6261 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2328-6229 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2328-6261/CGP/v19i01/19-28
  • Citation: Love, Gerard , Jane Hale, and Jodi Sindlinger. 2019. "Engaging Diversity Training without Engaging Resistance: Provocative Approaches with Majority-Culture Counselors-in-Training." The International Journal of Organizational Diversity 19 (1): 19-28. doi:10.18848/2328-6261/CGP/v19i01/19-28.
  • Extent: 10 pages

Abstract

This article explains how the Ethnocentric Mono-culturalism Assessment Technique (EMCAT) helps bridge the gap from traditional diversity training to immersing participants in a gentle perturbing experience that works to challenge their current meaning-making system while minimizing resistance. The EMCAT is a measure that explores basic knowledge of geography and cultural symbols from a United States American perspective. A majority of EMCAT scores are typically very low. Participants are asked to reflect on their scores in a group setting and through journaling. Three overarching themes relating to emotions, self-judgment, and academic preparation emerged from their responses. This activity lends itself toward self-insight but also opens the door in a non-threatening and indirect way for discussions about ethnocentric mono-culturalism and its consequences. This technique serves an important role in the examination of self and the beginning of the realistic self-awareness needed to engage with individuals different from self. Implications and suggestions for diversity training are discussed.