This workshop was not as insightful. I never like meetings and committees. Not to mention, early morning is not my thing. The other workshops were afternoon sessions. Those who know me know I need my sleep, or I check out for the day quite soon. As it is, I usually need a nap to get through the day. Those are the facts of my own documented barriers to education. I know these, but part of the education process is to educate others. Now you know.
Moving beyond that, the topic of today’s workshop was about working in groups and committees in the frame of equity and diversity. My word of the day was “inclusion.” More about that later.
First, we talked about how we worked in groups and committees. I identified my persona as an evaluator and compiler of ideas that others share first. This is a complex process that my Think/Pair/Share partner also found in themselves. We talked about taking the Myers-Briggs Inventory, and compared introverts and extroverts.
Next, we watched a Portlandia clip about an ineffective group meeting situation. Entertaining and insightful, the video demonstrated assigned leaders versus informal leaders, the impact of distractions, and how obscure group dynamics can derail the momentum of the group and result in poor outcomes.
The next section of the session was more personal. We addressed challenges for group work. Our worksheet was designed to help you plan an action model. I struggled with this. As I said, I had checked out for the morning. My focus and concentration was horrible. I used this as an opportunity to put thought into the seminar I’ve been considering for the Youth Development Leadership M.Ed. program. Students are able to develop and “teach” a seminar for the department. The topic I’ve put together is, “The Quest for Prevention: Suicide, Stigma, Inclusion, and Awareness.”
The OED Action Model has six steps:
- Purpose: Why do you want to do this?
- Goals: What do you want to do? Be specific.
- Resources: What resources do you have? What resources do you need?
- Method: How do you want to do it?
- Assessment: How do you know if you’ve done it?
- Growth: How have you evolved (both personally and professionally)? What do you know now about yourself and others that you didn’t know before?
Three things that you need to always consider are alignment, congruency, and cultural strengths.
The walk-away from this exercise is not the details I wrote on my worksheet about the Q4P:SSIA project I may do for the YDL seminar, but the business card of a Coordinator from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, part of the Office for Equity and Diversity. He found the project striking, and would be interested in working with me on it.
Connections. It’s all about the connections.