Jan H. Altman, Ph.D.
Coordinator for cultural competence and education
Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is the new VCU initiative to support the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment.
BIC works to foster effective interaction between people and groups across a range of similarities and differences. Success will be measured by demonstrated competence in bias reduction, valuing differences, and diversity and inclusion skills.
The Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) Workshop provides a framework for participants to take personal responsibility for creating a truly engaged diverse and inclusive campus environment and to stay current with the diversity, equity and inclusion needs/issues of our changing VCU community.
The BIC model promotes a safe, non-blaming learning environment in which participants learn an approach to recognizing bias and its impact. Through discussion and experiential activities, participants are encouraged to continually examine their own assumptions and perceptions and to overcome obstacles to becoming culturally competent leaders.
Key components of the workshop include developing participants` skills to address the attitudes, pitfalls and conditions (often unconscious and unintentional) that perpetuate disparities in power and access. Together we can develop a culturally informed VCU community that empowers each of us to strengthen communication and effectively address the needs of diverse groups.
Workshop and training opportunities are available for VCU faculty, administrators and staff.
You can also go to the VCU training site and use the keyword: diversity. Please note that seating is limited. If the workshop you prefer is full, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a wait list.
Building Inclusive Communities Facilitators
For additional information, call: (804) 828-8947, or send an email to email@example.com.