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Diversity develops with annual diversity institute

As TWU students prepare to graduate and become contributing members of society, the need for them to refine attributes and skills that will make them successful individuals becomes crucial to their success, and TWU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is helping TWU students get closer to their personal and professional goals with their facilitating of the annual Diversity Institute.

TWU CAPS describes their annual Diversity Institute, per their program flyer, as a day long interactive workshop which aims to provide TWU students “with the opportunity to engage in challenging dialogues,” in hopes of facilitating the chance for students to “develop a better understanding of cultural diversity issues and their impact upon individuals, the TWU campus, and larger society.”

Students interested in participating in this year’s annual  Diversity Institute should apply by stopping by the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) or contacting them at 940-898-3801. The workshop will take place on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m in Studio 3 of the Fitness and Recreation Center. Space is limited and the deadline to sign up is Feb. 12, 2018, so interested students should sign up immediately.

Throughout the day long workshop, which is only available to TWU students participating in the event will be taking part in interactive discussions and presentations diving into several personal, professional, and societal topics. The cultural and societal dynamics covered will include ability/disability, age, body, size, citizenship, education, gender, identity, as well as race, ethnicity and nationality. Participants should also expect to hear several other topics discussed during the Diversity Institute.

The Diversity Institute is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of by anybody that is looking to get an edge in the competitive post-collegiate job market.

A report released by the Census Bureau reported that traditionally underrepresented populations will hit majority status by  the year 2044, and with this shift in population representation a shift in workplace diversity has slowly been taking place as well.

As the job market shifts the students preparing to enter the “real world” should se to it that they are ready for the challenges that await the, and the Diversity Institution is a tool that will ease the transition of aspiring professional. Wanda Hope, chief diversity officer of the Johnson and Johnson corporation, says that diversity and inclusion are now seen as a business imperative in the United States’ labor sector, making workshops like CAPS’ a great time investment.

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