Conversations on Diversity+Equity (CODE) Workshops

CODE is designed to engage students, faculty and staff in learning about the cultural differences that shape our world. The main goal of the program is to create spaces for them to explore complex aspects of the diversity and equity framework. The ultimate outcome of providing these experiences for participants is to work towards an inclusive campus community where everyone respects the value and dignity of all of its members.

Workshop Series

Our team of Diversity Facilitators will provide supportive environments for participants to build their cultural competence along a continuum of learning opportunities that will help them shape a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with others and develop skills to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.

CODE 1 - Situating The Self

Who Am I? This workshop introduces opportunities for participants to explore their own unique cultural identities and the identities of others. Through a series of interactive exercises, they will learn general diversity terms and concepts, share the personal stories that frame their values related to cultural difference and identify the multitude of ways that their identities shape their understanding of the world.

CODE 2 - Building Community

Who Are We? This workshop focuses on building dialogue. Review the description and select the workshop that best meets the needs of the participants.  Workshop participants will learn how to effectively engage in conversations and resolve conflicts about issues that impact the way they relate to people with different experiences, histories beliefs, traditions, and values that are different from their own.

CODE 3 - Power Dynamics of Difference

How Do We Relate? This workshop invites participants to cultivate a self-reflective awareness of their identity, personal beliefs, and values related to cultural and social inequalities. Participants will develop critical thinking skills and knowledge regarding how privilege and oppression shape their experiences and perspectives in relationship and communities.

CODE 4 - Engaging Systems of Oppressions

This workshop aims to immerse dedicated individuals with the lifelong dedication necessary for social justice work.

Customized Workshop

We will consult with you to meet the needs of staff, faculty, and students by creating tailored interactive workshops depending on the needs of participants. The workshop aims to connect participants to critical theories and frameworks, diversity, and inclusion.

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Become a Diversity Facilitator

The CODE Diversity Facilitators are NIU faculty, staff and students who have been trained to conduct workshops to help participants understand the various stages of their cultural identity development. They provide supportive learning environments where participants can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with others and acquire skills to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.

The workshops offered are scaffolded on a continuum from beginner to advanced so that groups have the opportunity customize an experience based on their level of competence.

Facilitator trainings are offered throughout the academic year. If you are interested in learning about how to become a facilitator at NIU, contact Jocelyn Santana at

Training Curriculum Outcomes

An outline of the learning outcomes for the training curriculum for the CODE Facilitator Training follows:

Content Expert Training

  • Learn about the various dimensions of social identity
  • Understand terms and concepts used in diversity and social justice education such as privilege, oppression, power and conflict
  • Explore social identity theories that impact student development

Identity Self-Awareness Training

  • Explore the various dimensions of your social identity
  • Analyze how these identities impact your approach to diversity and social justice work
  • Understand how to negotiate your social identities in the facilitation process
  • Continue your personal growth and development in the areas of social justice education

Managing Power Dynamics/Resistance

  • Discuss theory and practice of group observation, conflict intervention, intergroup communication and community building
  • Develop practical skills in managing power dynamics in a workshop
  • Learn to respond to resistance in a workshop

Curriculum Development

  • Learn how to develop workshops that effectively address the stated goals and outcomes
  • Create workshops that showcase a variety of teaching methods

Current Diversity Facilitiators

Name Title Department
Aiyana Hamilton Graduate Research Assistant Provost - Resource Planning
Alex Pitner Assistant Program Director Student Involvement and Leadership Development
Amy Franklin Assistant to the Vice President Student Affairs
Andrea Drott Associate Director University Recreation and Wellness
Angelica Mendoza Assistant Director Latino Resource Center
Anne Edwards Placement Counselor Career Services
Ashley Palmer Professional Services Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Brandon Lagana Director Career Services
Brian Pillsbury Assistant Director for Team Services Career Services
Chrissy Tluczek Assistant Director University Recreation and Wellness
Christine Lagattolla Assistant Director University Recreation and Wellness
Daniel Koenen Executive Director Campus Dining Services
David Seymour Counselor CHANCE Program
Eric Armstrong Director Military and Post-Traditional Student Services
Evelyn Comber Assessment Specialist Student Affairs
Gail Jacky Director University Writing Center
Jeanne Meyer Director Student Conduct
Jeffrey Salmon Assistant Director Military and Post-Traditional Student Services
Jennifer Groce Director Community Affairs
Jocelyn Santana Social Justice Education Coordinator Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Joshua Symbal Graduate Staff Assistant Student Involvement Leadership Development
Joy Mitchell Associate Director Student Conduct
Katy Saafeld Acting Director Enrollment Management
Kelley Olson Program Coordinator Student Affairs
Liz McKee Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement Alumni Services
Liz Wright Executive Assistant President's Office
Luis Santos Rivas Director Latino Resource Center
Michelle Bringas Director Asian American Resource Center
Monique Bernoudy Vice President Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Quiana Jones Instructor Health Services
Rachael Boyd Graduate Research Assistant Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Rebecca Hunt Associate Professor Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Robert Keating Graduate Teaching Assistant Psychology
Ruth Imose Graduate Teaching Assistant Psychology
Sandy Lopez Assistant Director Center for Latino and Latin American Students
Shaunda Wilson Police Officer Public Safety
Shiraz Tata Psychologist Counseling and Consultation Services
Stefan Groebel Financial Analyst/ Planner Specialist Budget Office
Susan Swegle Training and Development Specialist Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Tamara Boston Graduate Research Assistant Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Tifarah Jackson Assistant Director Student Involvement and Leadership Development
Timothy Lewis Graduate Staff Assistant Access
Tracy Rogers-Tryba Specialist Outreach and Engagement
Vernese Edghill-Walden Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion