We facilitated a day-long Educating After Trauma training for educators working with
adults who have experienced trauma or violence. The workshop provided participants with
new ways to understand some of the causes of student behavior and classroom issues.
Participants learned basic information about trauma, its impact, and trauma-informed
practices for tutoring and classroom settings. Participants commited to an action plan for
shifting their work to be more trauma-informed.
Over the 2017-2018 academic year, Blue Door assisted Drexel's new M.S. in Urban Strategy
program in developing a student orientation, faculty training, and Civic Engagement and
Participatory Methods class sessions focused on cultivating effective teamwork and
intercultural communication skills with students.
We piloted a workshop that combined our strengths and expertise in transformational intergroup dialogue and applied theater to see how body-centered and arts-based approaches could open opportunities for dialogue that simply talking might not achieve. This workshop was also our second opportunity to partner with the People’s Emergency Center Neighborhood Advisory Committee, which provided space and outreach and great enthusiasm for the project. We had 19 brave and thoughtful participants turn out for this dialogue, learned a great deal, found some new partners for collaboration, and got to see what our bodies could teach us about how we engage across social identities of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability.
We co-facilitated a short workshop for students at Franklin and Marshall College with the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Marion Coleman, who attended our intro and advanced Transformational Intergroup Dialogue (TID) workshops in 2016. We were most excited to assist Dean Coleman in helping her bring the TID approach to the college’s day of dialogue. These are the experiences that help to institutionalize the TID approach within academia.
We facilitated a workshop with students at Penn’s Graduate Student Center about secondary trauma & self-care. Students created personalized self-care plans for use in preventing secondary trauma. Participating students came from the School of Social Policy and Practice, the Graduate School of Education, Penn Med School, the School of Arts & Sciences, and others.
We worked with the Greenfield Intercultural Center at the University of Pennsylvania in designing and facilitating a reflection process on the Center’s values, impact, and priorities. Heard moving stories about how first generation students, students of color, and mixed race / multiracial students have been impacted by the work of the Center. Met some of the inspiring people who are creating space at UPenn for dialogue, intersectional exchange, incubating activism, experiential learning, and caring support. So proud and grateful to be working with clients who care so much about relationships and believe so strongly in the possibility of education as a pathway to change.
Blue Door and Pyramid Consulting facilitated a half day training for faculty, staff and students entitled "Engaging Diversity Through Transformational Intergroup Dialogue" as part of Arcadia's Diversity Enrichment Mini-Institute. We focused on identifying our most salient identities and our biases that get in the way of communicating with others with whom we don’t have positive associations around their identities. While only a half day training, participants engaged deeply with each other. Some participants had some lightbulb moments around their unconscious biases and the parts of their social identity that are their lens through which they see the world.
We had the pleasure of designing a curriculum for a program of The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians that supports native and nonnative English speakers in making a successful transition to post-secondary education. We used our experience as instructors at Community College of Philadelphia and Temple to inform the curriculum design and content. We love seeing our students be successful, and were happy to contribute to more student success through this project!