Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is R.I.S.E.?

The R.I.S.E. (Realizing Inclusive Spaces & Education) diversity training program & curriculum builds knowledge about diverse experiences & identities as well as builds allies for diversity & inclusion.

Who sponsors R.I.S.E.?

The Office of Student Diversity Initiatives (OSDI) offers, manages, & updates the R.I.S.E. curriculum which is offered as a part of the LEADStrong program.

What does the program involve?

Participants can attend workshops in 7 different, optional tracks about diversity (Diversity 101, Cultural Competence, Social Identity, Intersectionality, #BeTheChange, LGBTQIA+ Ally Training, & R.I.S.E. Facilitator Training). Each track contains workshops & reflection opportunities that help participants connect these topics to campus life as well as develop their personal leadership skills through meaningful dialogue, interactive activities, & personal application.

Why should I get involved in R.I.S.E.?

To create an inclusive community, individuals must examine the world around them through their own personal values, beliefs, stories, stereotypes, & multiple identities. Through discussion & group activities, you will get to know yourself, the members of your community, & how we construct diversity individually & collectively. R.I.S.E. will connect you with (& be allies for) members of the Cabrini community & help you build critical thinking, communication, & organizational skills necessary for leadership roles & even your professional goals.

What do I need to do to complete a track?

After completing all workshops outlined in each track, students will receive certificates to celebrate their effort & to show as proof of the knowledge acquired. Completion of each track requires participation in all workshops of that track. The “advanced” tracks also include completing a reflection (a paper, poster, or other activity). Also, upon the completing of each track, you will receive a certificate of completion & small token. If you complete the entire R.I.S.E. curriculum, your name will be appear on a plaque in the OSDI offices.

What if I just want to work on the “Diversity 101” track?

We encourage you to work on all of the R.I.S.E. tracks; however, you absolutely can work on just the “Diversity 101” track. If you would like to complete an “advanced” track, though, the Diversity 101 Track is required.

 Who facilitates R.I.S.E. workshops?

R.I.S.E. workshops are co-facilitated by trained Cabrini faculty, staff, & students.

 How can I become a R.I.S.E. Facilitator?

After completing the “Diversity 101” Track, one advanced track, & the peer facilitator training, you will be put on a list of facilitators to facilitate workshops in the tracks that you have completed across campus!

Can Faculty & Staff participate in R.I.S.E.?

Absolutely! You can request workshops for your classes (you & your students will receive credit for the R.I.S.E. program) as well as for your department. You can become a facilitator for the program as well.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

Completion of the R.I.S.E. program is up to you! Workshops will be offered each year by OSDI (some rotating by year). You can also earn credit for workshops presented in classes at meetings, or by request!

Is R.I.S.E. the same program as LEADStrong?

This program–housed in the Office of Student Diversity Initiatives–is also a part of the LEADStrong program. LEADStrong at Cabrini is a co-curricular leadership program where students discover their leadership abilities, hone their skills, & gain an edge on the competition in the workplace.  R.I.S.E. focuses on developing inclusive leaders through the social change model (the knowledge & development of the self, the group, & the community). The R.I.S.E. curriculum delves deeper into the concepts of diversity & inclusion while also complementing the social change model & other principles taught in the LEADStrong program. All workshops count towards both R.I.S.E. & LEADStrong credits.

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