PUR:611 Inclusion Certificate (Outdoor Class Chesapeake Bay, MD)

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PUR:611 Inclusion Certificate (Outdoor Class Chesapeake Bay, MD)

Course Overview Professional development course for faculty and administrators to learn new racial inclusion strategies.

By Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D., Principal Investigator at PurposeU

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Date and time

September 5, 2020 · 4:30pm - December 2 · 7:30pm EDT


Purpose U Outdoor Classroom 1171 Spruce Ave Shady Side, MD 20764

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About this event

PUR 611: Inclusion Certificate Course for Faculty and Administrators (3 CEUs)


Join us at the DC Metro Area (Chesapeake Bay) outdoor classroom! In this professional development course for faculty and administrators, you will learn new strategies to 'listen-to' and teach diverse students. Your classroom is already diverse with a mix of students who have varying abilities, disabilities, cultural differences, and socio-economic backstories. An efficient and effective teacher can re-prioritize lessons to produce inclusive education. In this course, you will learn to see diversity as a living and breathing, 'learning opportunity' for all. Through story-listening you will uncover powerful narratives and become a change agent for the new reality of inclusion.

Lesson 1 - What is Inclusion? Telling my Purpose Story

Lesson 2 - Defining a Safe Classroom?

Lesson 3 - Analytical Lens for Identity, and Entity Creation

Lesson 4 - Autoethnography and Diverse Self-Narratives

Lesson 5 - Affinity Identity Fun Class Activity

Lesson 6 - Positionality Analysis

Lesson 7 -Culture Activity for Your Team or Class

Lesson 8 - Examining Your Calling Process Story

Lesson 9 - Implicit Bias

Lesson 10 - Personality, Stories, and Real Education

Each lesson in this course will include an instructional video followed by an activity and attached readings. Complete all readings and activities for each lesson in the course. At the end of the course your work will be reviewed and if results are satisfactory you will receive a certificate of completion.

The course and book provide narratives, counter-narratives, academic research, and activities to better understand the Art of Story-Listening in theory and practice. The selected voices are former students, colleagues, and professors who share their stories and lessons on inclusion. It is our hope that this book helps your everyday practice in the craft of mindfulness and the art of story-listening

Purpose of Certificate Course

Story-listening is the antidote to prejudice. It makes sense. Webster’s dictionary defines prejudice as, “preconceived judgment without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.” Prejudice is to pre-story tell onto someone else. It is to read our own life story, stereotypes, and experiences onto another person without ever asking them. Prejudice limits our ability to see others clearly.

Unfortunately, there is prejudice in the classroom, the boardroom, and the courtroom. It happens when we create a space where ‘others’ voices and ideas aren’t heard, validated, and eagerly anticipated. It happens when arrogant professors (of whom I am chief) believe they are the only authority on a subject, and assume the false role of ‘expert in charge.’ This attitude of arrogance strips away the agency and individual authority of each student’s privilege to intellectually disagree. For me, it is a daily struggle to forgo my storytelling, teaching, and professing to enter a space where we all can become story-listeners.

This certificate course is an effort to cultivate a mindset of inclusion and empower leaders to re-create this mindset through story-listening.

About the organizer

Dr. Derrick Drakeford is a Social Entrepreneur. Derrick started his business from the unemployment line in 2002.  Derrick is CEO of Drakeford, Scott, and Associates LLC. a  community-minded consulting firm, and President of Purpose University (www.learnpurpose.org). Derrick has served as a faculty member of North Carolina Central University in the Masters in Public Administration Program,  an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Director of Freshman Studies at Shaw University. Derrick has consulted with nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and churches for 22 years. Derrick has a Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill his doctoral reseach was on success factors of college presidents.

Derricm has a BS in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman University; a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina's School of Government; a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNC's School of Social Work; a Certificate in Proposal Writing and Fundraising for Nonprofits from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Derrick's publications include:

1)Finding Your Purpose in 15 Minutes,

2) Fundraising for Nonprofits

3) Starting Your Business from the Unemployment Line,

4) Jada Goes to Pre-School: A Book on Transitions,

5) P5: The Five Secrets to Successful Grant and Bid Proposals,

6) The 2 Laws of Standardized Testing, and

7) Inclusion:The Art of Story-Listening