Continuing Education Center

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series

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RID has created a Webinar Series that is designed to raise awareness and start a vital conversation exploring and understanding diversity, power, privilege, oppression, as well as foster inclusion. The series will aim to explore causes at the roots of our perception and attitudes. how we develop these attitudes about power, privilege, and oppression individually and collectively, and how our attitudes affect our interpersonal interactions. The series will include five webinars that will be presented over the course of several months. In order to receive CEUs, all webinars must be completed.

If registered for the series, you may miss up to two of the live webinars. In order to still earn CEUs, you must view the the recording of the webinar that was missed before the next live webinar. 


  • Defining and Understanding Oppression:

    Product not yet rated Contains 6 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 03/29/2019 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    This introductory webinar will explore: Power, Privilege and Oppression, and explore different types of oppression -Intercultural Oppression - oppression within members of different cultures, Intracultural Oppression: oppression between members of the same cultural group, Existential Oppression: Power dynamics and oppression narratives arising from a circumstance rather than a specific norm or standard,and the related behaviors.

    Power, Privilege & Oppression refers to the phenomena by which members of a society are unfairly advantaged and may be unaware of, or unwilling to, recognize the advantage. The result is oppression at the systemic, societal, and individual level wrongfully limiting another’s access to resources. This is rooted in the perception of entitlement - or lack thereof- based on social group membership and may manifest in covert and overt practices/behaviors that seek to keep that advantage, and result in abuse of assumed power and privilege. All of which contribute to perpetuating the privilege, individual biases, and social and systemic oppression.

    This introductory webinar will explore: Power, Privilege and Oppression, and explore different types of oppression -Intercultural Oppression - oppression within members of different cultures, Intracultural Oppression: oppression between members of the same cultural group, Existential Oppression:  Power dynamics and oppression narratives  arising from a circumstance rather than a specific norm or standard,and the related behaviors.  

    Benro Ogunyipe (Moderator)

    Benro T. Ogunyipe, MPA is a Senior Accessibility Specialist for the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services (IDHS), Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation in Chicago, Illinois. He directs and administers the bureau’s program and training activities to ensure department compliance with Titles I & II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the department’s legal obligations under the Illinois Human Rights Act. He served as President of the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. from 2011 to 2013, and served as Vice President and Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2011. In 2014 and again in 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Benro to the National Council on Disability. Benro was also appointed by three different Illinois Governors to public bodies including twice as a Commissioner of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. He is the current Board member of the National Association of the Deaf. Benro received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gallaudet University and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the School of Public Service at DePaul University.

  • How Attitudes and Behaviors are Developed

    Product not yet rated Contains 6 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 05/10/2019 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Social behavior is, by and large, learned behavior. Agents of influence- people, systems, institutions, experiences - that we are exposed to all of our lives teach us what we are expected to believe about ourselves and others. This part of the series will explore the loci of those attitudes and beliefs, that ultimately inform and drive our decisions and behaviors. At the conclusion of this segment, participants will be able to identify those influences that helped to define attitudes/belief systems and the resulting interaction narratives.

    Social behavior is, by and large, learned behavior. Agents of influence- people, systems, institutions, experiences -  that we are exposed to all of our lives teach us what we are expected to believe about ourselves and others. This part of the series will explore the loci of those attitudes and beliefs, that ultimately inform and drive our decisions and behaviors.  At the conclusion of this segment, participants will be able to identify those influences that helped to define attitudes/belief systems and the resulting interaction narratives.


  • Socialized Oppression - How Attitudes and Behaviors are Integrated

    Product not yet rated Contains 6 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 07/19/2019 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    This part of the series will focus on how we learn and subsequently subscribe to the narratives that shape our attitudes and beliefs, and ultimately our decisions and behaviors. Presented through a framework of “reality” as a social construct, at the conclusion of this segment participants will be able to define socialization and its significance for social interaction, identify those influences that helped to define individual socialization, explore and identify resulting attitudes/belief systems and their foregrounding narratives.

    We all interact with others according to what we believe to be the norms and beliefs of society. Through a process of socialization, we are made aware of societal norms, e.i., societal values and expectations.  Agents of socialization teach us how we are expected to behave. This part of the series will focus on that process- how we learn and subsequently subscribe to the narratives that shape our attitudes and beliefs, and ultimately our decisions and behaviors. Presented through a framework of “reality” as a social construct, at the conclusion of this segment participants will be able to define socialization and its significance for social interaction, identify those influences that helped to define individual socialization, explore and identify resulting attitudes/belief systems and their foregrounding narratives.

  • Internalized Oppression - How Oppression Drives our behavior/interaction with others.

    Product not yet rated Contains 6 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/13/2019 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Internalized oppression can manifest in a variety of discourses such as oppression, social dominance, experience oppression, sexism, discrimination, audism, and dysconscious audism. This webinar will serve as a starting point to explore how our own unique identities, not only empower or disempower, us as individuals but also how our own identities propel us to view internalized oppression. By engaging in this workshop participants will explore power narratives of oppression in action.

    Internalized oppression occurs when one group of people recognizes a distinct inequality of value compared to another group of people and, as a result, desires exact the behavior of the more highly valued group.  Internalized oppression can manifest in a variety of discourses such as oppression, social dominance, experience oppression, sexism, discrimination, audism, and dysconscious audism.  Essentially, individuals (and groups)  act out the socially constructed, accepted stereotypes.  The narratives informing these stereotypes emerge from an intersection of social influence- education and culture, e.i,  and manifest in belief systems that shape identity, value, attitudes, and behavior - all of which are a reflection of one’s experience with oppression. This webinar will serve as a starting point to explore how our own unique identities, not only empower or disempower, us as individuals but also how our own identities propel us to view internalized oppression. By engaging in this workshop participants will explore power narratives of oppression in action.

  • Dismantling Oppression - Respect Equality and Inclusion.

    Product not yet rated Contains 7 Component(s), 1.25 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 11/08/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST)

    This workshop will begin a conversation toward shifting the existing oppression paradigms by challenging the accepted and practiced narratives and practicing self-determination regarding our cultural identities, diversity, equality, as well as intra- and intergroup interaction. The lack of attention to any manifestation of oppression, however, results in our ignorance of the resulting problems and frees us from taking any responsibility. During this discussion, we will expose and examine ways to challenge the dominant culture view.

    This workshop will begin a conversation toward shifting the existing oppression paradigms by challenging the accepted and practiced narratives and practicing self-determination regarding our cultural identities, diversity, equality, as well as intra- and intergroup interaction.  Education as the practice of freedom (Friere,1970) refers to the awakening of critical consciousness, as education is historically the instrument of oppression. While cultural synthesis reflects the value of preservation, that action protects and preserves what oppressors would rather remain invisible. The lack of attention to any manifestation of oppression, however, results in our ignorance of the resulting problems and frees us from taking any responsibility. Ignorance of the problem does not make it go away.  We endeavor to explore ways to release from pretense by embracing our individual biases, sense of power and exercise of privilege. We will promote practices ideologies that support polyculturalism – an institution that emphasizes deep relationships and mutual experiences/influence among members of marginalized groups and between marginalized groups.  During this discussion, we will expose and examine ways to challenge the dominant culture view by becoming mindful of how we perceive and exercise power and privilege.  

RID is providing this workshop as an opportunity for safe, respectful learning and will not permit harassment, discrimination or horizontal violence based on another's comments, questions, schema, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.