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The following is a short list of Liza's most requested workshops. Please scroll below for the full range of diverse topics Liza has been invited to speak and write about, and create a customized workshop for your school, organization, or team.

“Self-Preservation and Political Warfare: A radical workshop for equity practitioners and leaders.” Audre Lord declared, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” What does this mean for people who are on the front lines of diversity, equity, and inclusion work? How does this work impact our bodies, minds, and spirits? Join Liza Talusan for this workshop as we lean into topics such as racial battle fatigue, secondary trauma, and compassion fatigue and how to reframe and re-position our work in this space. Advanced Level workshop designed for front line practitioners

"Workplace Leadership: Moving from diversity to inclusion" Many companies have made explicit commitments to diversifying their workforce. Rooted in data around decision-making, company culture, and marketing, companies have long understood that diversity matters. However, many organizations are not prepared from what comes next: inclusion. How to practices need to shift or adjust in a diverse work environment? What are the consequences of identity in the workplace? What risks do you need to be aware of as you build a more inclusive workforce? Join Dr. Talusan as you examine how inclusion requires action steps and skills in leadership structures.  Intermediate and Advanced Level workshop

"Student Leadership Development and Active Inclusion" A great workshop for student leaders (e.g., resident assistants, orientation, student government, judicial committees, peer leaders) to better understand how our roles in leadership can improve through the lens of inclusion. Learn how to structure and create more inclusive communities that focus on sense of belonging and engagement. Better understand how your own early messages about identity inform your work as a leader. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Level workshop

"Building and sustaining equitable and just communities" While diversity and inclusion are important aspects of community, our institutions and leaders need to shift to a model of equity and justice in order to truly create communities in which all people experience success. Together, learn why this shift matters and how to best engage in a process in which equity and justice can be drivers in changing the culture and climate of our organizations. Learn how to lead through this change and how to bring your community through this process. Advanced Level workshop

"Social Change and Self-Care Through a Coaching Process" As practitioners, we are often drawn to the field of leadership development because of its close work with activism, leadership, and social change. We have normalized working 16-hour days, close relationships with students, and this “all-or-nothing” approach in the spirit of “doing good work.” Yet, we are well aware of the physical, social, psychological and emotional tolls of avoiding self-care. Join Dr. Talusan in an interactive workshop that explores how to engage in strategic self-care through coaching, a values-based process that aligns our beliefs and behaviors for a more healthy, positive, and care-based life. Intermediate to Advanced Level workshop

“Sometimes it’s a hammer, sometimes it’s a ladder: Overcoming barriers to your own success”. All around us are walls that keep us from living our fullest life. At times, we have created those walls. Other times, people have built the walls around us. Through an engaged coaching process, Liza will walk you through identifying what those blocks are to your success and help you through a process to uncover whether you need a hammer (to break down those walls) or whether you need a ladder (to climb over them). This is a great session for people and communities who may feel in a plateau, stuck or who need an extra boost in their lives! Intermediate to Advanced Level workshop

"Exploring Identity: How diversity shows up in our work and in our community." Diversity is who we are. Therefore, we have to take the time to explore the different ways in which diversity is part of our community. Through intergroup dialogue, we will explore the many ways in which diversity - including, but not limited to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and faith - inform our community identity.  Together, we will learn how to build a multicultural practice, how to engage authentically with people from backgrounds different than your own, and how to best hold space and invite differences. Beginner to Intermediate level workshop

"Identity Conscious Leadership." We all know that being color-conscious is an inclusive approach to leadership. But, what does that really mean? Join Dr. Talusan as we explore how identity - our own and that of others - informs our social interactions, decision making, and behaviors at work and in our personal communities. Learn how to develop cultural awareness in yourself and in others towards the purpose of offering a more inclusive environment. Beginner to intermediate level workshop

"Facilitating Difficult Conversations: Train-the-Trainer workshops." In this workshop, participants who have a proficient level of experience in this work will learn how to facilitate dialogues rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion. In today's climate, these dialogues are important as we seek to build connections among communities and individuals. Therefore, there is a growing need to prepare facilitators who are both willing to lead difficult conversations and skilled at navigating the emotional experiences related to these topics. This workshop is designed for individuals who are looking to gain more hands-on experience in facilitating dialogues. Through reflective and reflexive activities, participants will better understand their personal connections to issues of identity and learn how to lead dialogues from those experiences. Advanced Level workshop

"Bystander Intervention: A Call to Action." When you see something wrong, what do you say to respond? What do you do? What compels us to act when we see situations of injustice? What is our own relationship to bystander intervention? Join us for this workshop as we examine what personally motivates us to engage in situations of injustice and the barriers that keep us from acting. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Level workshop

"Sense of Self: Why identity matters at work." In our daily lives, we take on roles that describe what we do: teacher, student, faculty, administrator, director, coordinator. While we can articulate our job descriptions and our responsibilities, we do not often consider how our personal identities -- race, gender, class, ability, faith, sexual orientation -- intersect with our day-to-day tasks. Join Dr. Liza Talusan as we explore the ways in which who we are matters as much as what we do. Learn how identity and responsibility are interwoven and how our commitment to deepening our understanding of ourselves can help move us forward in equity and justice work together. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level workshop

"Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work." One of the benefits of working in a culturally diverse environment is the opportunity to think broadly and consider multiple perspectives. But, organizations rarely consider the systems that must be in place to achieve equity for diverse groups. Join Dr. Liza Talusan as we explore the ways to enhance our personal and work practices and behaviors to create better support the talents and perspectives of diverse communities. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level workshop

"They said what?!?: Acknowledging and addressing microaggressions in the workplace".  In diverse environments, we have the opportunity to engage in dialogues that impact people in different ways. Sometimes, those conversations are rewarding and affirming; other times, those conversations can be offensive or off-putting in nature. Join us for this workshop as we explore the different ways that microaggressions -- indirect or subtle acts of discrimination -- show up in our work environment and learn some tools that might help you address them and minimize their occurrences. Intermediate and Advanced level workshop

"Building Inclusive Hiring Processes" Recruitment, retention, and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion are achieved when a community understands why it is important, when structures are created to reduce bias, and when leaders understand how to hold others accountable for an inclusive process. Join Dr. Talusan as we examine key areas of success for recruitment, retention and support and demystify the process of finding great candidates and great places to work. Intermediate level workshop

"Creating inclusive practices for gender non-binary, gender fluid, and transgender students.” Rooted in practitioner voices that center the diversity of gender identity, this workshop is aimed at raising the level of consciousness and practice of cisgender professionals and affirming the work of people who identify as transgender and gender non-binary. This workshop, in particular, is designed to address some of the hidden biases of cisgender educators and leaders that get in the way of creating healthy and safe spaces. Please note that Liza Talusan identifies as cisgender and therefore this workshop is through the lens of challenging ally and accomplice attitudes and behaviors. Liza strongly encourages you to also contact or request that this work be done in partnership with people who identify as transgender and/or gender non-binary as a way to deepen this work. All levels, but particularly beginners in this conversation and cisgender people.

"The American Dream Experience through Point Made Learning" Dr. Talusan is a trained facilitator of The American Dream Experience. Check out this link here to learn more about The American Dream Experience and how it can shape meaningful conversations about race equity and justice. Contact Liza for more details and available dates.  All levels

"I'm Not Racist, Am I? Digital Course" In collaboration with Point Made Learning, join Dr. Talusan as you work with your organization to look deeper into issues of race and racism in American. Rooted in the successful documentary, "I'm Not Racist, Am I?" by Point Made Film, this digital course provides an opportunity for shared learning as organizations move this conversation about race forward. Contact Liza for more details about purchasing the digital course for your organization, community, or network. All levels

Liza is also available for custom keynote addresses, workshops, and extended contracts (1-year) related to

  • Life and Leadership Coaching

  • Board and trustee development

  • Senior Leadership meetings

  • Strategic initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Skillful facilitation

  • Identity based workshops

  • Career based workshops and exploration

  • Parenting

  • The writing process

  • Graduate school socialization

  • Teaching and education

  • Motivation

  • Asian American issues

  • Cancer and disability

  • Health and body image

  • Hiring and retention practices

Contact Dr. Liza Talusan to discuss opportunities for workshops/training

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