Amer Ahmed, Int. Executive Director, Office of Inclusivity and Equity
Katie DeGuzman, Dean and Director of Education Abroad, Center for Global Study & Engagement
Nedra Sandiford, Program Coordinator, Dickinson in Malaga (Spain)

After completing the workshop, students will be able to:

  • Understand that they have an evolving and dynamic lens with which they view the world and certain situations. 
  • Explore inequity in an abroad location and understand how it is similar and different to the US context (global/local) 
  • Recognize the cultural nuances and contextualize marginalization in their abroad locations. 


Complete these 2 steps before the workshop on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

    1. Read the Al Jazeera article and watch the accompanying video: ‘Consumers are not aware we are slaves inside the greenhouses’
    1. Read the Farmworker Justice blog post: Hunger amidst plenty: Food assistance in farmworker communities


IDENTITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE (10 mins) – 1 Group in Main Room

    • We will revisit the overarching theme of interdependence
    • We will discuss how our identity informs our actions and choices
    • We will recognize the importance of taking steps to promote diversity equity and inclusion to embracing interdependence

FRAMING IDENTITY (15 mins) – 1 Group in Main Room

    • We will dive into the definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion
    • We will dive into the definitions of power, privilege, positionality, and intersectionality

EXPLORING FOOD INSECURITY: MIGRANT WORKER CASE STUDY (20 minutes) – 3-4 breakout rooms (instructors will join rooms to monitor students’ work)

    • Students will explore food insecurity through the lens of inequality in food production by discussing the articles assigned before the workshop.
    • Students will answer the following discussion questions:
      • How are global flows of labor directly influenced by identity, power and positionality?
      • How do the power imbalances of certain countries (The U.S. and Mexico/Central America, Spain and The European Union and Africa) contribute to issues of marginalization?
      • How does our current system of food production contribute to inequality, (locally and abroad)?
    • One student will be designated the reporter

DEBRIEF AND CONNECTING OF THEMES (15 mins) – 1 Group in Main Room

    • Each reporter will give a summary on the responses from the discussion questions
    • Students will be asked to make connections between the content in this workshop and the previous two workshops (Interdependence and sustainability)


Before the next workshop, students are asked to: 

Imagine that given circumstances outside of your control, you had to migrate to another country. Where would you go? Where would you land? Write responses for your reflections (250-300 words) to these two questions. Please document this reflection in writing as a post on this blog. Tag it with the category “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion”.

  • What would your experience be like given your identity?
  • What target/agent dynamics might you encounter?

Don’t forget to also complete the pre-workshop assignments for the Civic Action Workshop.