Why It’s Worth It

UIS Coalition Builders Overview Presentation


Why it’s worth it… (Quotes from past participants)

  • “Felt like a gathering – not a training.”
  • “Supportive and empowering environment.”
  • “Getting to know people’s stories and experiences. I feel everyone would benefit from this workshop.”
  • “I really appreciated having the opportunity to learn about others and see all the identities in the room. It was done in a very thoughtful and inclusive way.”
  • “Understanding your role in ending oppression.”
  • “Speak up when I am to support my own group and others. This workshop gave me more confidence to do this.”
  • “I’m more willing to stand up when I hear an inappropriate comment/joke.”
  • “(Activities)… made me feel as if I belonged to a group within the larger group.”
  • “Identifying my own identities and insecurities and helping to see that everyone has got something. Getting to know more of the shared experiences with the pairs.”
  • “The times of real, immediate, concrete self expression…”


Leadership for Equity & Inclusion: Bias & Prejudice Reduction

  • I appreciated the opportunity to hear from others and learn from their experiences
  • Learning from a Native American that often don’t have the pleasure of learning from.
  • Building authentic meaningful relationships, having support around personal issues/ experiences, more practical ideas on how to share information on a day to day basis.
  • Forming genuine connections–this allowed me to take risks, be introspective and learn.
  • The small group breakout for speak outs allowed for the chance for me to find my voice.
  • Everyone can learn something from everyone.
  • During the small group session on speak outs I was able to support and be supported and make a good intimate connection with the person with whom I was paired.
  • Being grouped with such a diverse amount of people but seeing just how similar many of our experiences are.


Controversial Issues Process

  • Be able to use scenarios to work through issues or topics that may arise. Also, how to manage/embrace conflict.
  • The opportunity to dialogue with someone who holds a very different opinion than I on a specific
    We’ve agreed to disagree and the processing was valuable to me.