MSU announced Wednesday that two new 90-minute workshops on social justice and diversity are being implemented for "student leaders" this fall, noting that staff/faculty supervisors are expected to "make this training required."
While the announcement does not provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes a student leader, it does state that "examples of student leaders/workers include: Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Office Assistants, Resident Assistants, Student Orientation Counselors, etc."
The announcement itself does not explicitly state that the workshops will be mandatory, saying only that "we encourage faculty and staff to send their student leaders and student workers to both training sessions."
A supplementary document provided within the announcement, however, states that staff and faculty supervisors are "expected" to "make this training required for student leaders and stress the importance," as well as "encourage student interaction during the trainings" and "require students to complete pre- and post-training surveys."
The same document also lists desired learning outcomes for participants, saying that upon completing the workshops, it is expected that students will "be able to define core diversity and social justice concepts, including privilege, oppression, and microaggression," as well as "recognize areas where they have privilege and how this shapes their experiences and interactions."