REQUIRED Opal Courses & Course Descriptions
Leadership Challenge (Required for all Certificates)
Challenge your potential to become an authentic leader with the "Five Principles of Exemplary Leadership" by Kouzes and Posner and the supporting Benedictine Values. These principles and values will provide you with a framework in which to ground the process toward developing a personal leadership model.
Marshmallows and Noodles
Do you have amazing building skills? Have you considered using marshmallows and noodles as your key building supplies? And, what does this have to do with intercultural competency?
Are stereotypes inherently positive or negative? Play a game of “Taboo” and discover what determines your stereotypes about yourself and others. Do stereotypes impact your ability to be an effective leader? Come find out!
OPTIONAL Opal Courses & Course Descriptions
Everyone has dreams. The “American Dream” is often referred to as an ability to pick oneself up by their bootstraps and become a great leader. Do you have what it takes?
Inclusive Language versus Political Correctness
Political correctness is a term used to describe language which is claimed to be calculated to provide a minimum of offense, particularly to the racial,cultural, or other identity groups being described. Inclusive language is a term which attempts to refer to people and things in a way that is gender-neutral or age appropriate. How do you know which of these stances to take, and is political correctness still relevant? Find out at this session!
While going out for an adventure at sea, your boat begins to sink. As you begin to try and figure out how to survive, you quickly realize not everyone will make it off the boat. As a group, you will decide who lives and who doesn’t in this simulation activity. Be prepared to discuss this adventure with one another as you come to this session.
Navigating Religious Diversity
This course invites participants to practice dialogue about religious differences. Taking the religious or spiritual identities of each participants as a starting point, we will explore the potential conflicts and the potential strengths of working together amidst religious diversity. We will glean from this experience of dialogue several strategies for leadership in religiously diverse settings.
What are your opinions on issues of privilege? Do you think everyone has the ability to be successful or do you think there are systems set up to stop others from learning? Attend this session to discuss where privilege begins and where it ends and find out more about these issues.
Retreat on Race and Ethnicity (RORE)
(Sponsored by Intercultural Center)
(Counts as Two Optional ILCP Opal Credits)
The RORE Program is a three day retreat that creates a safe atmosphere for intercultural dialogue and learning at a deep level. RORE prepares its participants to work with people of different races, ethnicities and cultures. Participants engage in insightful discussion and activities that bring the realities of racism, privilege, bigotry, and class to the forefront.
Safe Space Training
The Safe Space Training, through education, advocacy, visibility, and skill development, supports faculty and staff in becoming allies for GLBT students and colleagues. It is designed to radically reduce prejudice and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression and to create a safer, more affirming campus for all students, faculty, and staff.
Who Am I Poems
I am a leader. I am a follower. I am a CSB/SJU student. Attend this interactive session in which you will define who you are and what important elements exist in understanding the multiple roles you have on this campus and in life. Use the activity to provide an understanding of the various pieces of your identity.