Anything that challenges the way we think and gets our students and staff excited about exploring the reality of our prospectives and venturing out into change is exciting and necessary! Elephants and Onions accomplished just that!

Kristin Bright, University of Indianapolis

This program was extremely helpful in starting a dialogue to discuss social equality, which is seriously overlooked. This was a phenomenal program!

Student, University of Rhode Island

I think this program provided a ‘brave space’ that allowed a lot of issues to be discussed that normally get pushed under the rug.

Student, Wittenberg University

All of these experiences have shown me how I react and feel in certain situations. Now that I have an understanding of how I react, I am able to view the entire situation more clearly and come to a more reasonable solution. By being able to take a step back and view the entire situation without bias, I am able to take in other people’s thoughts, ideas and opinions.

Student, University of Rhode Island

Motivating students to embrace diversity and peel back the layers of social justice

For many campus communities, diversity is the elephant in the room. As it continues to morph into something bigger, social justice, people need a safe environment to have discussions and learn how it impacts our communities.  You might be looking for an innovative, proactive way to train individuals who work closely with your diverse student body. You may also be looking for something that truly facilitates a better understanding of how we can take responsibility for our actions and how we can become better agents of change.

Elephants and Onions is a starting point for the difficult conversations that surround social justice and social change. As you peel back the layers of identities, roots of judgment, back stories, patterns of assumptions and behaviors and the widely varying values sets that each individual holds dear, it can be uncomfortable. A few tears might be shed – kind of like peeling an onion.

Get it? Elephants in the room. Peeling the onion. Elephants & Onions.

This workshop was written by CAMPUSPEAK Elephants & Onions facilitators, and it includes the most thought-provoking small and large group activities. Not only will participants dig deeper into social justice and diversity, but they will also gain skills related to effective communication and engaging in critical thinking. Participants will be involved in a highly engaging experience that will leave everyone feeling empowered to create a stronger, safer, more nurturing community for all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have the tools necessary to become an advocate for social justice
  • Learn effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in challenging dialogue with integrity
  • Understand how social justice impacts relationships and conversations

Workshop Details

  • 3-hour workshop
  • Includes a participant workbook and a pre and post assessment
  • Often used as part of an existing training

Who Is This Ideal For?

  • Orientation leaders
  • Residence life training
  • Peer educator training
  • Fraternity and sorority leaders

To learn more about Elephants and Onions, call 303-745-5545 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).