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Susan D Carver

Susan D. Carver, Ph.D. has designed and implemented diversity programs, workshops and graduate courses for educational and religious institutions, city governments, NASA and large and small businesses. She has a unique capacity to discern and account for her own worldviews which informs her capacity to help attendees understand and optimize cultural differences to help establish productive and effective relationships. She has been recognized for her ability to motivate and guide individuals through the process of assessing their cultural awareness and targeting areas where growth will enhance their cultural IQ. Carver is funded by the National Science Foundation, directing educational programs for Cleveland State University. She earned a PhD in Educational Administration, as well as a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has received national recognition for her creative leadership, winning the Rutgers University Women in Government Award and she was honored by the United States Conference of Mayors for excellence in the development and implementation of diversity programming.


Communication Skills Practicum: Cultural Humility & Cultivating Belonging
This seminar rests on an understanding that our own knowledge and experiences have important limitations, and that cross-cultural engagement is an active, life-long learning process that will never be entirely completed. Instead of developing expertise or competence in another culture, the focus of cultural humility is on self-evaluation, self-critique, and developing awareness of one’s own culture. Cultural humility also gives weight to the institutional context in which a relationship exists. Learning from cultural differences is more likely once leaders have created trust, begun to dismantle systems of discrimination and subordination, and embraced a range of styles. Topics will include social identity construction, psychological safety and trust, and giving and receiving feedback specific to inequity.