National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)

NCBI at UW-Whitewater

UW-Whitewater has been a campus affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) since 2018. The National Coalition Building Institute is an international leadership organization that provides training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in community organizations, K-12 schools, college and university campuses, corporations and law enforcement. NCBI is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. Academic Affairs is proud to offer these important workshops that have the potential to impact the lives of our Warhawk faculty, staff and students as we engage in the important work of racial and social justice.

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NCBI workshops are available for all faculty and staff members at UW-Whitewater.  The program is free for all participants, but advanced registration is required.

Spring Semester 2021: All workshops during the spring 2021 semester will be offered virtually via Webex due to COVID-19. Please see below to sign up for a workshop.

Starting in Fall 2021: We are planning on offering a variety of in-person workshops in the fall of 2021! Check back here in the months to come for a schedule of offerings.

Certificates of participation will be awarded upon completion of workshops.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop (formerly “Prejudice Reduction/ Welcoming Diversity” Workshop): This workshop consists of a series of incremental, experiential activities that help participants

  • To celebrate their similarities and differences
  • To recognize the mis-information they’ve learned about various groups
  • To identify and heal from internalized oppression–the discrimination members of an oppressed group target at themselves and each other
  • To claim pride in group identity
  • To understand the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories, and
  • To learn hands-on tools for dealing effectively with bigoted comments and behavior

Starting in September, 2021, we will offer this workshop in the following formats:

  • Sample Workshop: 2.5 hours
  • Half-Day Workshop: 4 hours
  • Full-Day Workshop:  6 hours (9am-3:00pm)

Controversial Issues Process Workshop:

The NCBI Controversial Issue Process helps individuals and groups to move hotly contested issues forward by teaching how to listen first to the heartfelt concerns on all sides and then to reframe the debate in a way that builds bridges.

This workshop is intended for participants who have already attended a ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop.

Sign up here for a virtual, 2.5 hour workshop during the spring semester 2021.

Sign Up For Our Workshops

Check back here for a schedule of in-person workshops starting in September 2021.

  • Requesting a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Workshop: Are you interested in scheduling a workshop for your unit, division, or class but don’t see a time that works for you on above? If so, please email us at ncbi@uww.edu.  (please note 2-2.5 hours is the minimum for a workshop).

Starting in September 2021:

  • Requesting a Classroom Visit: Are you interested in having a Leadership Team member visit your class for 30 minutes or less to introduce NCBI at UWW and give a brief sample of one of the “Welcoming Diversity” workshop activities? If so, please email us at ncbi@uww.edu.  (please note that a classroom visit does not replace participation in a workshop. Classroom visits are designed to encourage students and instructors to participate in a future workshop).
  • Requesting a “Controversial Issues Process” Workshop: If you are interested in attending and/or scheduling a ‘Controversial Issues Process Workshop’ for your department or unit, please email us at ncbi@uww.edu.  Please note that this workshop is intended for participants who have participated in a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Workshop.

NCBI has received numerous awards and recognitions, including:

  • The Nelson Mandela Award for outstanding international work on fighting racism. 
  • The 'United States Department of Education's Gender Equity Expert Panel' cited NCBI's work on college campuses as a national "best practice", awarding it the rating of "excellent" regarding educational significance, quality, usefulness, and replicability.
  • Citing the success of NCBI training programs at its offices in Wilmington, Delaware, DuPont Corporation designated NCBI’s work as a “Corporate Best Practice.”

UW-Whitewater is the only NCBI affiliate within the UW-System.   This affiliate status includes the following, as stated at https://ncbi.org/how-to-become-a-campus-affiliate/:

  • License to use the copyrighted and award-winning NCBI Welcoming Diversity (Prejudice Reduction) and Controversial Issues Process models. This permission includes the opportunity to lead an unlimited number of workshops for students, faculty, and staff on campus.
  • Use of NCBI methodology as an intervention strategy during inter-and intra-group conflict on campus.
  • Access to NCBI resource materials and the NCBI Campus ListServe. The list is an opportunity for Campus Affiliate leaders to share successes with each other as well as solicit ideas and advice from other leaders.
  • Opportunity to attend the Annual NCBI Campus Conference at cost. This conference offers further training and supervision by the international staff of NCBI, as well as the sharing of resources and “campus best practices” among NCBI campus team leaders from around the country.
  • Invitation to attend NCBI Associates Meetings at a minimal cost. The Associates Meeting is the semi-annual gathering of all NCBI senior leaders and Chapter Directors.
  • Opportunity for one member of the Affiliate to attend the international 4-day Leadership for Diversity Institute in Washington, DC for half price.

Meet our Teams

Profile image of Cindy Anderton Cindy Anderton

UWW NCBI Leadership Team Member & Associate Professor of Counselor Education, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Ola Bamgbose Ola Bamgbose

UWW NCBI Leadership Team Member & Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Logan Edwards Logan Edwards

UWW NCBI Leadership Team Member & Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Julie Minikel-Lacocque Julie Minikel-Lacocque

UWW NCBI Campus Affiliate Director & Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Jenna Cushing-Leubner Jenna Cushing-Leubner

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Katie Elliott Katie Elliott

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Robin Fox Robin Fox

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Interim Dean, College of Education & Professional Studies

profile image icon Nomsa Gwalla-Ogisi

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Professor of Special Education, College of Education & Professional Studies

profile image icon Kelly Hatch

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Lucy Heimer Lucy Heimer

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Gretchen Kinney Gretchen Kinney

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Front Office Manager, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Kristen Linzmeier Kristen Linzmeier

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Lourdes Martinez-Nieto Lourdes Martinez-Nieto

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Education & Professional Studies

Profile image of Tia Schultz Tia Schultz

UW-W NCBI Support Team Member & Associate Professor of Special Education, College of Education & Professional Studies

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