Inclusion, Equality and Belonging:
What you'll learn
- With a Certificate of Completion, our graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate cultural competency to potential employers with their interest in and knowledge of inclusion, equality and belonging;
- Delve into socially constructed systems of oppression, patriarchy, racism, classism, gender biases, and heterosexism;
- Show knowledge of past and present racist, sexist, gender bias, and classist practices and attitudes in the US;
- Articulate in writing and verbally the intersectionality among all forms of oppression.
- The only requirement is the desire to expand your knowledge base. You should have a willingness to cultivate within yourself a new perspective to embrace inclusion, equality, and belonging through a lens of diversity.
- Technical requirement: access to a computer running Windows 10 or above (or the Apple equivalent) with 32MB of RAM (64MB recommended) and internet access.
Welcome to Peace in Action! We are Dr. Gerri Budd and Professor Donnalynn Scillieri, and are very happy to meet you and to share our university experience with you. We are excited to provide you with the tools you need to effectively implement inclusion, equality and belonging to become marketable, viable and proficient employees.
We founded Peace In Action to help you in your career goals. Our company is a certified Small and Women Owned business, and certified to do business with the federal government.
As you learn with us, you will become able to differentiate the effects of the lack of inclusion in personal and professional spaces, and apply new tools to expand your career as a better candidate for employment, colleague and friend. Upon completion, our students will be able to recognize the ongoing cultural debates about systems of oppression including: patriarchy, racism, classism, gender biases, heterosexism and sexism. Students will become better allies with their newly acquired language to support oppressed people, and will assist in creating settings for efficient relationships. Students will be able to operate beyond diversity, and establish a culture of belonging. Graduates of this course will earn a Certificate of Completion.
Our students acknowledge that we all come from different worlds with preconceived notions about people outside of our social norms, and our students historically thank us for showing them another way to think critically about the world through a lens of social justice. They are thrilled to cultivate within themselves to have a new balance of inclusion, equality and belonging and embrace diversity.
“I recognize and value that by becoming an active ally in my professional and personal life, I live peacefully because of the balance of inclusion, equality and belonging.” - Donnalynn
“I do not believe that the pinnacle of a student's educational experience is to be able to agree with me. Rather students should discover their own ideas based on reasoned inquiry.” - Gerri
Who this course is for:
- Job seekers, recent university and trade school graduates, and people transitioning into new careers who want to enhance their resumes.
Donnalynn Scillieri (she/her/hers) is a professor teaching: Gender, Culture and Sexuality, Diversity and Difference, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Gendered Lives and Societies, Sociology of Women, Women’s Changing Roles, Women’s Stories, Racism and Sexism, Principles of Sociology, Social Issues, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Gender, and Human Sexuality. As a Human Rights advocate, she is a consultant, speaker, and moderator for events and trainings focusing on gender-based violence (domestic violence, sexual assault), human trafficking, LGBT rights and animal abuse and their intersections. Until recently, she was on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence and headed their LGBT Task Force to provide LGBT same-sex violence workshops at colleges, universities, women centers, and with law enforcement, while collaborating with the Women of Color Task Force to present intersectionality. With the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, she participated in drafting legislation for the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act (A3352), signed into law on May 6, 2013 by Governor Christie. Donnalynn is a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), and volunteers extensively for Passaic County Women’s Center as a survivor’s advocate. She presented her Teach Not Judge: Embracing the LGBT Community at NJANSA and other higher education forums and it was recently adopted by the University of Texas. Donnalynn presented at the 16th Annual LGBTQ Leadership Conference at Pratt Institute - Suicidality and Understanding Our LGBTQ Students. Two of Donnalynn’s favorite panels have been, Human Trafficking in Our Back Yards with Homeland Security and the FBI and Women’s Rights Aren’t They Human Rights! bringing religious leaders (from rabbis, priests, ministers, Iman, and Wiccans) together for an honest conversation about LGBT community, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, drug addiction in their communities.
As a fourteen and half year survivor of domestic violence, Donnalynn shares her journey in a book she is writing and lecturing about - Awakening and Rebirth Along the Journey of Hope about her story out of a domestic violence marriage.
Reflecting on her own early career days, as a Wall Street stock trader, Donnalynn is currently writing about her journey into the wilds of Wall Street in the late 1980’s from a Jersey, Italian American, educated, suburban family - We Aren't in Jersey, Anymore. The book will weave the context of the zeitgeist, as Donnalynn entered the world of Wall Street’s go go 80's, the era of the free market, mergers, hostile takeovers, and Reaganism.
Rolling her passion for Ancient Egypt, Women’s Studies and Wall Street, she is researching and writing about women in business over the centuries, beginning with the queens of Egypt to the women of Wall Street in the late 19th century.
Concerned about human and animal right and healing from pain, she works with animal rescues and people in pain because of the intersection of abuse.
She earned a BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from William Paterson University of New Jersey and an MA in Arts Management from Montclair State University.
Dr. Budd (she/her/her) has over twenty-five years’ cumulative experience in teaching and academic management. She has worked with the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education on institutional applications, and has held senior management positions at Berkeley College and Seton Hall University. Dr. Budd’s research interests include gender issues, American politics and government, governance structures, leadership issues, and the history and politics of education. Her scholarly contributions include the following:
· Co-presenter; By Any Other Name: The War on Women, as part of the Spring 2013 Women & Gender Studies Colloquium Lecture Series.
· Co-presenter; By Any Other Name: Women, Feminism, and Conservative Politics, at the April 2011 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association annual conference.
· Co-presenter; Consent of the Governed: Political Attitudes of Women Voters, at the November 2008 Lehigh University Feminism in Practice conference and at the March 2004 Seton Hall University Celebration of Women conference.
· Collaborated with Joseph Stetar, Ph.D. on a biography of Thomas Duckett Boyd for inclusion in a biographical anthology, Dictionary of American Biography, Oxford University Press, 1996.
· Cited by Martin Finklestein, Ph.D. and Joseph Stetar, Ph.D. in “Influence of Faculty Backgrounds on the Motivation to Teach,” an article Teaching and Liking It, Johns Hopkins Press, 1996.
· Presenter; The Statewide Coordination of Higher Education at the 1995 convention of the American Educational Studies Association.
· Paper on the connection between private higher education and state government was being utilized by the Association of Private Higher Education of the Ukraine for policy development and was under consideration for translation into Ukrainian by the Association.