Lorain County Community College Affiliate
What is the National Coalition Building Institute?
The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated to eliminating prejudice and intergroup conflict throughout the world. Founded in 1984 it has grown to include college/university and community based chapters both in the United States, Canada and Europe.
NCBI features two (2) award-winning workshops.
|"NCBI’s program was ranked high in overall quality. It was commended for its freedom from bias and stereotypes and for its strong foundation in and use of both a peer education and an empowerment model…|
While many workshops that address diversity on campuses exist, NCBI is the only known organization that has built a model, replicated it on 65 campuses, and tested it extensively.”
-- U.S. Department of Education National Evaluation Panel
Recognizing NCBI as a “BEST PRACTICE” (1999)
What Workshops are Offered?
Train the Trainer (three day workshop) -- Learn to present the award winning Prejudice Reduction Workshop and the Controversial Issues Resolution Process when announced. Enrollment is limited so apply early when available.
Welcoming Diversity / Prejudice Reduction Workshop (one day) -- Shows how participants have been taught to think and act as members of their racial, gender, and other identity groups and provides skills for bridging differences. This workshop consists of a series of incremental, experiential activities that helps participants:
- To celebrate their similarities and differences
- To recognize the misinformation they have 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.
Controversial Issues Process (one day) -- Demonstrates a method for assisting diverse groups to work together even in tough, emotionally-charged conflicts.
“NCBI successfully captured the attention of personnel by demonstrating that diversity is an important part of communication and team function that extends far beyond issues relating to sex, religion, and race. Your training approach provided information and knowledge without creating defensiveness or guilt.”
Former Fire Chief of Monterey, California
Why Does It Work So Well?
NCBI operates on core principles that frame and direct the work of each workshop. These principles are the foundation upon which the successful copyrighted NCBI model is built. The six point theory behind the model is led by the belief #1 which states that “Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place.” The core principles of the National Coalition Building Institute are;
Every issue counts. NCBI addresses a wide range of diversity issues in the course of its programs, including race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and job and life circumstance. Prejudice and discrimination cannot be eliminated in one area while continuing to exist in another.
Personal stories change attitudes. Listening to accounts of discrimination can impart a new perspective on how devastating the impact and move people with racist and other prejudicial attitudes to become allies of those they have mistreated.
Eliminating mistreatment means ending “leadership oppression.” Leaders often experience isolation and a lack of support, sometimes bordering on abuse. NCBI trains them to handle conflict and respond effectively to attacking behaviors. Everyone is taught respect and appreciation for leaders and their efforts, especially when disagreeing with them. Well-supported leaders are more likely to be a source of sound policies.
“Congratulations to you and to NCBI for wining the silver award in the British Diversity Awards. Fighting prejudice is a critical part of building healthy and inclusive communities and I am pleased that NCBI’s valuable and innovative work to tackle racism and other forms of discrimination has been recognized.”
--The Right Honorable Tony Blair, M.P.,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom