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VISIONS works with public and private educational institutions from the elementary school level through graduate/professional schools, including:

  • Senior administrators and faculty
  • Boards of Trustees and School Boards
  • Parents
  • Support staff and work teams (financial aid offices, student groups, resident advisors, etc.)

We believe that learning happens best in a diverse, inclusive, academically challenging, safe and respectful environment.

Educators report that working with VISIONS helps their schools to:

Discuss and effectively address challenging issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.

VISIONS training helps improve communication and problem-solving skills, both proactively and reactively, at all levels of the school community. Participants gain skills in discussing difficult concerns within a positive, non–blaming atmosphere.

Attract, retain and inspire talented personnel.

VISIONS training creates a climate of inclusion that increases job satisfaction and morale of administration, faculty and staff, including those of color and others from historically disadvantaged groups.

Engage all students more deeply in learning.

VISIONS gives students language and a critical analytical framework to understand the personal and institutional impact of race, class, gender and other differences on their daily lives. Students say they feel more self-confident, energized in their learning, and better able to work with other students in diverse groups after VISIONS training.

Increase students’ respect and empathy for others who are different from them.

VISIONS training increases students’ appreciation of differences, a key component in reducing incidences of bullying and “one-down” behavior.

“The VISIONS workshop was tremendously beneficial for St. Mark’s. By spending four days together and talking with candor, the senior administrative team’s trust in each other and our orientation deepened. On an individual level, I came away from the retreat with a deeper commitment to exerting explicit leadership around issues of diversity, and have already begun to do so with students and staff. We are currently working our way through a challenging situation…and I think the fact that we spent those days together helped us, as a leadership team, see a greater complexity and also be better able to bear the inevitable pain that comes along with living and working in a diverse school community.”
John Warren, Head of School St. Marks School

 

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