Educational Institutions

Seminars for Educational Institutions

Thousands of participants from educational, government, corporate, and social service agencies have taken StirFry’s trainings and seminars. StirFry Seminars is recognized by many of the top universities and school districts as having one of the most outstanding cross-cultural and communications training programs for teachers, administrators and staff personnel. Many educators and staff comment that they have participated in some of the most life changing and phenomenally useful trainings and seminars of their experience. In many universities, our films are required of all incoming freshmen.

In addition, StirFry Seminars, in conjunction with John Boiano, offers a national program to deal with bullying and violence in our schools. We offer assemblies, keynotes, and a vast variety of teacher/student/parent/administrator trainings and consultations dealing with this growing problem in our schools. In 2010, StirFry Seminars developed a special package for Colleges and Universities, entitled “An Unfinished Conversation,” which educators can customize to meet specific campus needs or requirements. The day-long program offers sessions for students, staff and faculty, and includes an evening showing and discussion of one of StirFry’s films. For more information on “An Unfinished Conversation” please click here.

As a part of StirFry Seminars’ ongoing efforts to increase awareness of issues of race and racism on American campuses, Lee Mun Wah will be releasing his newest film, If These Halls Could Talk, in November of 2011. This film brings together 11 students from across the country to share their stories about the state of diversity on their college campuses. For more information, and a short preview of the film, click here.

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What Makes StirFry Unique and Innovative?

Thousands of participants from educational, government, corporate, and social service agencies have taken StirFry’s trainings and seminars. StirFry Seminars is recognized by many of the top universities and school districts as having one of the most outstanding cross-cultural and communications training programs for teachers, administrators and staff personnel.  Many educators and staff comment that they have participated in some of the most life changing and phenomenally useful trainings and seminars of their experience. In many universities, our films are required of all incoming freshmen.  In addition, StirFry Seminars, in conjunction with John Boiano,  offers a national program to deal with bullying and violence in our schools, “If These Halls Could Talk.”™  We offer assemblies, keynotes, and a vast variety of teacher/student/parent/administrator trainings and consultations dealing with this growing problem in our schools.

What makes StirFry Seminars so unique is our approach to how we value and observe each communication. We call this ‘mindfully listening’, which means being attentive to the subtleties in each communication, such as intent and impact. The following are some of the reasons why so many companies have chosen to work with us.

  • We emphasize developing inquiry skills in place of adversarial and defensive statements
  • We help participants acquire the art of mindfully resolving conflicts within seconds through the use of observation and responsive techniques
  • We demonstrate ways to create an environment where staff and administration work together as a supportive community rather than as individuals coming from an oppositional or power perspective
  • We develop the art of noticing ‘keywords’ throughout the communication process that unlock the needs and issues of a particular cultural group or individual
  • We train participants to observe differences and not just similarities through a multicultural and multi-sensoryapproach and perspective
  • We use personal stories as a way to broaden one’s understanding and compassion for the history of one’s journey and its impact on present day behaviors and attitudes
  • We train participants to not only listen for what is being said, but also to what is not being expressed because of discriminatory or retaliatory behaviors and attitudes
  • We train participants to notice the importance of intent and impact in all their communications
  • We use curiosity as a gateway to empathy and trust
  • We explore through a multicultural lens rather than a monocultural one
  • We help participants deepen their understanding of cross-cultural issues and values through role plays and real life vignettes so that what they are learning is practical, useful and appropriate
  • We create opportunities for ongoing dialogues so that different cultural groups can ask each other questions and deepen their relationships
  • We provide ongoing training on how to facilitate and resolve conflicts peaceably without coming from a reactive or defensive position
  • We use our internationally acclaimed films on diversity issues to foster dialogue and deeper understandings
  • Participants practice their communication and mediation skills through viewing our unique training films that mirror actual business scenarios and ongoing workplace problems and issues
  • StirFry Seminars provides ongoing consultation, mentoring and consultation throughout each level of our trainings and seminars
  • We provide a Certification Program for those wishing to advance their training and facilitation skills and cross-cultural understanding
  • We offer a variety of diversity workshops, as well as communications training
  • We work with individuals and groups, often as many as a thousand or more for our seminars or trainings
  • We have countless National Training Centers all over the United States
  • Our consultants, facilitators and trainers are from a variety of multicultural backgrounds
  • We provide manuals, training guides, films and books that are authored solely by StirFry Seminars & Consulting
  • Our clients range from the top 500 corporations to almost every major university, government and social agency in the United States
  • Our films and books are the foundation for most diversity trainers
  • Our films such as The Color of Fear (appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1995), have won international and national awards
  • All of our trainers and facilitators have years of diversity experience and are Certified Master Diversity Trainers
  • Our presenters, trainers, facilitators, and consultants come from a myriad  of professions, including from educational, corporate,  therapeutic and social services sectors

Client Testimonials

“It was very beneficial for me, and at some points very personal and emotional. I not only learned more about my colleagues in depth, but about myself. It was great. The time just flew. This was the best workshop I’ve been to.”

Tatiana Razmanova
Student Learning Advocate,
Student Services Department
Anoka-Hennipen School District #11

What this workshop did for me today was validate my
experiences as reality. I truly believe that it is through the sharing of our stories and the true hearing of them from
others, that we will begin to start moving forward towards
a better place.

Cassidy Pohl
Student Learning Advocate,
Blaine High School

I would never get to know my co-workers this deeply…this workshop created an environment where the other workers and I had the opportunity to foster and grow. This is a great workshop for us to connect and we will be more productive as a result.

Phouma Xiong
Student Learning Advocate,
Anoka-Hennipen District #11

It is a wonder to behold, to bear witness to. I left feeling a renewed sense of competence in being able to facilitate these conversations. But more importantly, I left feeling a part of something bigger…with these skills we equip ourselves with the capacity for racial healing, and healing around many of the other dimensions that divide us – that’s what it’s all about, right!!

Cheryl L. Franks, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Diversity, Human Rights and Social Justice
Columbia University School of Social Work

I highly recommend this training. Particularly, if you think you are a ‘seasoned’ trainer/facilitator, you will learn from a master what you didn’t know. I look at facilitation in a whole new way – it’s not just about the agenda, it’s about really getting participants to engage and move to a new place.  It is training at the next level.  By far the best diversity training I have ever attended!  I would attend again as there is so much more to learn!

Sandra Vonniessen-Applebee
Director,  Danbury Schools & Business Collaborative

The experience will truly enrich my teaching and my life; it has left me wanting to learn more, listen more…I was able to reflect on and rethink long held beliefs, voice fears and insecurities, and hear from men and women I would otherwise not have an opportunity connect with. The facilitators were very skilled at digging deep, making sense of challenging, intense, raw moments, and giving it meaning – even the scary stuff.

Michele Gordon
Instructor, Early Childhood Education
Cuesta Community College

This training has opened my heart and mind in a way that has helped me to communicate better with everyone around me, including my husband, friends, colleagues and strangers.  Thank you!

Robyn Scarth
School for International Training

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job as our keynote speaker. . .you really had a firm grasp on whom your audience was and you did a fantastic job at directing your comments to teaching professionals.

We have already received a lot of positive feedback regarding your lecture. People found you inspiring and engaging.

We greatly appreciate what you are doing to advance the causes of equality and understanding. You no doubt made a great impact on all who attended.

Global Majority Retreat Committee
Connecticut State University System

“Your inspirational keynote remarks and involvement served as an important contribution to the overall success of the conference. The feedback from your presentation was very positive and provided an invaluable service to our department, college, university, and the broader Sacramento community. ”


Maggie Beddow & Forrest Davis
Co-Chairs, Multicultural Education Conference
California State University, Sacramento

Your keynote presentation was the highlight of our seminar and generated enthusiastic comments from our participants. The evaluations indicated that the event was a huge success!   Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us. Your involvement was instrumental in making the seminar beneficial to the participants

Dr. Katherine D. Perez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies, School of Education
St. Mary’s College of California

Although I had watched your film The Color of Fear a couple years ago, I was not sure what to expect from you as a keynote speaker. From the moment you started speaking I was intrigued. Unlike a lot of other speakers who merely speak, you captivated the audience and made us think about who we were, what we were doing, and if we were really ready to embrace a multicultural attitude.

 I wish we could continue with this type of forum as it is so important for our learning and personal growth.

Christina Ditzel
Carondelet High School

StirFry offers an opportunity through their dynamic presentation to assist staff to examine assumptions, to learn new perspectives and to truly support and value diversity. . . As educators, we need to continually reshape and reexamine our world so that all of our students can come to the table to talk about issues that affect their lives.

I highly recommend StirFry Seminars & Consulting.  The presenters are well qualified and professional. They discuss the needs of your participants and pattern the presentation to meet those needs.

Rebecca Frame
Director, Student Services & Curriculum
Tracy Unified School District

The interactive process the participants were involved in was an opportunity not offered in our past conferences.

This session proved to be invaluable in meeting the seminar goals and objectives identified. We surpassed my wildest dreams. Thank you for your wisdom, commitment, passion, and skill in making the student’s voice the highlight of the conference, and for allowing us to share your talents with our conference participants and the children. Your presence made this year’s conference an unforgettable event.

Loraine O. Brown
Conference Chairperson, Intergroup Relations Office
California Department of Education

I left the session regarding you (Lee Mun Wah) as I would a healer. Through you others gained strength, confidence and persona. Your individual strength comes from your deep understanding of sorrow and happiness. Your insight into each remark and the innuendos of word meanings and body language is something most have never experienced.

Patrick Chang
Dean of Students,
Middlebrook School, Wilton, CT

During and after your presentation, I found myself truly challenged on how I see myself and the world around me. Rarely does a presentation have such an impact on so many lives.

Mike Enriques
Programming Co-Chair, AIMHO
New Mexico State University

On behalf of the Student Life Diversity Committee at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, I would like to highly recommend the diversity training opportunities given to us by StirFry Seminars and Lee Mun Wah. Lee Mun Wah came to our campus and tailored a two-day program to our specific needs in a session where we enhanced our skills as diversity trainers. Some of the reactions to our workshop are encompassed in the following quotes from participants:

“There is so much that I valued about this workshop – I learned so much about myself and my personal facilitation style, was able to take risks in a controlled and safe environment, and more importantly was given the chance to tackle my issues with racism head on.”

“I felt the workshop, and Mun Wah, were very genuine.”

“The training really pushed us to examine ourselves, thought processes, and being observant of others.”

Leslie Wallenfeldt
Residential Life Coordinator, Campus Housing
University of Nevada Las Vegas

The University of Utah has benefited immeasurably from working with Lee Mun Wah and StirFry Seminars.

In a time when we are experiencing attacks on being inclusive in our organizations throughout the country, and when issues of campus climate can have profound impacts on any      individual’s transition to a predominantly white campus, the workshops of Lee Mun Wah and StirFry Seminars have provided the tools for us to increase awareness on our campus and provide forums for people to genuinely listen to one another.

Leo Leckie
Assistant to the Assoc. V.P. for Diversity,
University of Utah

Selected Clients

  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Bringham Young University
  • California Department of Education
  • California State University, Northridge & Sacramento
  • Central Michigan University
  • Colby College
  • Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Missouri
  • Duke University
  • Georgia State University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Golden Gate University
  • Harvard University
  • Heidelberg College
  • John F. Kennedy University
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Lake Tahoe Community College
  • Michigan State University
  • Monterey School District
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Oakland School District
  • Pomona College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rancho Cotati High School
  • San Francisco & Sonoma State Universities
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Texas A & M
  • University of Alberta-Canada
  • University of California, Davis & Irvine
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Nevada at Reno
  • University of Pittsburg School of Medicine
  • University of Utah
  • Yale University

Booking an Event: Common Questions

1. What kinds of programs do you offer? Which would you recommend?

We have a variety of diversity programs as well as those that we customize to meet your needs.

Our most popular workshops are our Film Presentations. Each of these is quite stimulating and educational. We encourage you, however, to also plan for follow-up seminars/trainings to allow for continued dialogue and sharing. Also, if you have any facilitators, managers, or administrators that would like to enhance or practice their communication/diversity skills, this is a great opportunity for your staff to take our Intensive Training Programs dealing with diversity conflicts and issues.

We have a catalogue of all our seminars and trainings; if interested, please ask the Director of Seminars to send you one.


2. We’ve never done a diversity event before, where do we begin?

Most companies have not participated in our type of workshops, so you have company. We customize our workshops to begin at the level of your agency and employees. We will never sell you any programs that you don’t need or want.

Our Director of Seminars will walk you through each step. We also have a checklist, audience assessment, and publicity materials that will help you have a successful diversity experience.

Our Trainers have countless exercises to meet the changing needs of each agency and audience. We have a diverse pool of trainers that represent a cross section of issues and ethnic groups.

In addition, our Director of Seminars will guide you through the contractual, travel, and technical supports that will be needed. The Director, Lee Mun Wah, and our other facilitators are available to answer any of your questions both before and after the event.


3. We don’t have much money, how can we afford you?

This is a very common concern amongst many companies that have a limited budget. StirFry Seminars makes every attempt to customize our workshops and trainings to meet the budgetary concerns and limitations of our clients.  We are very receptive to working with you and your agency to be sure that our product and services are available and accessible to everyone.

What we recommend is perhaps combining a seminar or training with other agencies so you can share expenses and planning. If you look on our website’s Calendar page, you can synchronize your schedule to coincide with the dates in which we are scheduled to be in your area to save on transportation and accommodation costs. In addition, when we present a workshop and/or training, we offer a 50% discount on all of our films and products.

We try very hard at StirFry Seminars to work within your budget and to help customize the exact kind of workshop that will meet your budgetary needs and restraints. We strongly encourage you to call our Berkeley office if you are financially restrained in purchasing our films, products, and workshops.


4. How can our agency get additional training after a film presentation?

We also often recommend our Trainer of Trainers series, which teaches trainers and potential facilitators the skills that they will need to lead groups, mediate conflicts, and help others with basic skills such as listening and responsive techniques for effective communication.

If you have just completed a workshop on racism using The Color of Fear, then we recommend our film on sexism, Last Chance for Eden – Part 2Last Chance for Eden – Part 1 (on racism) is also an excellent follow-up after The Color of Fear because it includes men and women talking together about racism and sexism.

Our Film Guides (available to supplement Last Chance for Eden 1 and Color of Fear 1) are available through our Film Department. The Film Guides provide process questions that coincide with particular scenes in our films. These questions help stimulate group discussions and are framed within a broader cultural perspective. The process questions and exercises were written by Lee Mun Wah and a team of diversity trainers.

The StirFry Seminars Seminar Catalog is also available, and lists all of our seminars and types of trainings, in addition to descriptions of our Berkeley, California, workshops and trainings on Unlearning Racism, Unlearning Sexism, Film Facilitation, and Mindful Facilitation.


5. Do you work with young people? How young?

We have facilitators that specifically work with youth on diversity issues. We also find that high school students are quite prepared to sit through our films and feel engaged. The Color of Fear 2: Walking Each Other Home, was created for high school students. The pace is faster and the dialogue is enhanced with more contemporary music. It is also a shorter than the original film – about 50 minutes in length.

6. Do you teach actual skills?

We believe that teaching skills to our audiences is essential to practicing diversity work. We teach participants ways of listening, responding and noticing what is spoken and what is not. Throughout the seminar we point out different communication techniques and ask the audience to practice them throughout the session. In that way, when the participants finish our seminars, they have a vast array of skills that will apply to their particular work and employee environments. We also provide our popular “Nine Healthy Ways to Communicate” cards to all the participants upon request.

Lee Mun Wah has written countless manuals on communication and facilitation techniques. One of his most famous writings is “The Art of Listening”. StirFry Seminars offers trainings on facilitation and film techniques as well as a 3-Day Intensive Trainings Program for Managers, Facilitators, and Trainers.


7. Which film do we use? How are they different?

Each of our films is appropriate for learning about diversity issues and provides different insights and unique cultural and social perspectives.

Stolen Ground offers audiences insight into the experiences and perceptions of Asian Americans. It demystifies the “model minority” stereotypes and replaces it with a more realistic and personal cultural portrayal. People of all ethnicities find Stolen Ground illuminating because of the remarkable similarities to their own racial experiences.

The Color of Fear is the most well known of our films. It is an intimate portrayal of what many people of color go through on a daily basis. It is confrontational, intimate and contains extremely honest dialogue. This film provides great stimulus for audience discussion. For many EuroAmericans, this film is their Racism 101 course. For many people of color this film is a perfect opening to talk about their personal experiences and the effect that racism has had on their families and communities.

The Color of Fear 2: Walking Each Other Home is the sequel. It helps answer the questions about how the men responded emotionally to each other, as well as what EuroAmericans in general can do to in their struggle against racism. The format was adapted for high school students. It moves at a faster pace and has more music to keep the energy flowing. It is a good primer for those unaccustomed to talking about racism.

The Color of Fear 3: Four Little Beds features eight men from the original cast talking frankly about the painful struggle of growing up gay in a heterosexually oriented society. In addition, a ten year retrospect is included with Roberto Almanzan and David Lee talking about gay marriages and other issues that are facing our communities, as we struggle to deal with this extremely important and relevant issue.

Last Chance for Eden Part 1, is about nine men and women talking about racism in two weekend sessions. What makes this film different from our previous films, is the inclusion of women, more examples of facilitation interventions, video diaries from each participant, withhold sessions, and a question & answer period between whites and people of color that is revealing and deeply moving.

Last Chance for Eden Part 2 is an illuminating and educational film, which describes issues of sexism in intimate, family, workplace, and societal contexts. This is a must-see film for men and women both; for women who doubt the validity of their feelings and responses to their treatment by and experiences with men; and for men regarding their issues of control and the acceptability of emotional expression.

Last Chance for Eden Part 3: For those of you who have viewed Last Chance for Eden Parts 1 & 2, this film is a perfect follow-up to the whole series. It is focused on the biographies of each of the cast members – as they struggled to understand what had happened to them in their families and eventually, their journey towards finding a healthy life as an adult.


8. Which session should we choose: the Four or the Seven Hour Workshop?

The Four Hour Seminar is useful for those agencies that have a limited time schedule. The Four Hour Seminar includes the showing of one of the above films, time for dyad discussions, and a group processing time. What the Seven Hour Seminar offers is more time for questions, answesr, team building exercises, the closing circle, and next steps declarations. Our experience has been that the Seven Hour session is more effective and allows the most time for debriefing and dealing with underlying issues. Also, the Seven Hour session allows for adequate facilitation of any conflicts that might arise. 

Process Questions

9. What if someone gets upset?

We believe that getting upset about discrimination is not only healthy, but also important for healing and understanding. Our trainers are experienced in dealing with a wide range of emotions such as anger, hurt, grief, and shame.

We work with audiences not only to hear the pain and struggles of those who have experienced being discrimination, but also to listen and respond to such pain. It is our belief that conflict is a natural and inevitable part of any intimate relationship.

To build healthy relationships, we need to work though, and not avoid, conflict and power issues. The question is not whether it will happen, but rather if we are willing to stay in the room and come to a place where we can understand and accept each other’s differences.

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10. Why do we just talk about racism or sexism? Aren’t there a whole lot of other isms?

Yes, there certainly are. We have identified these two issues, as well as many others. The reason we focus on these two is because they are often the most pervasive issues dividing the country and in the workplace. Many times when we don’t want to talk about racism, we switch over to sexism. When we don’t want to talk about sexism, we switch over to racism or any other ism. Our company tries to focus on one ism at a time so that a consistent dialogue can take place and questions can be asked and answered by those who are victimized by that particular issue.

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11. What do you do with those participants who are in denial?

Denial often has a lot to do with fear. In our workshops we create an environment where participants can develop authentic and trusting relationships with each other. Someone once said, “The truth is always there, saying it out loud – that’s the hard part.”

We work to to dispel the myth that silence and avoidance make for safer work environments. On the contrary, they usually promote fear and are often the roots for many lawsuits and EEO complaints.

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12. Our members are pretty conservative and sheltered. How do you reach them?

Our exercises are designed to allow participants to feel safe, yet intimate enough to have an authentic and honest dialogue. Safety is created by being more open and working through our differences and fears. The lack of safety comes when we are unwilling to listen. Issues of difference do not go away because we stay quiet. They dissipate and are resolved when we are willing stay in the room and to listen to each other.

One of the ways we stimulate meaningful and personal conversation is by having the participants engage in dyad and small discussion groups. We also teach the basics in communication, rather than have participants debate and compete over the “rightness” of each other’s opinions.

Another method is letting people talk about their resistances. Letting them vent about past workshops and the effect it had on them. Someone once said that the best way to tame a wild bull is to let it have a wider field. Interesting and effective. The more we resist, the greater the resistance. The more we listen, the greater possibilities for an open dialogue in which learning and change can take place.

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13. We’ve heard that your workshops are merely white-bashing sessions. Is this true?

No one is the founder of racism or sexism. What we are responsible for is the cure: looking at ourselves and our own stereotypes. We often feel that racism and sexism are not about hate, but rather about fear. Lee Mun Wah often says, “I am a recovering racist and sexist. That doesn’t mean that I’m a horrible person; what it does mean is that I’ve been acculturated since I was very young to see particular groups in stereotypical ways. My work is to realize how that permeates how I see others and how I treat them on a daily basis both at work, in my community, and in my relationships.” What pertains to all of us is that we may not directly engage in racist or sexist behaviors, but we may still indirectly benefit from the oppression of others.

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14. What if participants get too emotional? How do you achieve closure?

Too often we assume because someone is emotional, that they are out of control. Showing emotion is a natural and healthy part of all relationships. When we allow people to share their personal stories and experiences, what we find is that they feel relieved. Not necessarily because a solution has been found, but because they can finally share with someone who believes them and is open to understanding what they have gone through. That is the secret of closure, starting from the beginning – acknowledging what they have experienced and the effect that it has had on them. Through believing them and supporting their reality and needs, the journey towards closure begins. If we are ever going to heal from racism and sexism and all the other isms, we need to be willing to hear the stories- all the stories, however hard, because they, too, are a part of the healing and learning.

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15. What if someone doesn’t want to talk?

Quite often, people don’t want to talk in front of a large group, but will do so with one other person. That is why we have the audience break up into dyads (groups of 2) by choosing someone who is different from themselves. That way they can have the privacy and the attention of one other person who they don’t know and of their own choosing.

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Logistical Questions

16. Why do we have to show a film? Doesn’t it take up most of the time?

The film is used as a stimulus for participants to relive some of their past experiences. This enables them to recount what happened to them and the effect that it had on who they are today. For a meaningful dialogue to take place about a traumatic experience, a context of their experience(s) needs to take place. We often call this a “return to the scene of the crime.”

Our films are usually less than two hours long, which leaves sufficient time for personal stories and other interactive exercises. Our seven hour workshop is often recommended because it allows for more group process time, alliance groups, and question/answer exercises.

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17. Who should be there at this workshop?

That is a very good question. Each agency has their reasons for making it voluntary or mandatory, staff or administration, students, teachers and/or administration. The decision should consider issues of safety, confidentiality, fear of reprisals, etc.

If we are too cautious, the people that need to be there will be conspicuously absent. Diversity issues are never easy to talk about; however, being too comfortable often means very little change because there is no sense of a crisis. Being uncomfortable is a part of growing; it can also be used as a stimulus for change.

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18. Can we have two facilitators?

We recommend two facilitators for audiences of 50 or more. Generally, a pair that mirrors the audiences’ representation is best. We also recommend having a gender balance whenever possible. In the case of Last Chance for Eden, a gender balance would best mirror the film’s participants and issues.

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19. What is too large a group?

When deciding how large a group, an agency should consider the size of the room, how many can stay for the entire session, and the type of seminar. For our Four Hour Film & Discussion Seminar we have had as many 2,000. Having such a large group does limit the level intimacy and time for more sharing and skill building. On the other hand, our Seven Hour Film & Discussion Seminar provides more time for alliance groups and group exercises. Two Facilitators are recommended if the Seven Hour Seminar is a larger group. This allows for adequate facilitating and observation of the audience’s needs.

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20. Do your Four or Seven hour workshops include time for meals?

Our Four Hour Film & Discussion workshop has a 10-15 minute break, which is built into the 4 hours. Our Seven Hour Film & Discussion usually has two 10 minute breaks and a 30-60 minute lunch/dinner break, which can be included or exclusive to the workshop time. We leave this option open depending on the needs of the Facilitators and schedule limitations of the agency.

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21. Is there anything we can do to prep our folks for your workshops?

Generally, participants want to know who the Facilitators are, who else have they worked for, and what were their reactions. Our website can answer many of these questions. Our Seminar Coordinator can provide letters of recommendation from our former clients upon request.

22. Can we use some of our people to help in the workshops?

Our Facilitators are highly trained using our Mindful Facilitation techniques. For this reason, we seldom used an agency’s trainers, except for small group discussions where a Facilitator might be needed. We offer trainings for Facilitators at our Berkeley, California, Training Center. Look on the StirFry Seminars Calendar on our website for available training dates. We offer trainings and workshops every month. We also provide trainings at your site upon request.

23. Do you need breakout rooms?

Most of the time breakout rooms are not needed. However, in our Unlearning Racism & Unlearning Sexism seminars, breakout rooms would be more conducive to small group discussions.

24. Why do you need microphones?

We use microphones so that participants who are softer-spoken or emotional can speak with their normal voice, rather than having to speak louder for the sake of the audience. We do this so participants can feel more comfortable and maintain their level of intimacy. We also prefer cordless microphones so that we can move freely throughout the audience.


25. Can we get a discount on the films and diversity products if we have a seminar?

Yes. We have a Seminar Discount of 50% on all our films and diversity products, good for 2 weeks after the seminar/training has taken place.


Trainer Questions

26. Do you have other trainers?

We have a diverse group of trainers representing many ethnic backgrounds, as well as a balance of men and women who often facilitate together. Many of our trainers are also therapists. Some have many years of diversity training experience in a variety of work settings from corporate, educational and governmental, to social, non-profit and religious settings. On the “About Us” page of our website is a listing of the names, professional, and educational backgrounds of our trainers.

27. Do you have trainers that will understand the special needs of our agency?

Our trainers are often assigned according to their specific fields of expertise. Each is trained to customize our programs to meet the needs and budget of each client.

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