Reviews

Comments and reviews:

  • I enjoyed the symbolopoly activity- very educational.
  • I learned a ton of new religious symbols.
  • Very informative course. I really learned something new.
  • Super informative!
  • A fantastic conversation.
  • Love is not enough. We need education and empathy to make the world a better place. Very outstanding workshop.
  • This workshop opened my mind and decreased bias and stigma.
  • This session made me aware of the potentially negative connotations of the word “tolerance.”
  • This was a great overview conversation on Humanism.
  • Thank you so much for the insight!
  • This workshop makes you think. Don’t make assumptions!
  • I was surprised to learn the extent of secular UCF students.
  • I learned about the various resources on campus.
  • Thank you for this workshop. It really opened my eyes to the need for more focus on religious tolerance and inclusion in all environments.
  • I enjoyed the group discussions. I think they were constructive.
  • Very interactive discussion.
  • This workshop gave me a better perspective on how our actions may exclude others in group settings.
  • I learned about the resources available to secular people.
  • The different games were unique. Loved them! The videos were also very informative.
  • There are even more faith and nonfaith perspectives than I thought!
  • Great workshop- made me more aware.
  • I enjoyed learning about the different viewpoints and how I can make others feel more included.
  • The workshop reinforced how I can better engage in conversations about religious and non-religious topics.
  • It broadened my perspective with specific action plans.
  • It was very informative and may educate those who had no idea about religious minorities and couldn’t separate fact from fiction about these groups.
  • I was really happy to learn that there are resources and places people could go to if they needed it.
  • I liked that I learned about the many minorities and ways to be inclusive and help if needed.
  • I liked best that this workshop discussed challenging info and included religion as a diversity factor!
  • This was a topic I didn’t know much about so all info was informative.
  • I liked best seeing all of the different religions
  • Nice opening with video- setting the tone
  • I learned about stereotypes / myths that I wasn’t aware of.
  • I can make a difference in reducing discrimination by speaking out.  Don’t let people assume it’s okay to be discriminatory just because no one says anything.
  • I enjoyed the interaction
  • The data was very informative
  • Loved it! Open, welcoming, and open dialogue was encouraged.
  • Great content
  • Gave me a broader view of the topic
  • I liked participating in the activities and hearing others perspectives.
  • I realized the great variety of faith and non-faith people and the variety of organizations in the community.
  • I liked the explanation of different faiths and symbols
  • Very informative – thank you
  • Symbolopoly!
  • Useful statistics!
  • I enjoyed feeling like a minority.
  • I didn’t expect to be represented as a secular individual, but I was pleasantly surprised.
  • I enjoyed recognizing my own biases and identifying ways to combat that.
  • The training represented many different viewpoints.
  • My favorite part in this event was the video in the beginning.  It made me feel something, also encourages and inspires me to be kind to everyone.
  • Great activities and use of humor
  • It was great! I had no idea there were so many various labels/identities.
  • It was fun and informative, and we could speak and ask questions.
  • Thought-provoking activities and opportunity to provide examples.
  • I learned that I need to educate myself more.
  • The best part was the interactive activities – learning symbols and the definitions of secular terminology
  • I liked meeting new people, making new connections, and learning new information.
  • I would like to see a panel of differing faiths and non-faiths.
  • The thing I liked best about today’s workshop was that it was a non-judgement zone.
  • Loved it and the presenter is very knowledgeable and open
  • You can make a difference by: Speak up. Be an upstander. Teach inclusivity & model it.
  • I can make a difference by being willing to learn, allowing a person to speak about their faith perspective, and allowing yourself to understand their perspective.
  • The flow was excellent.
  • The most uninformed thing I’ve heard someone say about my perspective is that Atheists have no morals.
  • The thing I liked best is the materials given at the workshop.
  • You can make a difference in reducing discrimination by showing others you are always willing to listen and provide comfort no matter the issue.  Show you will not judge and be accepting of anyone.
  • Something new I learned was what some different religious symbols mean.
  • I personally would like more handouts with information.
  • The best part was the symbol activity.
  • The best part was the group participation.
  • Something new I learned was the different campus resources.
  • So informative!
  • The thing I liked best about the workshop was the communication.
  • I thought it was very important that you mentioned that outward displays of faith do not necessarily mean the person displaying them believes in that faith.
  • Listen before you judge.
  • The thing I liked best about the workshop was Symbolopoly, and hearing all perspectives and learning new perspectives.
  • Find a bigger room to allow more people to attend.
  • More opportunity for small group discussion needed.
  • Something new I learned is the gnostic / agnostic / theist / atheist scale and secular terms.
  • The workshop was too big. Smaller classes have better discussion.
  • The most uninformed thing someone said about my perspective is “Oh, you’re Catholic. Would you like to come to my church to see the difference?”
  • I liked learning about the resources for non-faith persons as I am one myself.
  • Will this workshop lead to a compulsory course for all freshmen at UCF?
  • Great, open, honest discussions. Great facilitation.
  • The most uninformed thing someone has said about my faith perspective is that I’m going to hell since I chose to have black friends.
  • It was great.  I wish there was more material.
  • Think about extending this training to high schools and middle schools.
  • Requiring faith perspective acceptance in all areas at UCF needs to be promoted and advertised at UCF.
  • Knowledgeable speaker was able to lead in a non-biased way.
  • The discussion was open and calm.  I liked that.
  • Certainly provoked to be more thoughtful about faith minorities versus majorities.
  • Thanks for doing this!
  • Thank you for answering so many of my questions.
  • More people should attend this workshop with a variety of opinions, including more people from the majority.
  • I loved the friendly environment and the activities.
  • So many names and so many beliefs!
  • We can make a difference by promoting acceptance and educating all.
  • I thought the charts were amazing.
  • Something new i leaned is 63% of faculty / staff think UCF is exclusive to faith/non-faith groups.
  • I learned about the Atheist Church.  I also learned that there is discriminations to secular and religions at the workforce.
  • The most uninformed thing I’ve hear someone say about my faith perspective is “Christians are idiots” in a history of the Earth geology class.
  • Thank you for this helpful workshop.
  • I learned that Atheists are really disliked in America.
  • I enjoyed the games, but felt uncomfortable with the perceptions (though it may have been the point)
  • The majority is ignorant and has no idea what it feels like to be marginalized.  I hope they learned something but I don’t think this was enough. It’s a great start on a taboo topic but a part 2 would be awesome.
  • (the facilitator) did a very good job, kept us going w/ good and just right amounts of table discussion and great power points! 🙂 Thanks!
  • I liked the Symbolopoly.
  • I learned that there are a lot of secular groups.
  • This workshop was a beneficial, well-rounded get-together.  I definitely learned quite a bit which in turn, made me a better individual.
  • I learned that there is nothing wrong with who or what you believe in.
  • Loved the candy – something savory/salty is always good too.  🙂 It was an unexpected little treat.
  • (You can improve the workshop by) longer discussion time.
  • Allow more time for group discussion at the tables
  • (the most uninformed thing someone has said about my faith perspective is) that because of my faith perspective I hate gays/lesbians.
  • The conversations were respectful.
  • (I feel empowered to make a difference in reducing discrimination) – Yes – good suggestions – practical.
  • As an ambassador of the anti-defamation league, i have always been a promoter of reducing discrimination.  After this workshop, I feel motivated to make an even bigger difference.
  • Even though I am part of the “majority” culture, I often feel discriminated against.  I’ve gone to several classes in which professors feel free to attack Christianity.  It seems Christians seem to be an easy and acceptable target for ridicule).  I appreciate your saying this group at UCF doesn’t want to just include secularists but other religious perspectives.
  • This is a tough topic – always feel like I have to tread lightly. Not sure how to improve it, but I think I need to find a support group.
  • Great Workshop!
  • The discussion between people who attended was interesting.
  • Enjoyed learning about more of the secular groups and the Symbolopoly activity.
  • It is a shame we have to have “allies” programs for people to treat each other with respect.
  • Come up with a part two of this workshop that goes more into details of the different groups and sharing experiences.
  • Really learned a lot. Could be a little longer.
  • Great discussions, thank you!!
  • I learned that even those who are part of the majority can feel like a minority in certain spaces/situations.
  • I sort of felt as though I’ve already been an SSZ Ally. I always make an effort to be open & non-judgmental about others’ beliefs.
  • Thank you for being approachable and bringing this conversation to us. It was concise, specific, honest & well organized. There is a 50/50 on whether or not UCF is fully inclusive yet.
  • I can make a difference by always standing up for someone who needs it, respecting their perspectives, and offering a support system whenever possible.
  • I learned a lot about my own perspective in this workshop.
  • I think the workshop was very informative. It may be helpful for discussion if a video was shown of an example of secular or minority religious discrimination. I think it would encourage participants to speak up more and get more involved in the discussion. The workshop was great!
  • Learning about the diversity of non-majority religions / faiths was enlightening.
  • Yes, I feel empowered to reduce discrimination. Excellent presentation!!
  • Great job. It helped me to understand the meaning of the terms and the number of the secular community.
  • I learned that I judge negatively those of certain faith.
  • I wish it were longer so we could evaluate some more of the privileged assumptions that occur on campus. Can be hard to identify individually. More than empathy is needed to change institution discrimination.
  • I learned about the vast symbolism of religion or secular.
  • Was a good overview – would like a little more detail.
  • Make this longer to allot for more discussion and info. Allow more group discussions among those sitting at tables together.
  • It was good. I think we can benefit from more time because this just scratched the surface.
  • Good job. Perhaps more on religious minorities.
  • I learned the differences between agnostic, atheist, secular, etc. Definitions.
  • The statistics are great!
  • It is important to create an environment where everyone can share openly who they are.
  • I really enjoyed hearing about the different studies and statistics. Very surprising.
  • Thank you for offering this workshop. The more information we have perhaps the more accepting we can (& will) be.
  • I like what you have done with this.
  • I learned about different perspectives; “flying spaghetti monster” was particularly interesting.
  • The “Symbolopoly” exercise was fun and informative. Maybe do 5 per table instead since it looked like many people could define quite a few. I think this exercise was a fun way to learn about new / different religions and symbols, as well as learn about other people in the group and how they learned about a particular religion or symbol. Great job!
  • I learned what secular means and that there are secular groups on campus.
  • The Sunday Assembly is something I think I might look into more.
  • I still need more training.
  • It is important to learn about other individuals.
  • Thank you for a great class!  It is about time that someone began looking back out our founding ideas as a country and a nation, as we truly are a “melting pot’!
  • I like the way everyone was welcome and felt OK to speak their mind.
  • I was hoping to learn a little more about the diversities that we are likely to encounter here at UCF.
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