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Welcome On Board!

Please keep an eye on your email for full instructions on how to join your cohort.

What happens now?

Your dedicated support facilitator will be in touch with you personally over email within the next 48 hours to provide you with:

1) the link to the zoom room where the classes will be held and 2) an invitation to the Slack workspace and channel where you will interact with the other students and the instructor.

There is no formal preparation required from you for the class. So you do not need to do anything until the class starts.

However, if you are keen to begin learning and preparing, we recommend registering (if you haven't already) at the OICD Institute and working through any of the many reading materials, external resources, quizzes and other activities and collaborative sessions hosted there. The Institute also offers a Slack community where you can meet and interact with other members before the course begins.

We look forward to meeting you in the class!

The Course Syllabus & Benefits

Session One

In the first part of the course we explore how identities help to fulfill human needs such as the need to feel connected to each other, free from fear and valid in the world. Through team exercises, we will examine the relationship between violence, hatred and identity.

Session Two

In the second interactive session, participants will learn some key ways to become better observers and interpreters of identity. We will learn techniques to help unpack the deeper meaning of behaviour and discourse and use roleplay to investigate how identities are produced to suit certain contexts.

Session Three

Putting what we have learnt into practice, the final session will concentrate on understanding how to build strategies and interventions to make some real world change. Concentrating on maximising effectiveness and ethnical standards we will explore the many options available to a variety of professions and sectors.

Full Course Features and Benefits

Here's a break-down of the full features of the OICD instructor-led course.

  • Nine hours of online tuition with an OICD expert, facilitator, and a small group of like-minded participants
  • 12 Guided and interactive modules (4 per session) covering a wide range of content with case studies
  • A slack group to discuss class themes outside of the instructor learning hours
  • A variety of activities and exercises, including role-play, group work and mini-lectures
  • A certificate of completion issued by the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD)
  • Access to supporting course materials
  • A foundation level competency in understanding and combating identity-based divisions
  • Priority access to OICD professional education and project services upon completion

How does it work?

One three hour session per week for three weeks, Online

The course is conducted online with all sessions led by a qualified expert OICD instructor and facilitator. Over three weekly sessions of three hours per session, the class will explore the topics through small-group discussion, roleplay, problem-solving exercises, multimedia content and mini-lectures. Upon enrollment, you will be sent a welcome email with the links to the video conference location and Slack workspace. You will be sent a reminder email prior to the start of the course cohort. The course operates on a first-come-first-served basis until full. There are no formal requirements for entry other than an enthusiasm for the topics, and a desire to learn and participate in the learning process. Refunds for course enrollments are possible up to two weeks prior to the start of your cohort class.

Identity is a core issue for peacebuilding work, but also a very complex one. What I found interesting and relevant about the OICD's approach is the way it combines a high level conceptual model with practical application.

Phil Vernon, former Director of Programmes
Phil Vernon, former Director of Programmes International Alert, London, UK (2004-2017)

With an interest in conflict prevention and resolution, I was looking for an opportunity to apply my academic knowledge to real-world projects. The interdisciplinary approach and unique methodology of conflict management that OICD applies is unparalleled.

Dr. Aliya Tskhay, Research Associate
Dr. Aliya Tskhay, Research Associate University of St. Andrews