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Diversity Training at Vanderbilt University Employs ‘Feelings Wheel’

Diversity Training at Vanderbilt University Employs ‘Feelings Wheel’

“Start with one of the seven core emotions and then work your way out to dig deeper into its derivatives.”

Diversity is now the unofficial, secular religion of higher education.

Campus Reform reports:

Vanderbilt uses ‘Feelings Wheel’ for diversity training

Vanderbilt University is asking its diversity training participants to journal their emotions using a “Feelings Wheel” as a reference.

The exercise occurs on Day 1 of Vanderbilt’s 10-day training program.

Users are told, “Start with one of the seven core emotions and then work your way out to dig deeper into its derivatives. Or identify a higher-level feeling and track it back to the core emotion.”

The seven core emotions are “happy,” “sad,” “disgusted,” “angry,” “surprised,” “bad,” and “fearful.” Those then branch out to two additional rims for a total of 130 feelings, which include “awful,” “cheeky,” and “confused.”

Vanderbilt also provides a PDF titled “Mentoring with Culture in Mind,” which contains an excerpt from Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”

Campus Reform previously reported on Robin DiAngelo getting paid significantly more for a speaking engagement than a Black speaker at the same university.

The website also includes a university statement stating, “Vanderbilt is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and care where every community member feels supported and experiences a strong sense of belonging.”

“As part of this commitment, university leaders are actively working to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias, along with implementing new educational opportunities for community members to meaningfully engage with this issue,” the statement continues.


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I’m old enough to remember Feelings Wheel.
“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…”
Actually, I don’t have a wheel… just a knife switch, and it’s spot-welded on “cynical.”

The Friendly Grizzly | August 25, 2021 at 8:03 am

A ‘feelings wheel’. In college. A feelings wheel sounds like something out of a morning TV kiddie show.

Neither DiAngelo or whomever the Black anti racist person was should have been paid a dime. But I do love the irony!

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