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Victor is a facilitation guru…Able to be a voice of reason while continuing to validate participant's perspectives; Victor is a natural guide for difficult discussions among differing opinions. With the flexibility to lead in a variety of group settings, he is sure to lead any team through an educational process with thoughtfulness, methodology, and humor.

Nicolas Daily
Assistant Dean for the Office of Black Student Affairs
Claremont University Consortium

 

Victor took on a unique challenge in agreeing to work with the University of Arizona Office of Admissions. We are a large group, over 100 people, whose roles range from front line recruitment staffs to behind the scenes application processing staff. The group had a variety of formal education around social justice and diversity work, and different understandings of the language of social justice. Victor navigated the complexities of the group with ease, developing a program that not only met, but exceeded our expectations. Staff across the department spoke of how engaged they were in the program, both in the large and small group sessions, and how much they learned. They also spoke to their appreciation for their colleagues who served as facilitators for their work leading the small group conversations. These staff members were trained via an in-depth half day program created by Victor to help assure that meaningful, deep and honest dialogue could occur, an innovation that helped to give his program a deeper reach. We have, and would continue to, recommend Victor for both large and small group trainings.

Rachel A. Beech, Ed.D.
Senior Director International Enrollment Management / Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Admissions
University of Arizona, Office of Admissions


Victor has incredible insight on how to teach concepts of social justice. His ability to engage students and staff from diverse backgrounds in discussions of privilege and oppression are fantastic. His style is very interactive and it creates a safe space where participants can explore issues in a trusting and caring environment.

Gustavo Martinez-Padilla
Elementary Education Program Director
Hawai'i Pacific University

 

Victor’s engaging and thought provoking facilitation style is perfect for organizational change initiative training modules. He is able to objectively guide the group through examination of biases and expectations; resulting in attitudinal changes that secure buy-in and team synergy.

Derron Coles, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant
DRC Learning Solutions


As a delegate at Camp ANYTOWN I was able to participate in several activities led by Victor. I can truthfully say that my eyes have opened to a the world around me. His ability to lead group discussions and workshops allowed me to feel able to make risks and question everything. Victor has given me the tools I need to help fix the holes in the walls of our society.

Sydney Rachael Levin-Epstein
Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen 2011
Camp Anytown Delegate 2011


Victor was invited to lead a training for our Customer Service Desk staff during our fall training in 2010...Diversity training has been a challenge in the past, because the students had a hard time seeing where they fit in with what they were being trained on. Victor took this challenge as an opportunity to make meaningful connections for the staff and build community. After our fall training was finished, I received unsolicited feedback from many of the staff who felt that Victor's training had been the best diversity training they had ever received. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to build community and understanding within their staff groups.

Kathryn Magura
Operations Manager for Assignments and Customer Service
University Housing & Dining Services, Oregon State University

 

Victor’s workshop, “Can We Talk? Having Authentic Conversations About Tough Topics” was engaging and provocative. From the avoiders of authentic dialogue to the seasoned communicators, all of the participants walked away with new skills to think and act in interculturally appropriate ways. His highly interactive workshop gave them the confidence to take risks, make mistakes, practice giving grace, and most importantly,stay in the conversation. Given the chance, our organization would happily invite Victor back to continue this important and timely work.

Diane Davis
Board Member / Coordinator
Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity



Victor sure is someone special isn’t he? He has the unique ability to nurture personal growth while still challenging you to think beyond your own perspective, your own truth, and your own comfort zone. Victor sets the tone of safety and respect right from the get go, and he guides difficult discussions with grace. Victor’s ability to teach people about social justice is admirable, the way he engages students and staff in deep discussions is amazing. If you have the opportunity to participate in any workshop involving Victor, DO IT! I’m proud to know him, blessed to have learned from him, and beyond excited for all of the great things he will do for this world in the future!

“We are all interconnected, so when I change my world I change the world.”
“Ignorance has no place in our hearts when they are full of insight and understanding.”

Becca Ferrelli
Senior ABA Behavioral Therapist
JBA Institute

 

Email me at 
Victor@DiversityTalks.com
for rates and availability.


Working with students at Texas A&M University

Here are some of the organizations I've worked with:

  • Anytown Arizona
  • Camp OUTdoors!
  • City of El Paso: Dept. of Public Health
  • Community Alliance for Diversity
  • DRC Learning Solutions
  • El Paso Community College
  • El Paso Community Foundation
  • El Paso Society of Human Resource Managers (EP-SHRM)
  • International AIDS Empowerment
  • Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity
  • The M Factor
  • Metropolitan Community Church of El Paso
  • National Conference for Community and Justice
  • North Texas Society of Human Resource Managers (NT-SHRM)
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Oregon State University | College Assistance Migrant Program
  • Oregon State University | Intercultural Student Services
  • OUTright Community Center 
  • PFLAG of El Paso
  • PeaceJam Northwest
  • Puentes LGBT Resources
  • Rio Grande Adelante
  • Salem-Keizer School District
  • South Dakota State University
  • Temple University | Fox School of Business
  • Texas A&M University
  • Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso
  • United Service Organization (USO)
  • University of Arizona | Admissions Office
  • US Army Sergeants Major Academy
  • UT El Paso | Office of Residence Life
  • UT El Paso | Professional and Public Programs
  • UT El Paso | Women's & Gender Studies Program
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA
  • YWCA Paso del Norte Region


Diversity Talks | Victor Santana-Melgoza | Ph: (541) 231-4768 | victor@diversitytalks.com