Professional Development 2018 - 2019


Connecting With Others - Reaching Performance Potential Through Inclusion (Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI)

Instead of just introducing new concepts, this course focuses on specific competencies which create sustainable culture change around inclusion and diversity. The class goes beyond awareness and looks at five strategic skills which are necessary to connect with a wider scope of individuals - causing a marked improvement in employee engagement, customer satisfaction and overall performance. The five disconnects and the corresponding competencies include:

  • Disconnect: Flocking- gravitating toward those with similar interests. Competency: Networking- expanding our circle with those who are different.
  • Disconnect: Cultural Naivete- causing offense without intending to. Competency: Sensitivity- awareness of our interactions.
  • Disconnect: Monoculturalism - expecting conformity to a single approach. Competency: Calibration- adjusting for differences and altering our approach.
  • Disconnect: Pejorative Behavior- showing or tolerating overt disrespect. Competency: Advocacy- taking a stand and addressing inappropriate behavior.
  • Disconnect: Unconscious Filtering- making assumptions based on stereotypes. Competency: Positive Expectancy- assuming the best of others and acting on it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Repairing Disconnects -A three-step process for addressing a disconnect is presented which involves: taking initiative, exploring the issues and creating cooperation to repair the problem.
  • Improving Connections -participants are asked to work together to analyze situations where they could afford to connect better with someone else. Each person creates a brief action plan that enumerates ways they can strengthen their connections.
  • Application -participants formulate specific action plans to ensure that the five competencies are put into practice in reference to employee and customer relations. (Supervisors/Managers)


  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 |  9:00 - 3:30 pm

ADA On Campus: Reasonable Accommodations and Improving Access 

(Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI, Cassandra Jones, Director, Disability Services & Jim Hartman, Business Partner, HR)

To retain today's students and employees with disabilities, proactive institutions are reframing their institutional philosophy to view disability as a part of individuals' diverse identities. Removing administrative hurdles, so multiple offices provide access to reasonable accommodations is crucial to increasing diversity and satisfaction, benefiting the whole campus community. (ALL)

Learning Objectives

  • Explore best practices related to access and accommodations
  • Determine your campus' allocation of responsibilities.
  • Understand students' privacy and right to disclose their disabilities - or not.
  • Use case studies to explore possible ADA scenarios and build practical, hands-on decision-making skills - and avoid mistakes when real cases present themselves. 

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 |  9:00 - 12:00 pm

Defeating Unconscious Bias- Five Strategies (Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI)

Unconscious bias is in the news. From Silicon Valley to Wall St. to Main St., the impact of implicit bias is real and damaging to the workplace. Bias gets in the way of making good decisions in hiring and promoting. It also has a big impact on your employees and workplace in general. The vignettes illustrate how unconscious bias affects hiring, promoting and the functioning of a team and then demonstrates action steps to counter your personal bias. (ALL)

Learning Objectives:

  • Become aware of the impact of unconscious biases on themselves, their colleagues, and their workplace.
  • Understand that even unconscious biases can be defeated.
  • Learn how to employ 5 practical strategies to identify and counter their own unconscious biases.
  • Friday, September 28, 2018 |   1:30 -3 :30 pm
  • Monday, April 29, 2019 |  1:30pm - 3:30 pm

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts (Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI)

Staying silent in the face of demeaning comments, stereotypes or bias allows these attitudes and behaviors to thrive. This undermines our ability to create an inclusive workplace where all employees are welcomed, treated with respect and able to do their best work. Yet, most employees and leaders who want to speak up don't know how. So, we say nothing. (ALL)

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, even when casually said.
  • Identify the most common reasons people sit silent in the face of bias and stereotypes.
  • Enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.
  • Monday, June 3, 2019 |  2:00 - 4:00 pm

Safer Zone Training Program (Facilitated by Maria Merrill, Assistant Director of CDI)

Safer Zone is a multi-part training program offered through Xavier’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion that aims to educate campus on advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community by promoting understanding, allyship, and inclusivity of the whole person. Each session is 2 hours/120 minutes and should be taken in the following progression: Foundations, Society, Allyship.

 If you have previously taken a Safer Zone training at Xavier, please contact Maria Merrill to confirm which session you should begin with. 

Safer Zone: Foundations

The purpose of Safer Zone: Foundations is to educate the Xavier community on foundational identities, terms, and experiences related to the LGBTQ+ community. 

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 10:00 - 12:00 pm | Location to be announced
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Location to be announced
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Location to be announced
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm | Location to be announced


Safer Zone: Society

The purpose of Safer Zone: Society is to expand on foundational identities and terms to begin reflecting on our own perceptions of the LGBTQ+ community while identifying negative impacts of systemic systems of oppression.

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Location to be announced
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm | Location to be announced
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm | Location to be announced


Safer Zone: Allyship

The purpose of Safer Zone: Allyship is to create a network of supportive allies and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community across Xavier's campus.

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm | Location to be announced
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm | Location to be announced