Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Professional Development

Professional Development 2019 - 2020

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:

  1. Disconnect: Flocking- gravitating toward those with similar interests. Competency: Networking- expanding our circle with those who are different.
  2. Disconnect: Cultural Naivete- causing offense without intending to. Competency: Sensitivity- awareness of our interactions.
  3. Disconnect: Monoculturalism - expecting conformity to a single approach. Competency: Calibration- adjusting for differences and altering our approach.
  4. Disconnect: Pejorative Behavior- showing or tolerating overt disrespect. Competency: Advocacy- taking a stand and addressing inappropriate behavior.
  5. 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)

Connecting with Others Flyer

  • February 12, 2019, 9:00 - 4:00 pm, Arrupe Overlook, Gallagher Student Center

Click to Register for Connecting with Others

ADA On Campus: Reasonable Accommodations and Improving Access 

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

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. 

  • December 18, 2019, 2:00 - 4:30 pm, location to be confirmed
  • March 25, 2020, 9:30 - 12:00 pm, Surkamp - CANCELED. (This class will be rescheduled and a new date chosen once everyone is back on campus)

Click to Register for ADA on Campus

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.
  • November 4, 2019, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Surkamp
  • February 6, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm, Surkamp

Click to Register for Defeating Unconscious Bias- Five Strategies

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 and 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 silently in the face of bias and stereotypes.
  • Enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.
  • December 5, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Gallagher Student Center (GSC) Room 330
  • June 4, 2020, 10:00 -12:00 pm, Surkamp - On as scheduled

Click to Register for OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts

Resolving the Heart of Conflict: Developing an Outward Mindset (NEW) 

(Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI)

An outward mindset begins with making more a more conscious effort to see and understand others—their objectives, their needs, their challenges, and their circumstances. An Outward mindset works with every situation, every function, and every organization to stop objectifying others- regardless of titles and functions because it addresses deep fundamental, philosophical issues at the heart of the conflict. It is truly honoring other peoples’ humanity and seeing their differences as assets rather than deficits.

Learning Objectives             

    • Increase self-awareness and deep responsibility for personal mindset and its impact on others and the organization.
    • Learn four tools to overcome a self-focused inward mindset and more consistently work with an others-inclusive outward mindset to improve collaboration.
    • Understand and practically apply the outward mindset concepts for improving relationships at work and at home.

  • January 16, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Arrupe
  • April 15, 2020, 9:00 -11:00 am, ZOOM

Click to register for Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Start Talking: Proactively Engaging Difficult Dialogues in the Workplace (NEW) 

(Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI)

What if you could give your employees the tools to engage more productively in difficult dialogues and increase employee engagement on campus? Based on the internationally recognized field manual, Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, this interactive workshop will offer a host of field-tested strategies for intentionally engaging in tough conversations. The handbook was developed by the Difficult Dialogue National Resource Center whose focus is “to strengthen a democratically engaged society, by advancing innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom.”

  • Do you find it difficult to communicate with the members of your team?
  • Do members of your team easily become emotional and avoid conflict at all costs?
  • Is it difficult to create positive group morale because of issues with territoriality and resentment?
  • Have major projects and deadlines been threatened due to a lack of team cohesion?
  • Has your team’s productivity been undermined by members who move too quickly, too slowly, or not at all?

Learning Objectives 

  • Engage difficult conversations successfully
  • Transform difficult conversations into opportunities for improvement and relationship building
  • Reduce hostility and interpersonal tension by using constructive communication
  • Manage differences effectively and productively

  • February 25, 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 pm, Arrupe Overlook
  • May 21, 2020, 1:30 -3:00 pm, Zoom

Click here to register for Start Talking

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.

* Safer Zone sessions must be taken in the following progression: Foundations, Society, Allyship. If you have previously taken a Safer Zone training at Xavier, please email 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, May 20, 2020 | 10am-2pm

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.

*Safer Zone: Foundations is a prerequisite to this course*
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 10am-2pm
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 10am-2pm

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.

*Safer Zone: Foundations and Safer Zone: Society are prerequisites to this course* 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 10am-2pm
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 10am-2pm 

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion presents


an intimate dialogue program for faculty, staff, and students to discuss topics intersecting and related to racial justice. 

Thursdays at 1:00 - 2:00 pm in Clock Tower

  • August 29            Learning Race
  • September 12      Leading While Black
  • September 26*     American Immigration
  • October 17*         Case for Reparations
  • October 31           Cultural Appropriation
  • November 14       Narrative Power in Black Media

For more information contact Rosalyn Collins at

*Session is in Arrupe Overlook and GSC330

*For more detailed information about each session please read the below descriptions.

Our Fall 2019 Thursday Sessions:
 September 12: Leading while Black in Gallagher, Clock Tower

This roundtable takes place during spirituality week and is a partnership with the Center for Faith and Justice. Our topic will examen the use of spirituality and the actions of Christian pastors to fight for criminal justice and combat sexism and racism in the case of Judge Tracey Hunter.

September 26: American Immigration in Gallagher, 330

This roundtable takes place during Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Month. Our topic will focus on the intersections of racial immigration policies and the current realities of criminalizing the border.

October 17th: Case for Reparations in Gallagher, Arrupe Overlook

This roundtable will be a continued conversation from the USS Conference on the Academy’s Original Sin and an interactive discussion on Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Atlantic article Case for Reparations and his congressional hearing with Mitch McConnell. 

October 31: Cultural Appropriation in Gallagher Clock Tower

This roundtable takes place during Halloween which is a time of the year where cultures are appropriated as costumes. We will discuss cultural appropriation what it is, what it is not, and how to address it.

November 14: Narrative Power in Black Media in Gallagher Clock Tower

This roundtable will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street and talk about the importance of diverse stories and representation in media (TV, film, shows, etc.).