Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Professional Development

Building an Inclusive Team

In an inclusive culture people feel safe to make unusual or different suggestions; to say the thing that everyone in the room is thinking but nobody is saying because they are worried about how it will be received. Diversity creates the potential for different opinions and ideas, but it’s inclusion that allows for that potential to be realized. So, how can a leader build an inclusive culture? One in which a team of people from different backgrounds will openly share a range of perspectives and opinions?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about the six signature traits of inclusive leadership and how to build a more engaged team
  • Understand the benefits and characteristics of an inclusive workplace culture
  • Identify one action you can take and one action your department/division can take to promote a more inclusive culture

Facilitated by Tracey DuEst

December 1st 1:30-3:30 PM via Zoom

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Disarming Microaggressions

What are microaggressions? What is the impact on people who’ve been the target of a microaggression? How can you speak up as a bystander or ally? And if you’ve said something offensive, how can you recover and rebuild trust? This course is based on Dr. Derald Wing Sue’s work, who is the author of hundreds of articles and many books on microaggressions, including Microaggressions in Everyday Life and Microintervention Strategies.

Disarming Microaggressions shows learners how comments or questions that sound harmless or even like compliments carry a hidden message that hurts. The course includes activities to identify the hidden messages and then practice speaking up and interrupting a microaggression when it happens or afterward.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what microaggressions are and their harmful impact on people, the workplace and community
  • Identity the hidden messages that microaggressions carry
  • Gain skills to speak up, interrupt and disarm microaggressions with microinterventions in the moment or afterwards

Facilitated by Tracey DuEst and Natalia Weekly

November 3rd, 2:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

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Disability is Diversity

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 reasonable accommodations is crucial to increasing diversity and satisfaction, benefiting the whole campus community. This updated presentation will feature information on viewing disability through a different lens, virtual accessibility and workplace accommodations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify best practices related to access and accommodations Describe the differences between an accommodation, flexible work agreement, and FMLA
  • Express your understanding of students' staff and faculty privacy and right to disclose their disabilities — or not.
  • Explore case studies of possible ADA scenarios and build practical, hands-on decision-making skills — and avoid mistakes when real cases present themselves.
  • Discuss how we view disability and its implications.

Tuesday, October 12 2:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

Facilitate by Tracey DuEst, Jim Hartman, and Cassandra Jones

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Employee Book Club

Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity”-Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations

This book offers real-life accounts that illustrate common workplace occurrences around inclusivity and answers to questions like “How do I identify and handle diversity landmines at work?” and “What can I do when I’ve made a mistake?” This book breaks down ways that organizations (and all people) can improve their cultural awareness and become more equitable in their work and personal relationships. “Did That Just Happen?!” will be invaluable for employees who come from underrepresented communities and identities (identities discussed include race, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and gender expression). The book will also make readers feel more confident in their navigating of friendships/interactions with people who hold different identities.

September 29, October 13, 29, November 10, 22, December 8

Facilitated by Tracey DuEst, Aleshia Zoogah, and two other staff members TBD.

3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

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