Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Professional Development

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Conflict Response Training

Conflict is inevitable where differences thrive. However, conflict does not necessarily have to lead to violence. This workshop will equip participants with the tools to assess their own conflict response style, to map conflict, and to develop strategies to respond to conflict in ways that promote constructive change. As Xavier University leaders contend with the ongoing impact of a global pandemic, and rising attention to the realities of structural racism, understanding conflict and modeling responsive action in the midst of conflict are vital tools that this workshop will offer.

 Learning Objectives

  • Identify and understand the architecture of conflict, and begin the work of building a more equitable and inclusive campus community;
  • Forge meaningful and intercultural relationships with one another, and
  • Model courageous leadership that is committed to meaningful connection in the midst of uncertainty and unrest.

 Wednesday, September 9, 2020; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. –Zoom Invite Only

Facilitated by Dr. Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister

From Inclusion to Belonging

From Inclusion to Belonging A 3.5-hour virtual workshop for participants to engage in difficult and transformative conversations that name exclusion and chart a path towards creating a culture of belonging. Using an interactive narrative approach, participants will be equipped to create space for rich and meaningful conversations and connections across difference, and to embody Xavier University's commitment to fostering compassion and informed action amongst the leadership of Xavier, and across the university.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and understand the architecture of conflict, and begin the work of building a more equitable and inclusive campus community;
  • Forge meaningful and intercultural relationships with one another, and
  • Model courageous leadership that is committed to meaningful connection in the midst of uncertainty and unrest.

Friday, September 11, 2020; 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Zoom Invite Only

Facilitated by Dr. Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister

Radical Self-Care: What Does That Mean to You?

As we continue to learn about the impact of the twin pandemics of racism and COVID-19, some disparities and inequities among populations are glaring, and the challenges that people face are daunting. Many of us are feeling the emotional, social, and economic effects of the pandemic. Self-Care, however, is a radical act of resistance. Audre Lorde says, "caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what radical self-care means to you
  • Examine the history and origins of different wellness traditions and the impact whiteness has had on wellness
  • Evaluate your current level of loving actions towards yourself, by completing a short self-compassion assessment
  • Apply at least one new tool to your radical self-care plan

September 30, 2020 2:00-3:30pm Zoom

Facilitated by Audrey Calloway & Tracey DuEst- Zoom

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Resolving the Heart of Conflict: Developing an Outward Mindset

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 home.

Part One October 21 11:00 AM-12:00 PM- Zoom

Part Two October 28 11:00 AM-12:00 PM -Zoom

Facilitated by Tracey DuEst

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ADA On Campus: Reasonable Accommodations and Improving Access

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. This updated presentation will feature information about virtual accessibility and flexible work agreements.

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.

November 19, 2020 2:00-4: 00 PM-Zoom

Facilitated by Cassandra Jones, Jim Hartman, and Tracey DuEst

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Unconscious Bias and Race

Based on Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt's book, "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See. Think, and Do and her Ted Talk "How Racial Bias Works- And How to Disrupt It" this workshop will explore the impact of racial bias and its real and damaging effects on the world and the workplace.  

 Learning Objectives

  • Identify the impact of unconscious biases on themselves, their colleagues, and their workplace.
  • Recognize how you don't have to be racist to be biased
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to disrupt racial bias

December 8 2020 1:30-3:00pm- Zoom

Facilitated by Tracey DuEst

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