University of Vermont

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



ABENAKI SPIRITUALITY 101: Learning the Basics & How They Relate to Life at UVM

Facilitator: Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk – Abenaki Nation
Target Audience: All employees
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP008

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Learn key concepts, practices and local characteristics of Abenaki spirituality from Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk – Abenaki Nation. Also gain insight into how the campus environment can present challenges to students, staff, and faculty who identify with this tradition.:

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    Affirmative Recruitment

    Facilitator: Rafae Khan
    Target Audience: Supervisors and Hiring Managers
    Time Allotted: 2 Hours
    PeopleSoft Course Number: HRS004

    Level of Instruction: Introductory.
    Prerequisites: None

    Overall Objectives: This workshop will cover updated recruiting practices and procedures that support the University's goal of achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce and assure compliance with federal regulations.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • List the essential elements of a successful search
    • Describe strategies for building diverse pools
    • Describe effective, fair interview practices
    • Discuss objective selection best practices and strategies
    • Provide tools and sample materials designed to assist hiring officials and committees
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      Building Empathy and Addressing Racism

      Facilitator: Kyle Silliman-Smith and Hal Colston
      Target Audience: All staff and faculty
      Time Allotted: Three 2-hour sessions
      PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI038

      Level of Instruction: Introductory.
      Prerequisites: None

      Description: This program gives participants the opportunity to build skills and knowledge to engage in undoing racism. The sessions focus on racism within self, community, and taking action. White Fragility and White Supremacy Culture are always included, details of each workshop vary based on facilitators, partners, and participants. Please know that these programs are designed in large part to engage and encourage white people to do racial justice work. To this end, while many of our workshops have multi-racial attendance, they do center whiteness in a way that can be frustrating, harmful, and/or just not that meaningful to people of color. This is not always the case. We trust that each individual knows best what will be most useful to them. If you are a person of color and no longer would like to attend, that is totally understandable -- just let the professional development office know. Another option is to stay on the workshop e-mail list to see what resources we are sharing but not come to the sessions. We are happy to do this if you would like. Let us know if you want more information on the content or anything else that will help you make a good choice for yourself. WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS YOU ARE COMMITTING TO ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS as each is a foundation of learning for each successive session. Please note: PEOPLESOFT REGISTRATION WILL ONLY LIST THE FIRST DATE OF ATTENDANCE HOWEVER YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENROLLED IN ALL THREE SESSIONS.

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      Disrupting Racism Role Play Workshop

      Facilitator: Kyle Silliman-Smith and Hal Colston
      Target Audience: All UVM staff and faculty.
      Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
      PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI042

      Level of Instruction: Introductory
      Prerequisites: It is highly recommended that participants attend at least one of the program offerings from the Peace & Justice Center series, Building Empathy and Addressing Racism or Privilege & Accountability for Aspiring Allies, before participating in this program.

      Overall Objectives:This session will include practicing disrupting racism. Please know that these programs are designed in large part to engage and encourage white people to do racial justice work. To this end, while many of our workshops have multi-racial attendance, they do center whiteness in a way that can be frustrating, harmful, and/or just not that meaningful to people of color. This is not always the case. We trust that each individual knows best what will be most useful to them. If you are a person of color and no longer would like to attend, that is totally understandable -- just let the professional development office know. Another option is to stay on the workshop e-mail list to see what resources we are sharing but not come to the sessions. We are happy to do this if you would like. Let us know if you want more information on the content or anything else that will help you make a good choice for yourself.

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    Exploring Identities to Create a Harassment-Free Workplace

    Facilitator: Sarah Mell, Education & Outreach Coordinator, UVM Women’s Center
    Target Audience: Staff and faculty looking to explore their identities through the lenses of power and vulnerability as it relates to creating work environments free from harassment.
    Time Allotted: 2 Hours
    PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI041

    Level of Instruction: Introductory
    Prerequisites: None

    Overall Objectives: We all hold identities of power and those that make us vulnerable - these are not mutually exclusive; some of our most powerful identities may also be our most vulnerable. We will work together to bring awareness to the ways our identities show up with us in our workspaces and explore strategies and structures that honor those identities and provide space for communication as a means of creating spaces free from harassment..

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify the ways we are socialized to show up in workspaces based on our intersecting identities
    • Assess the potential impacts our powerful and vulnerable identities have on our workspace and those with whom we share it
    • Recognize expressions of attitudes and dispositions that promote violence/harassment
    • Construct models of intervention and support through an intersectional lens

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    Introduction to the Labyrinth: An Opportunity for Relaxation, Reflection & Self-Care

    Facilitator: Laura Engelkin
    Target Audience: All employees
    Time Allotted: 40 Minutes
    PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP007

    Level of Instruction: Introductory.
    Prerequisites: None

    Overall Objectives: Looking for a creative way to care for your body, mind, and spirit during your workday? The labyrinth is a meaning-making tool that can help individuals with stress reduction, creativity and self-reflection. Rev. Laura C. Engelken, UVM Interfaith Coordinator, will introduce this tool and facilitate an opportunity to experience it. UVM community members are always welcome to visit and utilize the labyrinth pattern for walking in the Interfaith Center's Gathering Hall during open hours, Monday - Friday from 8am - 10pm.:

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      ISLAM 101: Learning the Basics & How They Relate to Life at UVM

      Facilitator: Dr. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst
      Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
      Time Allotted: 2 Hours
      PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP001

      Level of Instruction: Introductory
      Prerequisites: None

      Overall Objectives: Learn key concepts, rituals and global and regional differences of the Islam tradition from Dr. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Assistant Professor and Director of UVM's Middle East Program. Explore and discuss how the campus environment can present challenges to students, staff, and faculty who follow this faith.

      Kaleidoscope: Improving Campus Culture Using a Program with a Diversity Lens (WEBINAR)

      Webinar Facilitator: Crystal Jushka & Adrienne German

      UVM Classroom Facilitator: Sherwood Smith
      Target Audience: All staff and faculty
      Time Allotted: 2 Hours
      PeopleSoft Course Number: CCP012

      Level of Instruction: Intermediate
      Prerequisites: None

      Overall Objectives: This session will examine the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Kaleidoscope program, developed to create a more welcoming campus, create cultural competence among students, staff, and faculty, and increase matriculation of underrepresented students. Presenters will show how MCW developed and delivers a much-needed forum for constituents to learn about and discuss issues of diversity. They will discuss how the program and featured topics regarding race and ethnicity are facilitated and provide engaging examples.

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Design, execute, and evaluate a reoccurring diversity and inclusion education program that is appropriate for transforming their own campuses to make it more inclusive.
      • Utilize different dialogue guidelines and techniques to better generate discussion by participating in small Kaleidoscope example sessions.
      • Effectively select and engage faculty members and/or partners in delivering material and facilitating discussion
      • Understand how the program can be used to break down walls of institutional racism and attract students from underrepresented backgrounds to the institution.
      • Create and implement a communication plan to promote a diversity film and research forum series on your campus to encourage attendance and buy-in, making a successful program.
      • Identify potential topics by referring to a provided list of resources that can be used while implementing your own diversity and inclusion programming.

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      Privilege & Accountability for Aspiring Allies

      Facilitator: Kyle Silliman-Smith and Hal Colston
      Target Audience: All staff and faculty
      Time Allotted: Four 2-hour sessions
      PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI039

      Level of Instruction: Introductory.
      Prerequisites: None

      Description: This workshop is designed for participants to increase their skills as aspiring allies who can effectively build support for and with colleagues, neighbors, and other community members to address oppression. Participants will explore their own identities and practice skills to take action in addressing microaggressions and interrupting oppression in real time. Please know that these programs are designed in large part to engage and encourage white people to do racial justice work. To this end, while many of our workshops have multi-racial attendance, they do center whiteness in a way that can be frustrating, harmful, and/or just not that meaningful to people of color. This is not always the case. We trust that each individual knows best what will be most useful to them. If you are a person of color and no longer would like to attend, that is totally understandable -- just let the professional development office know. Another option is to stay on the workshop e-mail list to see what resources we are sharing but not come to the sessions. We are happy to do this if you would like. Let us know if you want more information on the content or anything else that will help you make a good choice for yourself. WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS YOU ARE COMMITTING TO ATTEND ALL FOUR SESSIONS as each is a foundation of learning for each successive session. Please note: PEOPLESOFT REGISTRATION WILL ONLY LIST THE FIRST DATE OF ATTENDANCE HOWEVER YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENROLLED IN ALL FOUR SESSIONS.

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      Seeing and Disrupting Racism

      Facilitator: Kyle Silliman-Smith and Hal Colston
      Target Audience: All staff and faculty
      Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
      PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI037

      Level of Instruction: Introductory.
      Prerequisites: None

      Description: This lecture/presentation was developed for predominantly white audiences. We start by defining racism. Then we walk participants through the concept of white fragility. We go over how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt that cycle. If you are interested in attending either of our other workshop series - Building Empathy and Addressing Racism or Privilege & Accountability for Aspiring Allies, it is recommended to attend this workshop first.

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      Spirituality & Religion on Campus

      Facilitator: Laura Engelken
      Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
      Time Allotted: 2.0 Hours
      PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP003

      Level of Instruction: Introductory
      Prerequisites: None

      Overall Objectives: Have you ever wondered ... What’s the difference between “spirituality” and “religion”? Are students really interested in matters of faith? Why would a public university dedicate spaces and resources for supporting and discussing spirituality and religion? Engage in these questions and more during an interactive presentation offered by Rev. Laura C. Engelken, UVM Interfaith Coordinator..

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      Step UP: Bias-Bystander Intervention Workshop

      Facilitator: Jilliene Johnson, Anne Valentine
      Target Audience: All UVM employees
      Time Allotted: 2 Hours
      PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI040

      Level of Instruction: Introductory.
      Prerequisites: None

      Overall Objectives: The aim of the session is to understand prosocial behavior and bystander intervention to help individuals increase their capacity to appropriately intervene in problematic situations, especially in the areas of bias, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.

      Learning Outcomes:

      • To identify the 5 Step Decision Making Process
      • Increase awareness of bias, discrimination, prejudice, harassment, and microaggressions
      • Describe effective, fair interview practices
      • Develop strategies to intervene and know what resources are available on campus
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        What is Race and Why Does it Matter? (Parts 1 & 2)

        Facilitator: Sherwood Smith
        Target Audience: All Interested Employees
        Time Allotted: 3.5 Hours
        PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI034

        Level of Instruction: Introductory
        Prerequisites: None

        Overall Objectives: This two-part introductory course has been combined into a single session. This session focuses on providing a basic understanding of the factors that form our understanding of race and racial groups. How is race constructed and given meanings? This course focuses on institutional and individual factors. It will begin with an exploration of the origin of “race” and look at the impact of those ideas in practice. There will be one assignment in advance of the first meeting required and two advance readings for part two. We will have some short films, exercises and opportunities for discussion.

        Learning Outcomes:

        • Identify issues related to your own racial identity development and enrich your understanding of these issues
        • Reflect upon the influence of race identity on behavior, values, and attitudes specifically regarding day-to-day interactions, expectations of individuals and judgments
        • Critically analyze the meaning and history of race as an issue in the USA

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