University of Vermont

Professional Development and Training

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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

    Facilitator: Dr. Anne Clark
    Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
    Time Allotted: 2 Hours
    PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP004

    Level of Instruction: Introductory.
    Prerequisites: None

    Overall Objectives: Learn about the basic aspects of Christian belief and practice from Dr. Anne Clark, Professor and Chair of UVM’s Department of Religion. Explore and discuss how the campus environment can impact students, staff, and faculty who identify with this tradition. This presentation is part of an ongoing 101 series helping to equip and empower the UVM community to engage more comfortably and competently with spirituality and religion in our life and work on campus.

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    Cross Cultural Communication at the Front Desk

    Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
    Target Audience: UVM staff who serve in Administrative and Customer Service Roles
    Time Allotted: 3 Hours
    PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI015

    Level of Instruction: Introductory
    Prerequisites: None

    Overall Objectives: Do you want to learn how to communicate more effectively when working with others? We all are different in our communication styles and in our ways of working and completing tasks. As if that wasn’t enough, we also are different in our cultural backgrounds and norms, lifestyles and the way we acquire knowledge and share it at work and outside of it. This workshop provides an interactive and engaging learning experience to enhance your effectiveness communicating cross-culturally.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Increase awareness of your own culture and how it plays out in your front desk interactions with colleagues and customers
    • Reflect on your preferred style of communication and discuss how it may be different from the communication style of others
    • Learn how to appreciate different ways of thinking and problem-solving in diverse groups
    • Identify three tangible things you can do to improve the quality of communication you have with your customers

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    Dealing with Bias on Campus: Research and Clinical Perspectives on Ideology and Hatred

    Facilitator: Edward Dunbar
    Target Audience: All UVM staff and faculty.
    Time Allotted: 3 Hours
    PeopleSoft Course Number: CCP011

    Level of Instruction: Introductory
    Prerequisites: None

    Overall Objectives:Over the past few years our universities have become focal points of ideology and cultural wars. This workshop will blend information from studies on how students cope in the moment with non-violent forms of bias and victimization. We will examine their help seeking behaviors and how they deal with experiences of hate. Additionally, the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of dealing with being the target of hatred will be illustrated with personal incidents of victimization, recovery, and advocacy to fight hatred. Utilizing a research-based perspective we will deepen our understanding of how debate and engagement with differences of belief interacts with ideology and bias. Lastly, we will examine some best practices, personally, to “deal with the challenge” of culture-based conflict within the institutions of higher education.

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Están Presentes: Realities of Undocumented Students in U.S. Higher Education - An Interactive Dialogue

Facilitator: Sarah Childs
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI019

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Unafraid and unapologetic is how our undocumented students should be able to communicate to us, yet this is not the reality for many. As institutions of higher learning, we need to move beyond conversations that question the presence of undocumented students on our campus to advocating, promoting and providing student services.

An estimated 7,000 to 13,000 undocumented students are enrolled in colleges across the country (Educators for Fair Consideration, 2012). The geopolitical and social landscape influences the everyday lived experiences of this student population. Fear and concerns about physical safety are but two reasons why many students choose to keep their undocumented status a secret, never revealing their status or story to peers, school and college staff and even close friends. Their fears are rooted in a system that separates families, imprisons migrants without due process, and incites violence against those who are even perceived to be undocumented in this country.

Navigating in the shadows is a reality for many of these students, yet doing so also comes with real consequences, negatively impacting students academically, socially and psychologically. As student affairs professionals and larger university communities, it is imperative that we prioritize success and overall wellbeing of undocumented students.

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Exploring Gender Identity

Facilitator: Becky Swem; LGBTQA, Education and Outreach
Target Audience: Individuals with basic LGBTQA* identity understanding who would like to explore complexities of gender identity and participate in self-exploration
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI007

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Basic LGBTQA* identity understanding or LGBTQA* Vocabulary and Identity 101

Overall Objectives: This interactive session will deconstruct gender identity from the male/female binary. Participants should be prepared to explore and discuss their own gender identity development. Participants will learn more about language and identities. Participants will also explore how “gender” expectations are formed, how people think about/experience gender, and the limitations of gender.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore and discuss your own gender identity development
  • Gain an understanding of gender identities beyond the male/female binary; including use of pronouns
  • Explore societal and culturally diverse expectations around gender
  • Discuss impact of gender expectations and roles

Before Class:

  • Reflect & be prepared to discuss the question: How did you learn about your gender?
  • List 2-3 privileges/positives of your gender identity
  • List 2-3 challenges of your gender identity

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Gender 101 - Exploring the Impact of Gender Norms & Expectations in Everyday Life

Facilitator: Maria Teixeira
Target Audience: Those interested in an introductory exploration of the impacts of gender systems within their own lived experiences.
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI011

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Gender inequity impacts all of us; this workshop will demonstrate how and why that is the case as well as provide some tools for recognizing gender inequity in our own lives and the lives of others. This workshop is highly interactive and discussion-based and will give participants tools and opportunity to explore the impact that a binary gender system (male vs. female, masculine vs. feminine) has upon our everyday lived experiences and cultures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Basic ability to recognize gender stereotypes and the impact upon situations, culture, society, etc.
  • Become more aware of your own gender roles, stereotypes, etc. and how they have shaped your life/experiences
  • Greater ability to see oneself in the discussion of gender – this impacts all of us
  • Building allyship and greater access to empathy
  • Support in naming our own experiences with gender inequity

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Gender Inclusive Restrooms at UVM

Facilitator: Becky Swem; LGBTQA, Education and Outreach
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI016

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: In the summer of 2016, President Sullivan charged a taskforce to study issues related to the expansion of gender inclusive restrooms on the UVM campus. Members of the Gender Inclusive Restroom Taskforce (GIRT) identified key questions and worked to find answers. Their report was released in February 2017. This workshop will review the history of gender inclusive bathrooms at UVM and review the recommendations from the taskforce. Work continues that will result in buildings across campus having changes to restroom assignment. These and other future steps will be discussed. Come prepared to learn more, ask questions, and have a discussion around further implications.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the history of gender inclusive restrooms at UVM
  • Discuss the implications of restroom assignment and the impact to campus community members
  • Explore the planned changes to restroom assignment
  • Have questions answered by GIRT members

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Introduction to Culture

Facilitator: Sherwood Smith
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 2.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI001

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: This session explores the meaning of culture: What is it? Does everyone have it? Can it change? How is it developed? Through a variety of examples and discussion of our personal and collective experiences we will work to develop a better understanding of culture and the impact it has on organizations and people. The objective is for us all to gain a basic ability to analyze our own meanings of culture for human interactions, for our work, and the processes from which our meanings are constructed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze cultures as they present within ourselves, our work and our institutions
  • Explore culture’s impact on some of the values, behaviors, beliefs, and customs that are associated with your own cultural heritage
  • Evaluate how your own heritage, values, beliefs and attitudes impact your expectations of, and judgments about, others

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Creating Trans-Inclusive Spaces in Higher Education Settings

Facilitator: Benjamin Kennedy
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI017

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Over 65% of college students agree with the statement, "I am optimistic about my future." However, only 30% of transgender students agreed. Things don't just get better for these students; as professionals on a college campus, what are we doing to make UVM a better place for trans students? This interactive session is an introduction for folks looking to actively do the work to make our campus an inclusive, welcoming space for these students. The presentation is broken into three parts:

a) a brief overview of recent statistics and research supporting the importance of this work
b) specific tips and strategies for creating inclusive spaces and working with transgender students
c) a brief small group activity and discussion

Participants will leave with the knowledge of why this work is important and tangible tools in their toolbox for meeting the needs of these students. For those who don't work with students directly, these are transferable skills for inclusion that can be used anywhere in one’s life!

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

Facilitator: Rabbi Ira Schiffer
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP002

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Learn about the varieties of Judaism and Jewish holidays and practices, from Rabbi Ira Schiffer, former Associate Chaplain at Middlebury College. Explore and discuss how the campus environment can present challenges to students, staff, and faculty who identify with this tradition. This presentation is part of an ongoing 101 series helping to equip and empower the UVM community to engage more comfortably and competently with spirituality and religion in our life and work on campus.

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LGBTQA* Vocabulary and Identity 101

Facilitator: Becky Swem; LGBTQA, Education and Outreach
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI002

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: This interactive session will create an introductory framework around LGBTQA* identities. Participants will explore allyship and challenges around language.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce LGBTQA* vocabulary and identities
  • Discuss the differences between sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and expression
  • Discuss ways to build allyship

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Metaphor and Meaning: Exploring Diversity Through Art

Facilitator: Christina Fearon
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: DEI018

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Art can open minds and deepen understanding of the beliefs, histories, and experiences of people from different cultures. In this program, which is held at the Fleming Museum of Art, we’ll look at objects from Africa, Asia, and the Americas that offer insights into cultural values and illuminate perspectives on race, gender, beauty, and identity. The tour includes a diverse group of objects, ranging from a Chinese dragon robe to Amazonian feather work to the racially charged text painting of contemporary artist Glenn Ligon. Join Christina Fearon, the Fleming’s curator of education, for a participatory tour as we explore how artists use metaphor and other visual elements to bring ideas to life.

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Spirituality & Religion on Campus

Facilitator: Laura Engelken
Target Audience: All Interested Staff and Faculty
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: ICP003

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: 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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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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