The University of Vermont aspires to be a community that affirms and demonstrates the value of the diverse identities and backgrounds of its members, promotes multicultural competence, and builds positive and productive connections throughout the community.
1. Senior Leadership Diversity Training – Biannual Leadership Professional Development workshops for all senior leaders, including all deans and vice presidents, offered through the Office of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
2. New Faculty Orientation. A two-day event mandatory for all incoming faculty. Topics include:
- Inclusive Excellence at UVM. The Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs provides an historical overview of diversity efforts at UVM
- Diversity, Engagement and Professional Development Panel and Roundtable. Representatives from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs and Office of Affirmative Action, and directors of LGBTQA Center, The Mosaic Center for Students of Color, and Women’s Center provide an overview of the services and assistance available to faculty.
3. Blackboard Jungle Symposium. Annual day and a half symposium with invited speakers, panel discussions, and workshops that includes students in a community learning opportunity with faculty and staff open to the faculty, staff and students:
“designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. The symposium sessions are dedicated to creating “open spaces” where all members of our community can participate in authentic dialogue, valued reflection, and expanded learning to promote inclusive excellence for all.”
4. Faculty Development Series – offers workshops on, among other topics, engaging students and reducing resistance in the diversity classroom.
5. Administrative units (such as Student Affairs) hold mandatory professional development sessions that encompass a breadth of social identities and the systemic power, privilege, and oppression that exists in our culture.
6. New Employee Orientation - The Office of Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs provides a twice-monthly orientation program for all new staff titled: “UVM Culture and Community”. These sessions introduce all new staff members to our UVM principles, ethos and shared values of diversity and inclusion to foster and nourish an open, affirming and respectful workplace, as well as our aspirations as outlined in Our Common Ground: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice and Responsibility.
7. Numerous other units on campus provide ongoing diversity training for existing employees.
We are committed to the pursuit of aggressive strategies to increase the number of faculty of color. It should be noted that hiring of faculty is done by the faculty in their respective departments, colleges, and schools.