Grow and Connect with CCP Learning Opportunities

The Center for Cultural Pluralism looks to provide opportunities for dvelopment through several avenues.  The following programs and campus connections are uniquely designed to equip and encourage members of the UVM community.

Spring 2021 Offerings

Browse and register for our list of current offerings.

Faculty Trainings

Diversity Hot Buttons

Dates for Two-part Workshop

Session 1 May 26, 2021 link to the session 

Session 2 May 27, 2021 link to the session 

Time

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

PeopleSoft Course: CCP203 Session Code 0001 registers you for both dates (even though only first date is indicated)

Facilitator

Tatyana Fertelmeyster, LCPC, Connecting Differences, LLC Founder and Principal  

Tatyana Fertelmeyster (she/her), a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is the founder and principal of Connecting Differences, LLC - a boutique consulting company providing intercultural and DEI services. Tatyana is known for asking her colleagues, her clients, and herself lots of uncomfortable questions. She is also known for digging deep and being creative to find answers.

Tatyana became a part of American diversity when she came to the United States in January of 1989 as a refugee from the former Soviet Union. She found her passion in helping people and organizations to navigate the complexities of changes, differences, and identities. As an intercultural and diversity consultant, trainer, and coach, she has worked in almost every state of the United States and several countries in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Description

Dr. Amy Edmondson, a Harvard Business School Professor and a pioneer of a psychological safety research defines psychological safety as “a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes." She also writes that “few goals could involve more emotionally challenging and uncertain paths to achievement than that of building equitable, engaged, inclusive workplaces, where people feel they belong regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or cultural heritage. Thus, psychological safety is not only characteristic of such inclusive organizations, it is also needed to design and implement the necessary changes to get there.”

Psychological safety is not about being comfortable or avoiding difficult conversations. It is about creating conditions for challenging moments to take place and become learning moments and teachable moments.

As a consultant in the DEI space for over 20 years and as a mental health professional, I believe in importance of focusing on what is happening to us as individuals in our efforts to create psychological safety and on what are the systemic/organizational components of it. I see my contribution to the DEI work in defining tolerance as our ability to tolerate ourselves as we are engaging with others across differences. Whether one wants to be a better ally to an LGBTQ student or be an anti-racist, strives to develop skills for addressing cultural misunderstandings or move from empathetic attention to compassionate action, or simply being a decent human being amidst complexity of today’s diversity – the starting point is the same.

This 2-part highly interactive workshop will engage participants in exploring their own Diversity Hot Buttons and maximizing their interpersonal and intercultural effectiveness when DEI related challenges are involved. The first 2-hour session will predominantly focus on identifying and examining stressors and triggers, while the second will offer practical steps and skills for growing through discomfort. Participants will engage in small group activities and large group discussions as well as in individual structured reflection processes.

Learning Objectives


Participants in this workshop will focus on teaching and facilitation:

• Use a number of practical tools to examine their real-life DEI experiences;
• Identify individual, collective, and organizational steps for building psychological safety;
* Create action plans for their ongoing DEI learning journey with opportunity for follow-up.

Faculty & Staff Trainings

Classism in Higher Education

Date

June, 2021

Time

10:00 AM - 12: 00 PM

Audience: Faculty and Staff

Facilitator

Sherwood Smith

PeopleSoft Code: CCP202

Description

This session is designed to have participants explore issues of social class and classism in higher education. During this session, attendees will define and explain social class and classism. There will be time dedicated to explore where classism might show up on campus and in workplaces. By the end of the session, participants will start to create a toolkit to allow them to do a classism audit of their communications, policies, and systems.

Level of Instruction: Introductory

This is a virtual event held via Teams. Registrants will be invited to the Teams meeting at least a few hours prior to the session time. 

Courageous Conversation

Date

April 6, 2021

Time

10:00-11:30 AM

Audience: Faculty and Staff

Facilitator 

Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon

Paul is a Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment & Research at UVM. He received an M. Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Education History from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College. In addition to his work at UVM, Paul is also a Partner with CQ Strategies, LLC, a local consultancy that helps organizations become more culturally proficient through training, education, resources, and on-going support.
 

PeopleSoft Code: CCP201

Description

So much of diversity and justice work is in not only the recognition of opportunities of inclusion but also in the disruption of injustice. This course will utilize the COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ protocol to assist participants in learning how to lean into these conversations, disrupt bias, and move forward. The CCAR™ Protocol is an “award-winning protocol for effectively engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue” and other identities. Through this course, participants will: define each component of the CCAR™ Protocol, understand the personal and interpersonal purpose of each part of the CCAR™ Protocol, and apply Protocol.

https://go.uvm.edu/fieldguide

Level of Instruction: Introductory

This is a virtual event held via Teams. Registrants will be invited to the Teams meeting at least a few hours prior to the session time. 

What is Implicit Bias?

Date

February 24, 2021

Time

2:00-3:30 PM

Audience:

Faculty and Staff

Facilitators

Christa Hagan-Howe & Sherwood Smith

To register for this workshop please use PeopleSoft Code: CCP200

Description

This session provides an introduction to the concept and how it functions in day to day life or work.  We will explore examples  and a few types of responses. Attendees will gain an understanding of what implicit bias is and how it works. They will leave the session with an increased ability to identify implicit bias while also having expanded their vocabulary to discuss bias in general.

Level of Instruction: Introductory

This is a virtual event held via Teams. Registrants will be invited to the Teams meeting at least a few hours prior to the session time. 

Registering for Courses

  1. Carefully read the class descriptions and prerequisites  to find what best aligns with your needs.
  2. Have the course code listed when you register.
  3. Log into PeopleSoft Human Resources and navigate the menu in the following order:
    1. Main Menu
    2. UVM Learning + Degrees
    3. Request Training Enrollment
    4. Search by Course Name, or Number, or Location, or Date

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Contact

For registration issues or to cancel, please email Paul Goldberg