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Every single employee has the power to keep justice, equity and inclusion front and center in the work they do.  From foundational skills to reflective discovery, we have the training to help you get there.

Class Calendar

HIGHLIGHT - Groundwork:  A Diversity & Social Justice Learning Series

Professional Development & Training is excited to pilot a diversity certificate for the 2019-2020 school year. This learning series is designed to lay the groundwork for those interested in how to begin or continue their efforts to create more inclusive spaces at UVM.

Groundwork Info

Affirmative Recruitment

Facilitator: Nicholas Stanton
Audience: Supervisors and Hiring Managers 
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: 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

Affirmative Recruitment Training for Faculty Search Committees

Facilitator: Nicholas Stanton, Director, UVM Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: HRS016

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

This training is for anyone who is, or will be, participating on a Faculty search committee. It goes over the best practices for conducting an affirmative search process that is fair, consistent, welcoming, and efficient. It also covers the requirement to consider diversity and inclusion as an important criteria of the applicants.


 

Classism in Higher Education

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe, Diversity Educator, Center for Cultural Pluralism
Audience: All Employees
Time: Asynchronous learning. Employees can anticipate spending total of 2 hours on course work over one designated work week.
PeopleSoft Code: CCP023

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Description: In this asynchronous, discussion-based class, attendees will explore issues of social class and classism in higher education. This course will take place over one work-week, allowing participants to access the materials and conversations with their colleagues on their schedules. Participants can anticipate spending 2 hours on this training between materials and online discussion forums (over Teams).

Attendees will:

  • Define and explain social class and classism
  • Explore where classism might show up on their campuses or workplaces
  • Create a toolkit to allow them to do a social class based audit of their communications, policies, and systems

Connecting to Our Common Ground

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI056

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Description

Many institutions and organizations have shared values. In this 90 minute training, we will explore the history of Our Common Ground and find individual connections to it and our work.

  • Evaluate UVM’s Our Common Ground.
  • Explore their role in diversity and social justice work at the University.
  • Make connections between the University’s shared value system and their work

COVID and the “Isms”: Applying a Social Justice Lens to COVID-19

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe, Diversity Educator, Center for Cultural Pluralism
Audience: All Employees
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: CCP021

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Description: COVID-19 and the pandemic that has followed has shined a light on many social issues that have been longstanding issues. This workshop will quickly introduce the relationship between COVID-19 and racism, classism, and ableism.

Attendees will:

  • Identify major social issues and systemic problems and their relationship to COVID-19
  • Explore what they can do as individuals to raise awareness and take action around these issues

Creating an Accessible Community on Campus

Facilitator: Jeanne Nauheimer
Audience: All Interested Employees
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI057

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Overall Objectives: We can see the value of inclusion demonstrated in Our Common Ground values and mission of Inclusive Excellence, but how do we get there?   This workshop aims to identify the physical and digital spaces where we can create better access for individuals who experience barriers to the UVM community, including those with disabilities and how to improve it.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants can expect to assess some of their own environments, including office and meeting spaces, as well as digital content like documents, presentations, and webpages.
  • Common issues and solutions will be provided so that we all can continue to improve our practices across campus.

Creating Space to Bring Authentic Selves to Campus

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI058

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Description

There are endless arguments to have a diverse workforce and it also does not come without its challenges. This course will explore the resiliency required to build and exist in diverse environments—especially for folks with marginalized identities. 

  • Engage in a group conversation centered on how to build inclusive workplaces that are mindful of the multiplicity of identities present
  • Discuss improvements participants can make to their own process and in their offices or classrooms to include a wider spread of identities
  • Identify and recognize what allows some people to show up as their authentic selves and what could exclude and invalidate certain identities

Creative Tools for Accessibility: An Introduction to Assistive Technology

Facilitators: Tracy Roux, AT Access Specialist; Leslie Ermolovich, ATP, AT Access Specialist; Ben Wimett, AT Access Specialist
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI053

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: If you have ever used voice dictation on your phone to create a quick message when you are running late to a meeting, you have tapped into Assistive Technology or AT.  For some, this technology is a convenience and for others it is a life changer.   

Learning Outcomes

  • AT is an amazing world of creative tools and strategies that eliminate barriers for everyone and supports full inclusion for people with disabilities in education, work, and communities.
  • This presentation will introduce participants to the expansive variety of applications, objects, devices, and strategies that enable someone to live fully, freely, and with self-determination.
  • Join the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion’s three AT Access Specialists for this session and magnify your understanding of what access really means.

Exploring Disability and Deaf Cultures: Becoming an Agent of Change

Facilitators: Winnie Looby, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator, Disability Studies Project Coordinator; Diana Williams, MA, MS, Student Accessibility Specialist; Amber Fulcher, MA, ADA/504 Coordinator
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI050

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Description

Understanding and becoming an advocate for Disability rights, as a social justice issue, is central to combating overall inequality and creating a truly inclusive environment. This session will introduce participants to the history of both the Disability and Deaf Rights movements.  

  • Explore Disability and Deaf cultures, Ableism, and the multiple models of disability
  • Begin unpacking what it means to move beyond basic access into full community integration.

Gender & Leadership

Facilitator: Sarah Mell
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI054

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

This training aims to create space for recognizing the ways our gender identity intersects with our experiences of leadership as a means of being more whole as leaders ourselves.   

  • We will center experiences of leadership as positive influencers of our own growth and reflect upon how that leadership has been constructed as it relates to our understanding of gender.
  • Time will be spent questioning the gendered impacts of definitions of leadership that historically underserve marginalized genders and promote division instead of connection.
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on how our values intersect with our leadership and our gender and how we can all unlearn that which is no longer useful in creating access and empowerment for all genders.

Implicit Bias: Exploring How It Works and Strategies for Confronting It

Facilitator: Sherwood Smith
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI063

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

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.

  • Understanding of what implicit bias is and how it works
  • Increased ability to identify implicit bias
  • Expanded vocabulary to discuss bias in general

Influencing Online: Changing Culture & Interrupting Problematic Behavior in Remote Environments (Class geared toward faculty)

FacilitatorsChrista Hagan-Howe, Diversity Educator, Center for Cultural Pluralism; Sherwood Smith, Senior Executive Director for Diversity and Engagement Director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism
Audience: All Employees (This session is geared toward faculty)
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: CCP019

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Description: As we all engage in considerably more online communications, thinking about interrupting bias, problematic language and concerning behavior remains important.In this 90 minute workshop to identify issues, talk through solutions, and try on different approaches. This session is geared towards faculty.

Attendees will:

  • Explore examples of bias and concerning behavior in online spaces
  • Discuss possible outcomes with peers and the facilitator
  • Workshop what it would look like to respond in the moment

Influencing Online: Changing Culture & Interrupting Problematic Behavior in Remote Environments (Class geared toward staff)

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe, Diversity Educator, Center for Cultural Pluralism
Audience: All Employees (This session is geared toward staff)
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: CCP020

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Description: As we all engage in considerably more online communications, thinking about interrupting bias, problematic language and concerning behavior remains important.In this 90 minute workshop to identify issues, talk through solutions, and try on different approaches. This session is geared towards staff.

Attendees will:

  • Explore examples of bias and concerning behavior in online spaces
  • Discuss possible outcomes with peers and the facilitator
  • Workshop what it would look like to respond in the moment

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

Facilitator: Laura Engelken
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time: 40 minutes
PeopleSoft Code: 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. For more info about labyrinths and why you might want to walk one visit, our Facebook Page.

 

Islam 201: Islam, Muslims, & Gender

Facilitator: Dr. Illse Morgenstein Fuerst

Audience: All Interested Employees

Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI049

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

Hear from Dr. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Associate Professor of Religion and Associate Director of UVM’s Humanities Center, as she presents the broad range of ways Muslims experience, understand, and challenge the concept of gender and gender norms. 

  • Explore complexities and how they might impact life on campus.
  • Part of an ongoing 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.

Social Class: Why it Matters and How Classism Shows Up on Campus

Facilitator: Beth Mintz
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1.75 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI064

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Description

This workshop explores social stratification, commonly referred to as social class, and technically considered a system of structured social inequality. We will examine how to measure social class, current trends in economic inequality, the contours of social mobility, how social class is reproduced, and most importantly, the numerous ways that social class shapes our lives.  We will also take some time to define classism and explore how it shows up on campus.

 

Social Justice Discussion Group

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time: 45 minutes

  • PeopleSoft Code - Session 1: DEI052
  • PeopleSoft Code - Session 2: DEI061
  • PeopleSoft Code - Session 3: DEI062

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Description

Bring your lunch and come join your colleagues throughout the semester to review and discuss justice-focused podcasts, book chapters, and TedTalks over the lunch hours. Readings/viewings will all be planned to be under 20 minutes. While three are being offered, you can attend one, some, or all!  

  • Create and nurture a community of folks interested in furthering their understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Actively pursue a culture of diversity and acceptance at The University of Vermont.

Spirituality & Religion on Campus

Facilitator: Laura Engelken
Audience: Staff and Faculty
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: 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.

Step Up! Bias-Bystander Intervention Workshop

Facilitator: Jilliene M. Rodriguez, Anne Valentine
Audience: Employees
Time: 2.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI040

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Description: The aim of the session is to understand pro-social 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

  • 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

Supporting Survivors: Basic Advocacy for Responsible Employees

Special Note: These sessions will not be recorded.

Facilitator: Sarah Mell
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI055

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

Responsible employees at UVM are trained in reporting processes and the ins and outs of Title IX/Clery Reporting, but in the moment when a student or colleague discloses an experience of violence it can often be difficult to know how to respond beyond mandatory reporting requirements. 

  • This workshop will provide opportunities to consider basic advocacy skills of listening, empathizing, supporting, and educating, as well as creating clear boundaries and considering self-care throughout the process.

What is Heternormativity?

Facilitator: Christa Hagan-Howe
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI059

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Description

Heteronormativity refers to the idea that heterosexuality is the default or normal sexuality. This is a message that is repeated over and over again in laws, media, education, and in our communities. In this ninety minute training, we will discuss ways to recognize heteronormativity and as a group, create a list of ways to fight against it.

  • Define and explain heteronormativity and how it impacts our students and community
  • Discuss improvements participants can make to their own process and in their offices or classrooms to include a wider spread of identities
  • Identify and recognize what allows some people to show up as their authentic selves and what could exclude and invalidate certain identities

What is White Supremacy Culture?

Facilitator: Emily Hagan-Howe & John Mejia
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI051

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

White Supremacy is all around us and something we are all conditioned to take part in. What does it mean and how do we step back and really see it? In this 90 minute training, we will dive into white surpremacy culture, how it impacts us, our work, and our communities

 

When the Classroom, Meeting, or Training Gets Odd: Preparing for Dialogues

Facilitator: Sherwood Smith, Senior Executive Director for Diversity and Engagement Director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: CCP022

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Description

Session will suggest proactive measures and constructs for balancing the overall group dynamic challenges related to issues of culture and social justice.

Attendees will:

  • Explore conversation dynamic factors
  • Discuss some frameworks for setting a positive environment
  • Explore two models of learning styles that impact students/attendees’ responses to content
  • Address participants application questions

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