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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

 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides support, resources and learning opportunities, and in partnership we provide the following courses.

Learn more about: The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

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 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

Gender & Leadership

Facilitator: Sarah Mell
Audience: All Interested Employees 
Time:  1.5 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

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.

 

Step Up to Bias 101

Facilitator: Annie Valentine, Education & Training Manager, Education and Outreach, CHWB, Jilliene Rodrigquez, Diversity, Engagement and Professional Development Director

Audience: All Employees
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI040

Level of Instruction: Introductory.
Prerequisites: None 

Description: The Step UP to Bias 101 training is an introductory course to the bystander intervention theory. Participant will gain a deeper understanding of how to intervene and increase motivation to step up in issues related to bias, prejudice, discrimination and harassment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the 5 Steps for Intervention.
  • Increase awareness of Bias, Discrimination, Prejudice, Harassment and Microaggressions.
  • Gain a better understanding of resources that are available at UVM.

Subtle Sexism: Signs and Symptoms in the Workplace

Facilitator: Sarah Mell, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Women & Gender Equity Center

Audience: Those with gender privilege are encouraged to participate (i.e., cis-gender folks, particularly men), though those experiencing gender oppressions are not immune from enacting sexist/transmisogynistic behaviors, etc.

Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: DEI065

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

This training is an opportunity for folks to examine attitudes, dispositions, and systems that perpetuate sexism and transmisogyny in the workplace.

  • Participants will examine the impacts of their own gender identity on the culture of their workplace
  • Participants will recognize subtle and overt behaviors, attitudes, dispositions that perpetuate gender inequities in a workplace
  • Participants will evaluate the intersections of white supremacy culture and patriarchy as they co-create systems of oppression within a workplace.

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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