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The UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity provides training on a variety of topics, such as diversity, respectful workplace, managing sexual misconduct issues, and the equity and diversity certificate program.

Please contact the UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity at 726-6827 for more information and to schedule a session for your group or class.

Courses Offered Fall Semester 2013:

The Equity and Diversity Certificate for faculty and staff helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.

The Certificate has two levels (Basic and Advanced)

Advanced Level Equity and Diversity Certificate

Core Curriculum Workshops 4-6: The Core Curriculum provides participants with the conceptual framework, opportunities for self reflection and group discussion, and skill-building experience necessary for being an effective advocate for equity and diversity—both at the University of Minnesota and in all aspects of their lives. In these workshops, participants design personal action plans to help them identify specific outcomes—and key next steps—toward which they can work.
 

Workshop 4: Communicating on Issues of Equity & Diversity
Monday, October 7
Garden Room
9:00am-12:00pm
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Our efforts in advancing equity and diversity will mean little if we can't communicate effectively with our key constituents and stakeholders—especially around our efforts and successes. This workshop addresses how our various means of communication do—or do not—send messages that are perceived as welcoming and inclusive. It also addresses the challenges, strategies, and outcomes found in a strong equity and diversity communication plan.

Workshop 5: Engaging Universal Design Concepts to Increase Access and Inclusion
Monday, October 7
Garden Room
1:00pm-4:00pm
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Growing out of a movement to increase access for people with disabilities, the term "universal design" refers to the concept of designing products and environments to be as accessible as possible for all users. Whether it's captioning, gender neutral restrooms, curb cuts or inclusive language, the work of equity and diversity involves paying attention to how we design our classrooms, labs, offices, residence halls, work, curricula, and events to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. In this workshop, participants learn key concepts of universal design and are given opportunities to assess the inclusively of their own spaces, products, and communities.

Workshop 6: Educating about Equity & Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations
Tuesday, October 8
Griggs Center
9:00am-12:00pm
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The last workshop in the Core Curriculum addresses one of the most ever-present and significant aspects of equity and diversity work: education through dialogue. In each participant’s on-going development as an ally and a leader, they will find themselves in more and more situations that call for careful listening, nuanced language, well-timed questions, and skilled facilitation. This worship offers each participant an opportunity to develop these educational skills.

Supporting Curriculum Workshops 7-10: The Supporting Curriculum provides an opportunity for participants to understand equity and diversity efforts within the context of specific social identities. In these workshops, participants learn from University staff who work to improve campus climate for people of color, women, people with disabilities, and those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (GLBTQ). Participants learn specific strategies that all University members can employ to improve campus climate.
  Workshop 7: Race, Racism, and Privilege
Thursday, October 24
Griggs Center
9:00am-12:00pm
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Talking about race and racism can be challenging for many people. It can be tempting to keep our discussions at a surface level, so as to avoid hurt, anger, shame and guilt. But open and honest discussions on race, as well as basic history and context that are often neglected in the discussions, are necessary for us to address the racial inequities that continue to challenge our personal relationships, institutions, and society.

Workshop 8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity
Thursday, October 24
Griggs Center
1:00pm-4:00pm
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The media makes it sound like women have reached equality. What's the truth? And how do you make the case quickly, i.e., in the time it takes for an elevator ride? In this interactive workshop, increase your knowledge of women’s stats today, share ideas for breaking the ceiling, and practice making a one-minute case explaining how achieving women’s equity benefits everyone.

Workshop 9: Understanding Disability & Advancing Access
Friday. October 25
Griggs Center
9:00am-12:00pm
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Our world is becoming increasingly rich and complex as more and more individuals become open about the challenges they face as people with disabilities. Whether the barrier is physical, academic, employment-related, or attitudinal, we are all responsible for understanding how barriers diminish access for some University community members. In this workshop, participants learn strategies for advancing access for everyone on our campuses.

Workshop 10: GLBTQ Identities and Communities
Friday. October 25
Griggs Center
1:00pm-4:00pm
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In discussions of “diversity,” not everyone recognizes that gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are important points of cultural difference that merit recognition and voice. Members of the University who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer often face isolation, silence, and invisibility. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn about GLBTQ identities and communities, and to identify strategies they can employ to create a more open and welcoming campus climate.


For more information, please visit Equity and Diversity Certificate Program.

Contact Anne Phibbs (phib0001@umn.edu or 612-625-9973) with questions about the Certificate.

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