Workshops and Trainings

The Office for Equity and Diversity offers educational opportunities for individuals, departments, colleges, and units. Workshops focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. They can also be customized for individual unit needs and concerns.

For more information or to request a disability-related accommodation for any OED Certificate workshop (please allow two weeks advance notice), contact Wendy at or 612-624-0594.

EOAA Workshops Gender & Sexuality Center Workshops Women's Center Workshops Implicit Bias in Staff Searches Workshops

Faculty Development Workshops

Online Resources Additional University Training



The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. These workshops count toward the Equity and Diversity Certificate and will be offered every semester as well as during the summer on the Twin Cities campus. Contact Wendy ( or 612-624-0594) with questions about the Certificate.

For more information visit our Certificate Program webpage.

Click here to add the OED Certificate Workshops calendar to your Google Calendar.  (NOTE: You must be logged in to your UMN Google Account for these calendar options to function properly.)



Please note that we will be transitioning to a new registration system for our Summer 2018 workshops.
The registration links, unfortunately, will not be available until May/June. Click on the link below to sign-up to be notified when you can register:



If you are NOT currently employed in any capacity by the University of Minnesota,
please utilize this link to create a ULearn Account before registering.


OED Certificate Workshop: My Role in the Work of Equity and Diversity
  • NOTE: Still listed as "Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity" in ULearn

*Sign-up to be notified of Summer 2018 workshops here


If “Diversity is Everybody’s Everyday Work,” then where do I fit in? How can I be part of this work if I never thought these issues were “my issues”? This workshop introduces participants to the concept of being an ally. Participants explore how it’s possible, and why it’s necessary, to work toward access, inclusion, and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and community members, and for greater equity in all parts of our institution—even from our positions of privilege.


OED Certificate Workshop: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity

*Sign-up to be notified of Summer 2018 workshops here

This workshop explores leadership in both traditional and nontraditional contexts, as well as both personally and institutionally. We ask: how can I leverage what formal and informal power I have to move equity and diversity work forward – in my workplace and in other parts of my life? What do I need to be a leader, and what will it mean to see myself as a leader on these issues? What will it take for my unit/department/college/university to be seen as a leader on issues of equity and diversity?


OED Certificate Workshop: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity

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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.


OED Certificate Workshop: Engaging Inclusive Design Concepts to Increase Access

February 28, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)

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Growing out of a movement to increase access for people with disabilities, the term "inclusive 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 inclusive design and are given opportunities to assess the inclusivity of their own spaces, products, and communities.


OED Certificate Workshop: Facilitating Challenging Conversations

March 8, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Northrop Auditorium, Founders Room (260)
April 10, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)

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This workshop 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 workshop offers each participant an opportunity to develop these educational skills.


OED Certificate Workshop: Addressing Religious and Spiritual Identities in a Public Context

March 22, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)
April 11, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Northrop Auditorium, Founders Room (260)

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For many people, religion and spirituality are deeply personal, and create values that offer a sense of purpose and community.  However, in public contexts, religion may be seen as either impolite to talk about or as dangerously divisive.  In this workshop, we will explore how religious, spiritual, and humanist identities interact with other social identities in a historical and modern context shaped by power and privilege, and address the complexity of balancing religious and spiritual expression with the separation of church and state within a public context.


OED Certificate Workshop: Race, Racism, and Privilege

April 19, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Northrop Auditorium, Founders Room (260)
April 25, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)

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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.


OED Certificate Workshop: Understanding and Advancing Gender Equity 
  • NOTE: Still listed as "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity" in ULearn

April 3, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)
May 8, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Northrop Auditorium, Founders Room (260)

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The media makes it sound like women have reached equality. What's the truth?  In this interactive workshop, increase your knowledge of women’s status today, learn why gender equity benefits everyone, and share ideas for advancing equity.


OED Certificate Workshop: Exploring Ableism, Advancing Access: Moving Toward Disability Justice 
  • NOTE: Still listed as "Understanding Disability & Advancing Access" in ULearn

March 21, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)
April 24, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Northrop Auditorium, Founders Room (260)

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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.


OED Certificate Workshop: LGBTQIA Identities and Communities

March 27, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Northrop Auditorium, Founders Room (260)
April 18, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)

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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, intersex, asexual, and/or queer often face isolation, silence, and invisibility. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn about LGBTQIA identities and communities, and to identify strategies they can employ to create a more open and welcoming campus climate.


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Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Staff Searches

Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly hire new staff. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, and this includes hiring staff of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines where they are underrepresented. The presence of implicit bias in staff searches can inhibit this goal. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of staff search committees and hires made by individual supervisors. Faculty and staff participants of departmental search processes are invited to participate in this workshop.

  • March 26, 2018: 2:30 - 4:00 PM, Founder's Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    Register Here
  • May 1, 2018: 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
    Register Here

For Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees training, visit our Faculty Development page.  


Equity and Diversity in the Search Process Toolkit
Ensuring equity and diversity in the search process is essential for increasing the diversity of candidate pools for positions, and ultimately the diversity of the University community. EOAA created this online toolkit to help guide the process.

Instructor Training Resources from the Disability Resource Center (DRC)
As a University of Minnesota instructor, do you sometimes struggle to figure out how to best serve students with disabilities in your courses? Do you sometimes wonder what is "required" and whether you have to do everything that a student asks you to do?


Leadership and Talent Development, within the Office of Human Resources, offers research-based programs and services to support leadership among faculty and staff throughout the University.

The Center for Educational Innovation supports faculty, instructors, and academic leaders as they design innovative curricula, explore research-based pedagogies, and create high quality learning environments online and in person.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offers an Intercultural Workshop series.  Each session helps UMN staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty.

For more information on OED-wide programming, please visit the following websites:

Business and Community Economic Development
Conflict Resolution
Disability Resource Center
Diversity in Graduate Education
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA)
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
Women's Center


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