Staff & Faculty Workshops

OED has also developed faculty- and staff-specific workshops, which are listed below. Faculty, instructors, and staff can sign up for the sessions below via the ULearn System.  For more information about these workshops, contact Wendy Weimerskirch Plager at OEDed@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.

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.

  • *No workshops currently scheduled*

Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees

Departments across the University of Minnesota hire new faculty each year.  The university is committed to increasing diversity among its faculty, and this includes hiring faculty of color and female faculty in disciplines where they are underrepresented.  The presence of implicit bias in faculty search committees can inhibit this goal.  This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize short 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 faculty search committees.  Faculty and staff participants of departmental search processes are invited to participate in this workshop.

  • *No workshops currently schedule*

Teaching with Intention: Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom

Most instructors are adept at handling conversations dealing with their content areas.  But when conversations become more challenging, particularly around topics some find controversial and even "off topic," how can we facilitate in such a way as to increase learning?  In this workshop, instructors will learn strategies for addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, among others that may arise, in order to support classroom community and promote inclusive teaching.

  • *No workshops currently scheduled*