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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 Ralph Blanco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-8680.
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 only open to students, faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. Workshops 1 - 10 below 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 Ralph Blanco (email@example.com or 612-625-8680) with questions about the Certificate, or visit our Certificate Program webpage.
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Instructions for U of M STUDENTS:
OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity
May 20, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, President’s Room (332), Coffman Union
May 26, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
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 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity
June 2, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Founders Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
June 4, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
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 3: Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees
June 10, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Founders Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
June 11, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
Most work in support of equity and diversity involves working closely with others, either in formal diversity committees or in informal groups of like-minded people. But shared commitment to equity and diversity values is not always enough to get people working effectively together. This workshop explores how groups and committees can be particularly effective on issues of equity and diversity and offers participants strategies for success.
OED Certificate Workshop 4: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity
June 15, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
June 17, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Founders Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
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 5: Engaging Universal Design Concepts to Increase Access and Inclusion
June 24, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
July 1, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Founders Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
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 inclusivity of their own spaces, products, and communities.
OED Certificate Workshop 6: Educating about Equity and Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations
July 7, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
August 11, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, President’s Room (332), Coffman Union
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 workshop offers each participant an opportunity to develop these educational skills.
OED Certificate Workshop 7: Race, Racism, and Privilege
June 17, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
August 4, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, President’s Room (332), Coffman Union
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 8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity
July 30, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
August 5, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, President’s Room (332), Coffman Union
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.
OED Certificate Workshop 9: Understanding Disability & Advancing Access
July 8, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
August 6, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, President’s Room (332), Coffman Union
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 10: GLBTQ Identities and Communities
July 28, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
August 13, 2015: 8:30 - 11:30 AM, President’s Room (332), Coffman Union
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.
ADDITIONAL OED WORKSHOPS
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.
Diversity Recruitment Source Database
This database is a repository of diversity recruitment sources that can be used when conducting searches at the University of Minnesota.
Additional University Training
Organizational Effectiveness, within the Office of Human Resources, offers a
variety of programs and services designed to build job skills and enhance
The Center for Teaching and Learning enriches the professional growth of
faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants through programs,
services, and resources that promote significant learning experiences for
For more information on OED-wide programming, please visit the following websites:
Business and Community Economic Development
Disability Resource Center
Diversity in Graduate Education
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office
Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA)
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence