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 rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680.

CERTIFICATE WORKSHOPS

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 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 (rblanco@umn.edu 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:
  • If you are NOT currently employed in any capacity by the University of Minnesota, please download and follow these instructions to register for the Certificate Workshops.
  • After creating an account, you must log-in to the ULearn system via this URL: https://umn.csod.com.
  • Specific registration links are provided below.

 

 

 

OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity

*More workshops coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 1 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 2 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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?


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 3: Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 3 session

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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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 4: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 4 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 5: Engaging Universal Design Concepts to Increase Access and Inclusion

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 5 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 6: Educating about Equity and Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 6 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 7: Race, Racism, and Privilege

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 7 session

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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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity

*More workshps coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 8 session

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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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 9: Understanding Disability & Advancing Access

April 25, 2014:  8:30 – 11:30 AM, Minnesota Commons Room, St. Paul Student Center

Click here to register for a Workshop 9 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

OED Certificate Workshop 10: GLBTQ Identities and Communities

*More workshops coming in the summer.  You can find a "Notify me of new sessions" link in ULearn by clicking on the registration link below.

Click here to register for a Workshop 10 session

Click here to register if you created a ULearn account (Students)

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.


Audience: All members of the U community

 

ADDITIONAL OED WORKSHOPS

EOAA Workshops

GLBTA Programs Office Workshops

Women's Center Workshops

 


Online Resources

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
professional development.

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
students.

 


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

Business and Community Economic Development
Conflict Resolution
Disability Services
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
Women's Center

 

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