Professional Development Series for Faculty and  Staff

This series of workshops provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to develop foundational knowledge, awareness, and skills that they can put into action to help make UMSL an even more welcoming and inclusive workplace and campus environment. 

The event is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

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The purpose of this session is to provide participants with some foundational concepts related to creating an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive. In this session, participants will a) gain a nuanced understanding of the various meanings of, and the potential impact of, diversity in higher education and the workplace, b) gain an understanding of the new inclusive excellence framework, c) explore the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships, and d) learn some critical concepts for improving workplace relationships, practices, and culture.

Option 1 – Friday, January 24, 2020 from 1:30 –3:00- p.m. in TLC Boeing Room - CANCELLED

Option 2 – Friday, January 31, 2020 from 10:00 -11:30- a.m. in 101 Woods Hall

This interactive session takes the conversation on implicit bias in a new direction. Often times, we discuss implicit bias in terms of how it impacts the way we perceive and treat others. In this session, we will explore how biases can be internalized in the form of stereotype threat and imposter syndrome. We’ll discuss what these terms mean, the negative impact that they can have, and strategies to overcome them within ourselves, and ways to avoid triggering them in others. This is an introductory level workshop for those unfamiliar with these concepts or those who want to discuss them with their peers in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

Option 1 – Friday, February 14, 2020 from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. in 101 Woods Hall

Option 2 – Friday, February 21, 2020 from 1:30 –3:00 p.m. in TLC Boeing Room

Everyone has biases; some are conscious and some are unconscious. Our biases about other people may positively or negatively influence our thoughts, actions, and opinions.  When it comes to workplace activities and relationships, these biases can influence decisions in ways that we may not be aware of. Therefore, being able to recognize our unconscious biases and not act upon them is a key competence area for managers, supervisors, and anyone else who is concerned with fairness and equity in the workplace.  In this session, participants will a) gain a basic understanding of the neuroscience of bias b) learn some of the ways that biases play out in the workplace c) explore various types of bias, and d) strategize ways to override biases in decision making.

Option 1 – Friday, March 6, 2020 from 1:30 –3:00- p.m. in TLC Boeing Room

Option 2 – Friday, March 13, 2020 from 10:00 -11:30- a.m. in 101 Woods Hall

Microaggressions are subtle, frequent, and often unintentional comments and behaviors that demean individuals and groups based on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, disability, etc. They can have a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental well-being, as well as their ability to fully engage as members of any working or learning community.  In this session, participants will a) learn to recognize microaggressions, b) understand the issue of intent vs. impact, c) increase awareness in order to avoid making unintentional microaggressions, and d) learn strategies for addressing and confronting microaggressions. By building our awareness and skills in dealing with microaggressions, we can work towards a more inclusive learning and working environment for everyone.

Option 1 – Friday, March 20, 2020 from 1:30 –3:00- p.m.
(now being held via Zoom, you will receive a link in an Outlook invite a few days ahead of the session).

Option 2 - Friday, March 27, 2020 from 10:00 -11:30- a.m.
(now being held via Zoom, you will receive a link in an Outlook invite a few days ahead of the session).

We are all taught to read and write, but how many of us are taught to listen? Many of us might consider ourselves good listeners and yet both research and human experience show that misunderstanding and misinterpretation are all too common. Active listening skills can help us resolve conflicts more effectively; build trust with employees, colleagues, and students; enhance customer service; and improve both personal and professional relationships. In this interactive session, participants will a) explore the challenges and importance of active listening b) learn the 12 Communication Blockers and when to avoid them c) become aware of perceptual filters that may get in the way of understanding what is being said, and d) learn and practice 3 key active listening skills.

Option 1 – Friday, April 10, 2020 from 10:00 -11:30- a.m.
(now being held via Zoom, you will receive a link in an Outlook invite a few days ahead of the session).

Option 2 – Friday, April 17 2020 from 1:30 –3:00- p.m.
(now being held via Zoom, you will receive a link in an Outlook invite a few days ahead of the session).

As our neighborhoods and workplaces become increasingly diverse, an understanding of culture and its effect on communication and conflict is more important than ever. In this session, participants will a) gain an increased understanding of the concept of culture, b) explore the impact on values, perceptions, and behaviors c) learn a framework for cultural competence and how it applies to your work environment.

Option 1 – Friday, May 1, 2020 from 1:30 –3:00- p.m. in TLC Boeing Room

Option 2 – Friday, May 8, 2020 from 10:00 -11:30- a.m. in J.C. Penney?