Virtual Professional Development Series Summer 2020

The Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion is now offering a great way to boost your knowledge, awareness, and skills for enhancing diversity & inclusion while you are working from home.  This virtual summer series is open to all faculty and staff employed in the entire UM System, so it is also an opportunity to meet people and expand your network across the state.

  • Registration is required. You can sign up for any or all of the sessions offered. 
  • All sessions take place on Zoom and require a web cam to participate. You can download the Zoom app on your phone if your computer does not have a webcam.
  • Participants who attend all three parts of each a series will earn a digital badge.

Words have the power to hurt us, as well as to make us feel empowered and give us a sense of belonging. Since we strive for a culture of inclusion, it is important that we are conscious of the language that we use in talking about or describing people in terms of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc. However, because language is always evolving and there is not necessarily a ‘one size fits all’ preference of terminology, speaking about people in a respectful way requires a willingness to learn, to ask questions, to make mistakes, and to ask for help. This series will provide you with an opportunity to learn about currently appropriate terminology as well as the reasoning behind why these terms are generally preferred. This will be a safe space to ask questions, voice concerns, and share your experiences.

Part 1:  Focus on Disability
Presented with April Regester, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Special Education, UMSL College of Education
          Option 1
: Wednesday, May 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, May 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Part 2:  Focus on LGBTQ
Presented with Harry Hawkins, M.S., LGBTQ+ Coordinator, Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives-UMSL Division of Student Affairs and Lynn M. Staley, Ph.D., Teaching Professor, Department of English, Specialist in Gender and Interdisciplinary Studies.
          Option 1: Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, May 29, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Part 3:  Focus on Race/Ethnicity
Presented with Ashlee Roberts, Ph.D., Associate Director, UMSL Office of Student Involvement  
          Option 1: Wednesday, June 3, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Everyone has biases; some are conscious, 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, including how we evaluate, who we hire, who we mentor, how we provide customer service, etc. Therefore, being able to recognize our unconscious biases and not act upon them is a key competence area anyone who is concerned with fairness and equity in the workplace. In this series, participants will a) learn the function and dysfunction of biases b) understand some of the ways that biases play out in decision-making and d) explore strategies for overriding biases in daily life and in decision-making.

Part 1: Introduction to Unconscious Bias
          Option 1:
Wednesday, June 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, June 12, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Part 2: The Impact of Unconscious Bias on decision-making and evaluations
          Option 1:
Wednesday, June 17, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, June 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Part 3: Mitigating and Overriding Unconscious Bias
          Option 1:
Wednesday, June 24, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, June 26, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This session is now full.
Click here to add your name to the waitlist.

Diversity is not a destination; it is a journey and a process. The road to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive campus and society is neither smooth nor straight. We have already been traveling this road for decades and much progress has been made. However, this is a never-ending journey because the landscape is always changing; there is no clear path and sometimes we have trouble seeing the road due to the fog of privilege, bias, and stereotypes; and there are also structural obstacles blocking the road. The Traffic Light Model for Diversity Competence offers three critical skills sets for moving forward on this journey together.

Part 1: Red Lights skills for putting a stop to Microaggressions and other oppressive behaviors
          Option 1: Wednesday, July 8, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, July 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Part 2: Yellow Lights Skills for slowing down when encountering cultural differences
          Option 1: Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, July 17, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Part 3: Green Lights Skills for moving forward towards Inclusive Excellence
          Option 1: 
Wednesday, July 22, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Option 2: Friday, July 24, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This session is now full.
Click here to add your name to the waitlist.