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DEI Courses for Staff

LSA DEI Workshops

DEI workshops currently offered to LSA faculty and staff are listed below. New workshops are in red.

Allyhood Development Training

The Spectrum Center’s LGBTQ+ Allyhood Development Training Program, started in 2005, seeks to support an individual or organization’s process of development as it relates to LGBTQ+ inclusivity and advocacy. Allyhood Development Training (ADT) uses a social justice framework to illustrate the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ identified people to workshop participants. 

Topics include:

  • social identities
  • LGBTQ+ terminology 
  • active bystander intervention strategies 
  • practice utilizing the day’s knowledge and skills in real-life scenarios

Through active engagement in the training, participants will grow in their personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions as they relate to their engagement in doing ally work. The purpose of having the Allyhood Development Training is to promote a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Length: 6 hours (including a 1-hour lunch break)

Collaborating Office: The Spectrum Center

All About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accommodations

In an inclusive environment, it is important to know the best ways to communicate with and about individuals with disabilities. This session will help you understand how to best serve individuals with disabilities and review inclusive language to use in everyday life.  This session will also review how to provide accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the impact of language as it pertains to the topic of disability
  • Review specific tips for communicating with individuals with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are blind or have low vision
  • Determine when your own unintentional biases and assumptions concerning individuals with disabilities are interfering with your ability to provide quality service
  • Use appropriate questions in order to determine whether an individual with a disability requires assistance or an accommodation
  • Identify ways to better help individuals with disabilities, including those who are accompanied by service animals
  • Learn about providing and receiving accommodations

Participants will benefit by:

  • Recognizing how to appropriately and effectively engage with co-workers, members of the public, and others who may have a disabilityUnderstanding how to best serve individuals with disabilities
  • Learning inclusive language and practices to use in everyday lifeLearning to engage in the interactive process and provide accommodations

Audience:This session is open to all LSA Staff. Graduate and undergraduate student staff should contact Mikalia Dennis at mikaliad@umich.edu to enroll.

Length: 2 hours

Collaborating Office: Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)

 

To register for a regularly scheduled session open to LSA staff please visit DEI Events.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

Allies at Work

This program has been modified to deliver in a remote setting and updated to include content directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please direct any questions or accommodation requests to LSA DEI Coordinator, Mikalia Dennis (mikaliad@umich.edu) as soon as possible.


In this session, participants will learn: 

  • The role of allies in creating inclusive environments and creating change
  • The best practices for being an allyHow to apply these best practices in a work environment
  • To identify unique obstacles towards being an ally in a remote working environment
  • To challenge their own practices to be more intentional and effective allies

You will benefit by:

  • Raising self-awareness and initiating new actions
  • Enhancing your professional and personal effectiveness on and off the job
  • Positively influencing personal and organizational decisions
  • Creating stronger and more positive work relationships with others

Length: 1.5 hours

Audience: This session is open to all LSA Staff.


Upcoming LSA DEI events sponsored by the DEI Office are listed here.

Change It Up!

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community.

You will learn to:

  • Identify self-awareness and social responsibility as qualities of strong personal leadership
  • Discuss your own and others’ identities and experiences
  • Determine the various options for effectively intervening during a negative situation
  • Develop your ability to assess which intervention option is based on the situation
  • Discuss and practice how to leverage bystander intervention skills within their campus communities

You will benefit by:

  • Receiving high impact learning through educational theater
  • Increasing your motivation to intervene in harmful situations
  • Gaining ability to assess the effectiveness of multiple options for intervention
  • Expanding your skills and confidence to successfully intervene in harmful situations

Note: The content in this program has been used for student groups across campus and is now being offered for University of Michigan faculty and staff. Through the use of educational theater, Change it Up! provides opportunities for participants to discuss and practice how to leverage bystander intervention skills within their campus communities.

Length: 2 hours

Collaborating Office: Student Life/ The Spectrum Center/ Organizational Learning

To register for a regularly scheduled session please visit the Organizational Learning website.

Diversity 101

In order to have meaningful, productive conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must start with a common language. This session will provide an introduction to key terminology as well as the categories and labels we use to describe others and ourselves. We will also examine how our identities shape the way we enter the world and our interactions with each other. Emphasis will be placed on using our identities to help us understand the identities and experiences of others.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify the benefits of inclusive environments
  • Review key terminology related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Reflect on the origin of identities, their intersectionality, and their meanings
  • Use our own identities as a window to understanding the identities of others to build more authentic, empathic relationships

Audience: This session is open to all LSA Staff. Graduate and undergraduate student staff should contact Mikalia Dennis at mikaliad@umich.edu to enroll.

Length: 2 hours

 

To register for a regularly scheduled session open to LSA staff please visit DEI Events.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu

Give it. Get it. Expect Respect.

High quality relationships are born and sustained in an environment of respect. Respect provides the safety needed to grow trust in relationships. Where there is trust, individuals are free to step into their higher capacities, create together what has not existed before and are more inclined to willingly and graciously tend to the needs of others; be it their students, families or co-workers.

What you will learn:

This presentation will renew the concept of respect for individuals and provide tools to practice respect everyday. The LARA method of effective listening and communication in conversations will be introduced.

Length: 2 hours

 

Upcoming LSA DEI events sponsored by the DEI Office are listed here.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

Hiring Involvement in Recruiting For Equity, Diversity, & INclusion (HIRED-IN)

In this session, participants will:

  • Increase awareness of how implicit bias can show up during the hiring process
  • Gain an awareness of the importance of consistent guidelines, evaluation and candidate experience
  • Discuss equitable hiring conventions
  • Increase knowledge regarding affirmative action goals
  • Learn about resources that exist in LSA and on campus

Audience:
This course is required for all staff who are involved in the staff recruiting and selection process for LSA.
 

Implicit Bias

In this session, participants will learn to:

  • Examine your own background and identities and how these identities shape our experiences and perspectives
  • Discuss how the brain functions, and relate how unconscious bias is a natural function of the human mind
  • Identify patterns of unconscious bias that influence decision-making processes
  • Confront internal biases and practice conscious awareness
  • Review strategies to create transformational change in the workplace

You will benefit by:

  • Raising self-awareness, sparking conversation with others and initiating new actions
  • Enhancing your professional and personal effectiveness on and off the job
  • Positively influencing personal and organizational decisions
  • Creating stronger and more positive work relationships with others

Audience: This session is open to all LSA Staff. Graduate and undergraduate student staff should contact Mikalia Dennis at mikaliad@umich.edu to enroll.

Length: 2 hours

 

To register for a regularly scheduled session open to LSA staff, please visit DEI Events.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

Intercultural Responsiveness Workshop

Come and learn about how our unconscious biases affect how we communicate. There are many different work and communication styles, and we’ll all be more successful if we understand how to effectively interact with people whose styles differ from our own.

What is the benefit of attending?

  • Be made aware of how our unconscious biases affect how we communicate
  • Understand and appreciate different work and communication styles
  • Learn how national, organizational, and individual cultural values and beliefs influence personal behaviors and attitudes
  • Engage in candid discussion about taboo topics and about diversity, equity, and inclusion in today’s society
  • Participate in activities and dialogue to raise your intercultural awareness!

Length: 2 hours

 

Upcoming LSA DEI events sponsored by the DEI Office are listed here.
To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

Intro to Stress Management

This presentation provides an introductory overview of stress management techniques that can be used in daily life. Participants will practice specific stress management techniques in the class and will be encouraged to select some of these techniques for active implementation in their personal and professional lives. The format is informal, practical and interactive.

Length: 1 hour

Collaborating Office: Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Services (FASCCO)

 

Upcoming LSA DEI events sponsored by the DEIC Office are listed here.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

The Microaggression Session

Microaggressions are verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights. They can be overt, subtle or unintentional, have become a huge area of concern. Whether one believes this phenomenon is real, perceived, or a made up term for invalid experiences, you all will benefit from this session.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn about "microaggressions" and other concepts relevant to this topic
  • Obtain an understanding of the social and psychological impacts of microaggressions
  • Engage in activities and dialogue to unveil microaggressions within the workplace
  • Validate experiences with microaggressions
  • Identify and discuss techniques to combat microaggressions, as a bystander or as a recipient

Audience: This session is open to all LSA Staff. It is recommended that participants complete a course on Implicit Bias before taking this session. Graduate and undergraduate student staff should contact Mikalia Dennis at mikaliad@umich.edu to enroll.

Length: 2 hours

 

To register for a regularly scheduled session open to LSA staff, please visit DEI Events.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Creating an Emotionally Healthy Work Environment

Do you know that an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime? Given that you, a family member or a coworker might be that one individual, perhaps you can benefit from a better understanding of how mental and emotional health conditions impact the work environment and what factors constitute a mental health-friendly work environment.

Join us to discuss these issues and learn about the workplace programs and resources available to UM faculty and staff who experience mental health conditions.

Length: 1 hour

Collaborating Office: Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Services (FASCCO)

 

Upcoming LSA DEI events sponsored by the DEI Office are listed here.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.

Work-Life Balance

In line with our mission to develop a workplace culture that is supportive of all personal and family life, this session covers important topics such as the work-life conflict, why finding a balance is important, the signs of stress, how to prioritize tasks, and tips and tools to find such balance in and outside of work. Information about lactation support for new moms on campus is also included in this session.

Length: 1 hour

Collaborating Office: Work-Life Resource Center

 

Upcoming LSA DEI events sponsored by the DEI Office are listed here.

To request a private or customized session, please email: LSA-DEI-OFFICE@umich.edu.