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DEI Course Offerings

LSA DEI Courses

DEI courses currently offered to LSA staff are listed below. New courses 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

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.

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 Britney Underwood at britneyu@umich.edu to enroll.

Length: 2 hours

Collaborating Office: Office for Institutional Equity

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.

Business Case for Diversity

What is diversity? Why does it matter? And how can we increase it and keep it?

This session will use examples from businesses, the military and other entities, while also highlighting cutting edge research that prove the value of diversity.

You will learn to:

  • Recognize the various forms diversity takes within the workplace
  • Discuss the value and positive impact that leveraging diversity in the workplace can bring.
  • Identify tools to maintain diversity in the work environment

You will benefit by:

  • Gaining skills to put together a plan to incorporate diversity in your workplace
  • Maintaining diversity through employee-friendly practices that improve the workplace

Length: 1.5 hours

Collaborating Office: Office for Institutional Equity

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.

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 Britney Underwood at britneyu@umich.edu to enroll.

Empowerment Self-Defense

This self-defense workshop takes a holistic approach to self-defense, emphasizing awareness and assertiveness skills as well as physical and verbal strategies to counter violence. The goal is to leave you better equipped to deal with everything from harassment to potentially violent people to sexual assault. You will be armed with options to physically defend yourself in the event that unforeseen, dangerous circumstances arise.

Audience: This is not a martial arts course and everyone is welcome to attend, no matter your fitness level or experience with self-defense skills.

Length: 2 hours

Collaborating Office: Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)

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.

Ground Defense Session

This self-defense workshop takes a holistic approach to self-defense, emphasizing awareness and assertiveness skills as well as physical and verbal strategies to counter violence from the ground. This particular workshop will solely focus on ground defenses or ground fighting. The student will practice how to properly fall to avoid injury if knocked to the ground.

Audience: This is not a martial arts course and everyone is welcome to attend, no matter your fitness level or experience with self-defense skills.

Length: 2 hours

Collaborating Office: Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)

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.

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 Britney Underwood at britneyu@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.

Intercultural Responsiveness: 2ools and Tips

This is a follow-up session to the Intercultural Responsiveness Workshop.

Dig deeper into the topic of intercultural responsiveness by learning about techniques to identify and address biases that affect our judgment and decision-making.

Benefits of attending this session include:

  • Understanding how to identify ways that implicit bias impacts us and how to address it
  • Expanding on the six patterns of the unconscious and discussing applicable work scenarios
  • Exploring ways in which you can create a more inclusive environment
  • Learning methods to differentiate stereotypes from generalizations

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 Britney Underwood at britneyu@umich.edu to enroll.

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.

Unleashing the Power of Gratitude

What impact does gratitude have on our mental and physical health?

Gratitude can improve relationships, help us cope with everyday stress, and increase our ability to feel more loving and forgiving. Research shows that this amazing virtue can also bring happiness, reduce anxiety and depression, and help us to sleep better.

In this interactive presentation you will hear about what gratitude can do for you, including specific and detailed steps to incorporate more gratitude in your life.

Length: 1.5 hours

Collaborating Office: The Center for Positive Organizations

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.

A Workshop on Power, Privilege, and Status

Imagine waking up wealthy tomorrow, with no need to work unless you wanted to. Or looking in the mirror and seeing the fittest, healthiest, most attractive person you can imagine. Now imagine you didn’t have to expend any time or energy to achieve these things—wouldn’t that be wonderful?

If we’re being honest, we all desire power and status in some respect, but not everyone is born with these privileges. While most of us will work hard to achieve higher status in our lifetimes, the majority of us have also accepted we can only aspire to a certain level of status because of things beyond our control.

Join us as we learn about power and privilege, how privilege is distributed in our society, and how it can help or hurt our chances of achieving our goals. We’ll talk about the barriers we each confront and how can we start dismantling barriers to things including education, wealth, and personal well-being so we all have a fair chance at success.

You will learn to:

  • Define power and privilege in the context of real world examples
  • Understand how privilege is linked to oppression
  • Consider the many aspects to your identity and the identities of those around you that affect experiences of power and privilege
  • Discuss power and privilege in an open and respectful way
  • Create positive change in your workplace and other settings by applying strategies that challenge entrenched systems and ideas that grant unearned privileges and perpetuate oppression.

You will benefit by:

  • Better understanding how your identity affects the opportunities and challenges you confront in life
  • Gaining perspective about the experiences of people from different identity groups
  • Acquiring tips and tools to address unhealthy power dynamics in your workplace and society
  • Learning how to identify and talk about power, privilege, and oppression to positively influence workplace decisions

Audience: Any and all LSA staff members will benefit from participating in this session and are welcome to join us.

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.