Education and Training
Diversity, inclusion, and equity education and training are an essential part of building awareness and a cohesive work environment and are offered throughout the calendar year. These skill-building opportunities are designed to inspire sensitivity and increase awareness. In addition, they are utilized to inform the community about Affirmative Action and compliance practices at the University.
Required Online Education
Faculty & Staff
A new required online learning series called the Diversity Learning Series has launched. It focuses on implicit bias as well as harassment and discrimination. The series is part of a wide-spread effort to affirm a strong commitment to be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsive organization at every level. Learn more >>
All new students to the University are required to take an online course around the topic of sexual misconduct prevention. The course, which uses videos, interactive modules, and scenarios helps participants learn key information regarding the University of Rochester’s policies and resources related to this topic and teaches practical skills to identify problematic behavior and safely intervene to ensure it does not continue. If you are a new student to the University and have questions about how to access this course, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Online Education
The following can be found in MyPath:
Online Curriculum for Self-Study
Faculty & Staff
- From Conflict to Conversation
- Cultural Awareness and Diversity: A Gardener’s Tale, reading and post-test
- Cultural Awareness and Diversity: Implicit Association Test, website and post-test (10-15 min)
- Cultural Awareness and Diversity: Microaggression, reading and post-test
- All students who completed the initial online sexual misconduct course are invited to participate in the Ongoing Sexual Assault Prevention course. This course builds upon the content introduced in the mandatory training with a particular focus on respectful and healthy relationships. Students who wish to take this course can access the course here: https://shib.everfi.net/login/default.aspx?id=rochestersapo ). You will need to login with your NetID credentials.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: This online course is designed to empower students to learn how to be an effective ally, identify and deconstruct personal biases, and develop self-care strategies. The course also reinforces vocabulary that reflect the values of the University of Rochester community.
The following courses are available via MyPath. Visit http://mypath.rochester.edu and select “Browse for Training” or enter the name of the course in the search bar.
- Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice
- Making Invisible Influencers Visible, Cook Ross (30 min)
- Cultural Competency in Healthcare e-Learning, Cook Ross (1 hour, 30 min)
- Communicating With Influence
- From Conflict to Conversation
- Policy on Minimum Standards for Programs for Minors and Children
- Time Management: Gaining Efficiency, Improving Your Skills
Ongoing In-Person Opportunities
Conversations on Managing Bias
In relation to the required online learning module, post-online sessions will be hosted for the Fall 2018 semester. This experience creates an opportunity to define unconscious and implicit bias and begin to consider ways to mitigate bias in the workplace. Sessions are sixty minutes and promote the following goals:
- Exposure and increase awareness of bias; its foundation and how it is manifested
- Promote inter-school/university dialogue for deeper learning after self-reflection
- Consider how to personalize the material and create shared experiences amongst colleagues
Implicit Bias and Micro-Aggressions
Through experiential learning, participants will explore how unconscious bias, a natural part of the human experience, impacts their decision making within the workplace. Participants will be exposed to the concept of unconscious bias and how it may impact their own interpretations of information and the ways in which they individually see the world. Learn more >>
Racial Equity Learning Series
Belief systems, which inform policy and law, can contribute to and perpetuate injustice. This injustice rests on unconscious and conscious beliefs about who matters in society and who does not. In order to make right what is inherently wrong, collective action is required. By working with art, film clips and other activities participants will learn the importance of framing an issue with a racial equity lens and practice it. Sixty minute sessions will be facilitated by School of Nursing Diversity & Inclusion Council members and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity. Learn more >>
Diversity Seminar Series
The Diversity Seminar Series is an ACCME accredited series of workshops and lectures developed annually for the benefit of faculty, residents, fellows, students, nurses, social workers and other staff. The series is designed to help participants understand cultural perspectives that may impact patient care, education and research. This will enable them to improve their own teaching, patient care and research relative to diverse populations. In addition, the series aims to help people develop strategies for personal development, mentoring and academic career planning.
Defined as a lifelong process of self-reflection and critique, cultural humility is a philosophy that empowers individuals to effectively engage in interpersonal relationships that are dynamically diverse and mutually respectful even when challenging. Cultural humility provides a framework for individuals to increase their understanding of the significant funds of knowledge that exists within each person’s cultural backgrounds and identities. Unlike cultural competence, cultural humility is an ongoing process in which individuals expand their capacity for learning, listening, and understanding, regardless of the length of time they have spent relating to cultures other than their own. By deepening their cultural humility, individuals are then able to recognize and actively deconstruct existing power imbalances within their immediate social and organizational structures and rebuild structures in which cultural humility is practiced and modeled. To learn more, please contact Kristin Hocker.
The Safe Space program addresses ways to reduce homophobia and heterosexism to make our institution a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The program consists of three classes: Safe Space Part I: Foundations of Being an Ally, Safe Space Part II: Inclusive Practices for Allies, and a new course entitled Trans 101: which focuses specifically on identifying inclusive practices that are necessary for supporting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. All Safe Space classes are conducted by University staff and faculty who are trained Safe Space facilitators.
Education and Training Events
MyPath in-person training opportunities (not offered on a regular schedule)
- Working Alongside Veterans and the Reintegration Process (1 hour, 30 min): Facts and Myths about: Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, Moral Injury and Veteran Supports and Resources in the Community. (Search MyPath for the course to find out contact details.)
- Generation Differences (1 hour): We live and work in a culture where work life balance is an elusive ideal that is often a struggle to obtain. This talk will examine our current perspective on work life balance and what we can learn from the Millennial generation’s cutting edge ideas on what true work life balance can look like. Topics will include flexible schedules, making friends with technology, and pursuing your dreams. (Search MyPath for the course to find out contact details.)
- More coming soon…
An approach to organize a mediation between parties who have been harmed and those who have caused harm, and sometimes with representatives of a wider community as well. Using the principles: inclusive decision-making; active accountability; repairing harm; and rebuilding trust, restorative practices are rooted in rebuilding harmonious community. Learn more >>
Theatre and Medicine: Theatre of the Oppressed
Forum theatre, which uses theatre to help facilitate cultural change. Activities allow participants to act out scenes and watch scenes unfold with the intent of stopping and changing the performance when persons experience issues related to bias and social justice. Learn more >>