Training & Education

The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) offers educational and learning opportunities for all students, faculty and staff at West Chester University (WCU). In accordance with the University’s strategic plan, it is our intent to foster a campus environment that invites all community members to build upon their awareness, skills, and competencies related to diversity and inclusion topic areas. ODEI works collaboratively with campus partners to provide consultation, resources, and support toward the advancement and sustainability of a positive campus climate for all.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the topic areas and learning opportunities that we can provide:

  • Unconscious Bias
  • Race/Color
  • Ethnicity
  • Culture
  • Class
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Microaggressions
  • Religion
  • Search Committee Orientations (Process, Recruitment & Hiring)
  • Disabilities
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • and much more…

The following learning opportunities below address both individual behaviors and University policies that can impact an environment of opportunity and success for all members of the WCU community. Participants will leave these workshops with an increased awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion to an environment of academic and workplace success, as well as tools and strategies to effectively maximize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registration for all workshops is facilitated on a first-come basis. Certain workshops are limited in capacity, therefore, we recommend registering no later than September 12, 2022. Once capacity is reached for each date registrants will be notified and placed on a waiting list. If you can't attend the dates presented, be assured that additional training opportunities will be offered during the spring semester. Please direct any questions regarding the Training & Education menu of workshops to Hiram G. Martinez at hmartinez@wcupa.edu.

Audience: Golden Ram Community

Cross Cultural Communications and Conflict Resolution

Cross Cultural Communications & Conflict Resolution
Presenter: Dr. Tracey Robinson, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion        Duration: 1 hour (groups of 20-24 participants) ; 1.5 hours (groups of 25- 40 participants)

Through a highly interactive activity, this workshop will allow participants to personally examine how communication and culture are interrelated, explore intercultural communications and learn strategies to address cross-cultural conflict.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 40.

Exploring Dimensions of Cultural Competence and Inclusive Language

Exploring Dimensions of Cultural Competence and Inclusive Language
Presenter: Dr. Tracey Robinson, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Cultural competency among 21st century graduates has become imperative in the workforce and daily community interactions. This workshop introduces multicultural and international diversity concepts while having individuals participate in reflective activities to develop cross-cultural competencies, identify culturally appropriate strategies, and utilize respectful and inclusive language.

Request this workshop for your department or group.

Inclusive Leadership 1.0: Understanding Identities

Inclusive Leadership 1.0: Understanding Identities
Presenter:  Hiram G. Martinez, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                      Duration: 1.5 hours

We learn about our own identity and the identity of others through interactions with family, peers, organizations, institutions, media and other connections we make in our everyday life. Self-exploration is central to our growth as individuals, our relationships with others, and our ability to promote equity. No one is uni-dimensional.  Our various social identities--sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, socioeconomic class, religion, and ability, among others--are important aspects of our selves that shape our attitudes, behaviors, worldviews, and experiences. As we work to create and participate in diverse and democratic environments, we need to understand how our own and others' identities affect our lives and our interactions with each other.  In this thought-provoking, interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to consider the impact of multiple aspects of their own identities, while hearing and sharing stories and experiences that acknowledge difference, privilege, oppression, and perspective.   

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 120.

Register for Inclusive Leadership 1.0: Understanding Identities:

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Held via Zoom
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Held via Zoom (For Students)
Friday, October 7, 2022 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Held via Zoom

Inclusive Leadership 2.0: Valuing Diversity & Inclusion

Inclusive Leadership 2.0: Valuing Diversity & Inclusion
Presenter: Hiram G. Martinez, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion          Duration: 1.5 hours

This workshop is designed to help individuals gain insight and learn the foundational concepts of diversity and how to foster an environment that makes students and/or employees feel valued and included. Participants will engage in self-reflection, define and discuss terms such as diversity, inclusion and others. Through exercises, videos, and dialogue participants examine the ways that personal dimensions of diversity impact the workplace, classrooms and organizations. 

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Register for Inclusive Leadership 2.0: Valuing Diversity & Inclusion:

Thursday, October 20, 2022  | 1:00 pm – 2:30 | Held via Zoom
Monday, October 24, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Held via Zoom (For Students)
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Held via Zoom

Inclusive Leadership 3.0: Microaggressions

Inclusive Leadership 3.0: Microaggressions
Presenter: Hiram G. Martinez, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion          Duration: 1.5 hours

What are Microaggressions? How can they harm individual member of the University community? Participants in the workshop will gain better understanding of this form of bias and the building blocks that contribute to microaggressions. The workshop facilitator will use interactive exercises and discussions to help participants recognize microaggressions and learn strategies for addressing the messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 120.

Register for Inclusive Leadership 3.0: Microaggressions:
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 |10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Held via Zoom
Monday, November 7, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Held via Zoom
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 |6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Held via Zoom (For Students)

Islamophobia Series – Fall 2022

Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series
"TERRORCRAFT: RACE, EMPIRE, AND THE LEGACY OF THE WAR ON TERROR" featuring DR. DEEPA KUMAR
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 |11:00 am | Sykes 115 and via Zoom

Dr. Deepa Kumar is an award-winning scholar and activist. She is the author of more than 80 publications including Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire: 20 Years Since 9/11. She is recognized as a leading scholar on Islamophobia both nationally and internationally. Sponsored by an Innovation in D&I Grant. Register for Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series HERE. For more info, contact Dr. Tabassum Ruby, 610-436-2570

Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series
"AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST: A PLAYBOOK FOR INSANITY" featuring DR. ROBERT KODOSKY
Monday, September 19, 2022 | 10:00 am | Sykes 115 and via Zoom

Robert J. Kodosky chairs the history department at West Chester University where he teaches courses in American military and diplomatic history including History of United States Involvement in the Middle East. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Veterans Group (SVG) on campus. Sponsored by an Innovation in D&I Grant. Register for Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series HERE. For more info, contact Dr. Tabassum Ruby, 610-436-2570

Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series
"CONTEXTUALIZING 9-11 IN A HISTORICAL FRAMEWORK" featuring DR. ELIZEBETH URBAN
Monday, October 3, 2022 | 11:00 am | Sykes 115 and via Zoom

Dr. Elizabeth Urban is an associate professor of history at West Chester University. She specializes in early Islamic history (7th and 8th centuries CE) and teaches a wide range of courses focusing on the area conventionally known as the Middle East. Sponsored by an Innovation in D&I Grant. Register for Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series HERE. For more info, contact Dr. Tabassum Ruby, 610-436-2570

Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series
"ISLAMOPHOBIA POST 9/11: WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE; WHO FUNDS IT; WHO PROMOTES IT" featuring DONNA NEVEL and NINA MEHTA, PARCEO
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 2:00 pm | Sykes 115 and via Zoom

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, and Nina Mehta, a community educator and researcher, are co-directors of PARCEO, a resource and education center that works with groups to strengthen their research, curricula, and organizing for social change. Register for Contextualizing the War on Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism Series HERE. For more info, Dr. Tabassum Ruby, 610-436-2570

Planning for Accessible and Inclusive Events and Programs

Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Held via Zoom

Festivals, fairs, music events, sporting events, and lectures are but a few of the many events that take place every day at WCU. These programs and events celebrate a "sense of community" and must encourage participation by all. This workshop serves to provide information to assist faculty, planners, and managers in making programs and events accessible to people with disabilities. Learn about the value of planning inclusive events, the ADA law, planning tips and strategies, and resources for achieving accessibility. Prior registration is required HERE. Sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Office of Services for Students with Disabilities

Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response for Students

Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response for Students
Presenters: Equity & Compliance Team, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion          Duration: 1 hour

Beyond laws and policies, sexual misconduct is very damaging to the academic learning environment and student life experience. After taking this course, students should be able to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual misconduct on campus.

Scheduled upon request.  Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Title IX Open Forum

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Held via Zoom

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs/activities that receive federal funds. This dictates how the University addresses, investigates, and adjudicates sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. Join us in a discussion about general updates to WCU's Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) policy and procedures. Please register to attend the WCU Annual Fall Title IX Town Hall here. We invite you to submit questions in advance of this meeting through this link. Please submit questions by September 30th. Details about the policy and resources are available on the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's website. We hope you join in our discussion on Wednesday, October 5th!

Unconscious/Implicit Bias Workshop

Unconscious/Implicit Bias Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Tracey Robinson Ray, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion          Duration: 2 hours

Everyone has biases. If left unchecked, biases can harm others in the workplace, even if unintentional. This interactive workshop will allow participants to explore how our biases may play out and impact our interactions.  In addition, participants will be introduced to scientifically-tested strategies to reduce bias.  

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Register for Unconscious Bias Training:
Friday, October 7, 2022 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Held via Zoom

Understanding Antisemitism on Campus

Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm| Held via Zoom

Hillel International's "Understanding Antisemitism on Campus" Curriculum delves into the origins, evolution and context of past and present manifestations of antisemitism. This video-based curriculum aims to help participants understand and feel better-equipped to identify, respond to, and proactively educate others about antisemitism. Join us as Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, Executive Director, Greater Philly Hillel Network, facilitates the following video topics: What is Judaism? Who are Jews? History of Antisemitism, and Antisemitism Today. Presentation will be hosted by Dr. Jonathan Friedman's HIS 349 Jewish History class. Please register for Understanding Antisemitism on Campus HERE. Sponsored by WCU Hillel and Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. For more info, contact Hiram Martinez, 610-436-2991

Audience: For Faculty & Staff Only

Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Inclusive Environment

Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Inclusive Environment
Presenter: Meg Hazel, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                    Duration: 1 hour

WCU is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with varying degrees of abilities can thrive academically and within the campus community workforce. In this workshop, attendees are provided with an overview of the resources available, best practices, as well as policy information related to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education. Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

 

Search Committee Orientation: Hiring Process, Recruitment & Implicit Bias

Search Committee Orientation: Hiring, Recruitment & Implicit Bias
Presenters: Office of Human Resources and Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                        Duration: 1hour

Are you chairing or serving on a search committee? Learn about tips and strategies to maneuver through WCU’s selection and hiring process to ensure an open, fair and equitable search process. Learn about the do’s and don’ts of serving on a search committee, discuss pre/post interview procedures, interview questions, selection criteria, and recruitment resources to maximize the benefits of an inclusive search process.

Scheduled upon request with either HR or ODEI.

Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response for Faculty and Staff  

Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response for Faculty/Staff
Presenters: Equity & Compliance Team, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion          Duration: 1 hour

Beyond laws and policies, sexual misconduct is very damaging to students and the workplace environment. After taking this course, faculty and staff should be able to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual misconduct on campus.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

 **REQUIRED** Sexual Harassment Prevention & Response for Supervisors

Sexual Harassment Prevention & Response for Supervisors
Presenters: Equity & Compliance Team, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion          Duration: 2.5 hours

Our University also has a formal policy that prohibits sexual harassment on campus—a policy ALL supervisors are responsible for enforcing. But beyond laws and policies, sexual harassment is very damaging to the workplace and work environment. After taking this course, supervisors should be able to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual harassment on campus.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Register for Sexual Harassment Prevention & Response for Supervisors:

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am | Held via Zoom
Monday, November 14, 2022 | 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Held via Zoom

Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction

Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction
Presenter: Meg Hazel, Office for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion                            Duration: 1 hour

The goal of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs. This workshop will give an overview of UDL principles, examples of UDL practices, and a discussion of application to current courses.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Veterans Cultural Awareness Training

Veterans Cultural Awareness Training
Presenter: Dr. Tracey, Robinson Ray, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                  Duration: 1.5 hours

A historic number of military personnel and veterans are enrolling in colleges/universities pursuing higher credentials as they serve within and outside of their military service. Transitioning from the Military to campus life can be challenging for a variety of reasons.  Awarded the honor of being a “military-friendly” campus since 2015, West Chester University strives to support the needs and success of our military veteran students and their family members.  Veterans Culture Awareness Training (VCAT) is a forum that allows advisors, faculty and staff the opportunity to increase their skills and awareness as it relates to serving military service members, veterans and their families.  This forum includes opportunities to hear directly from student veterans about their experience as a Military Service Member and as a student at WCU.  Strategies for ensuring inclusive practices and ways to support the success of student veterans are provided through short video clips, case studies, personal stories and group discussions.  Resources available to Veterans on campus and in the local community are also shared.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Audience: For Faculty Only

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Creating an Inclusive Classroom
Presenters: Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                             Duration: 1.5 hours

Students come to the University with a wide variety of experiences, cultures, abilities, skills, and personalities. Teaching inclusively means embracing and valuing student diversity in all forms as an asset. It means designing, managing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent and drive the success of students. The seminar will introduce faculty to real scenarios related to designing, managing and teaching in higher education in today’s climate. Designed for all faculty, not just those that teach about diversity, this workshop will enlighten faculty to understand the benefits of inclusive teaching approaches.

Scheduled upon request. Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and maximum of 50.

Teaching and the ADA

Teaching and the ADA (For faculty)
Presenter: Equity & Compliance Team, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                          Duration: 1 hour

West Chester University is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with varying degrees of abilities can thrive academically within the classroom.  In this workshop, faculty are provided with current information regarding ADA law, best practices, as well as policy information related to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education. Special attention will be paid to accommodations and modified attendance agreements.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization, on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Teaching in Turbulent Times

Teaching in Turbulent Times
Presenter: Dr. Tracey Robinson Ray, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                             Duration: 1.5 hours

As the daily news often reminds us, there are moments in our society that are fraught with controversy and contention. As a University that values diversity and inclusion, how can you assure that our classrooms are places for civil discourse and respectful disagreement? This discussion will allow faculty to explore this issue through an examination of University classroom case studies.

Request this workshop for your department, class, group, or organization on a specific date(s). Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 50.

Webinars through National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

In November 2018, through a partnership between Academic Affairs and the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, West Chester University became an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.  The NCFDD is a highly regarded center with a national reputation and success record for supporting faculty members throughout their careers and towards accomplishing developmental career milestones. West Chester’s diverse cadre of faculty and graduate students have access to resources and support in the form of webinars, forums, mentoring and other materials that assist with navigating academia. All Faculty and Graduate Students are encouraged to activate their accounts for this membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).  Activate your membership today!

 

Some of the on-demand webinar titles through the NCFDD include, but not limited to:

  • Addressing Incivility in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Faculty
  • Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education Creating a Harassment-Free Lab
  • Disability and Living/Working in the Academy
  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Students with Disabilities
  • Developing Anti-Oppressive Communities: Supporting Black Students and Mentees
  • How to Challenge Race and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations
  • Micro-Aggressions, Micro-Resistance, and Ally Development in the Academy
  • Presumed Incompetent: Race, Gender, and Class in Academia
  • Successful Strategies for Faculty Diversity: Valuing Faculty Work that Promotes Equity
  • Teaching in Color: Effective Teaching Strategies for Faculty of Color

Please be advised that this is not an exhaustive list of diversity-related training and education available to you. Please check out other training and education learning opportunities available through our campus partners below:

Center for Trans & Queer Advocacy
Center for Women & Gender Equity
Dowdy Multicultural Center

Request a Training/Workshop - Click here to complete and submit a Training Request Form if you would like to coordinate another presentation of one of the workshops listed above to a specific group of students, faculty, and/or staff. We are limited in our ability to schedule beyond the dates provided so for planning purposes, please submit your request at least three (3) weeks in advance.

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