Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Each year, UNO undertakes a broad array of important conversations in an effort to support our mission as an inclusive learning and work environment. The chancellor has reminded us that the statement “you are welcome here” is one that we all own - we all have a part.
Several professional development opportunities are being offered throughout the academic year. These are intended to provide faculty and others in the campus community with the training, tools and techniques needed to foster an inclusive and equitable campus environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests.
Full-time faculty and staff* who participate in the workshops and events on these important issues are eligible for honoraria. For each workshop attended, faculty and staff accrue $100 toward a professional development fund to be used at their discretion (e.g., conference travel, books, association memberships) in 2022-2023 (new fiscal year starting July 1st). For example, attend 5 events and accrue $500, attend 10 events and accrue $1,000.
|The following Fall 2021 offerings are eligible:|
|Microaggressions Awareness Training||Learn about microaggressions and practice strategies to address them when they occur.|
|Equity Institute Workshop Series||
This three-part workshop series will be hosted during fall break in a partnership between the Center for Faculty Excellence and the STEM TRAIL Center. Topics included will be Race, Culture, and Equity. The Equity Institute develops and implements innovative solutions for building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and professional environments.
|Faculty Search Training**||The search process is central to recruiting a diverse faculty body and fostering an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff. This workshop combines brief presentations with active discussions focused on empirically-based best practices that encourage small groups to learn from each other’s experiences and ideas.|
|Wes Becton: Addressing Implicit/Unconscious Bias Across UNO's Campus||
Learn more about the impact implicit and unconscious bias on UNO’s campus from guest speaker Wes Becton. Wes is a certified executive leadership coach and an experienced workshop facilitator. Wes taught Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Human Resource courses at Lewis University, is the former Board Chair at Northeastern Illinois University, and served as a Trustee at Elmhurst University. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on innovation, leadership, and diversity. View this link to learn more about Wes Becton.
|Leading Difficult Dialogues||Leading classroom discussions on difficult topics can be an on-going challenge, especially when we do not know what issues are “hot button” topics for our students. This series focuses on tips, tools, and techniques that will help faculty successfully lead and facilitate difficult conversations in both the face-to-face classroom and digital learning environments|
|Safe Space Training||
The Safe Space training is open to any student, faculty, or staff member who would like to be trained and publicly identify as an ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans spectrum, queer spectrum, intersex, asexual, gender spectrum, Two-Spirit, and/or sexuality spectrum (LGBTQIA2S+) students, faculty, and staff. This four-hour training provides education and tools to support the LGBTQIA2S+ members of our community.
|Communities of Practice or Faculty Leadership Forums***||
Participate in a community of practice (CoP) or faculty leadership forum (FLF) focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Of particular interest are CoPs and FLFs such as a) supporting and connecting with first generation students, b) inclusive pedagogies and assessment models, and c) leading difficult dialogues.
To register, click links on the calendar at the right side of this page or visit the full DEI calendar here.
*Some workshops may not have honoraria available to staff. Exceptions will be noted.
**This workshop's honoraria is only available to full-time faculty.
***Staff wishing to participate in a CoP or FLF must first get approval from the Center for Faculty Excellence for professional development funds.
DEI Activity Opportunities
Have an idea for an activity (workshop, CoP, FLF, etc.) focused upon diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics? Questions about diversity, equity and inclusion professional development opportunities? Contact Candice Batton, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs, at email@example.com.