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Diversity and Inclusion Office Training Series

Our differences can be the source of creativity, a driver of innovation,  and a means of growing our professional competence in better understanding one another and serving our patients, our students, or our clients and customers.  It can also be a source of tension, misunderstandings, and even complaints and legal action when cultural norms and expectations of professional behavior collide. Medical School and Clinical System Community members need to work toward eliminating illegal discrimination, but compliance with legal requirements and adherence to policy is not enough. Thus, the Diversity and Inclusion Office offers two different educational series that address both compliance and inclusion as enablers of a workplace and culture in which everyone can engage and contribute their best.

To educate the University Community in these policies and expectations of a cooperate, collegial environment, the Office offers a series of awareness-building sessions called  Essentials of a Discrimination Free Workplace. The Essentials of a Discrimination Free Workplace series provides Medical School and Clinical system leaders, managers, faculty, and staff with a basic foundational awareness of legal requirements and institutional policies and procedures as well as practical, actionable ways of preventing and responding to illegal discriminatory behavior.   

However, knowledge of the laws and policies is not enough for diversity to become a driver of excellence. The Essentials of Inclusion Series builds knowledge in critical areas of diversity and skills in adapting to and managing in diverse contexts. The Essentials of Inclusion Series provides Medical School and Clinical system leaders, managers, faculty, and staff with knowledge of the science of diversity as well as critical skills for the continuous learning and practice of diversity competence.   

Watch UpNext! for scheduled sessions throughout the year. To bring a program to your department, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office at 508.856.2179. 

Diversity Training and Dialogs

Essentials of Maintaining a Diverse Workplace Series:

–Online through HR learning management site, featured D&I content with follow-up discussions

–In-Person Facilitated

  • Search Committee Diversity Training/ Hiring for Diversity
  • Unconscious Bias in our workplace (in healthcare as well)
  • Racism as a special case of Bias
  • Communicating Across Differences
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusion in our workplace
  • ERASE Model: Maintaining a positive environment; responding to “isms”
  • Intention Vs Impact
  • Custom Training/Dialog

Please contact the Office at 508.856.2179 or email Diversity @ to arrange a session for your department.