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Diversity, equity and inclusion workshops

UMass Chan Medical School is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable learning and work environment. The Diversity and Inclusion Office's training program includes high impact diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) workshops that utilize innovative instructional design to support DEI professional development and capacity building efforts across UMass Chan Medical School.

Foundations workshops

Creating an inclusive environment at UMass Chan Medical School is everybody’s responsibility. The foundations workshops are intended for staff, faculty and learners of all levels to provide a foundation in DEI to support more advanced skill building.

Inclusive communication: The language of belonging (1 hour)

In this interactive virtual workshop, participants will review common terminology and concepts used in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and examine how they can promote inclusion and belonging through intentional language and communication. 


  • Review terms, concepts and language that is inclusive and promotes a sense of belonging.
  • Describe how language can be used to create in- and out-groups and how to mitigate exclusion in the workplace and learning environment.
  • Demonstrate how to utilize inclusive language to respond to a variety of common situations.

Addressing unconscious bias at UMass Chan (1 hour)

In this interactive virtual workshop, participants will explore how unconscious bias impacts relationships, decision making and experiences​. By the end of the workshop, participants will identify strategies to mitigate biases in their interactions, increase self-awareness, and foster inclusive practices at UMass Chan.


  • Define and explore different types of bias and its impact.
  • Review how unconscious bias in particular impacts relationships, decision-making and experiences within everyday life.
  • Identify strategies to mitigate biases in interactions and foster inclusive practices at UMass Chan.

Navigating microaggressions: How to be an upstander (1 hour)

In this interactive virtual workshop, participants will define microaggressions and their impact, the nuances and complexities of intervention as an upstander, and how to support learners and colleagues through experiences of discrimination and marginalization.

Inclusive leadership: Leading with intention (1.5 hours)

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to differentiate traditional leadership from inclusive leadership, and create spaces that are rooted in fairness, respect and celebrate differences. Through discussion and individual reflection, participants will hone ytheir leadership skills and learn how to apply new frameworks to inspire others and create an inclusive culture at UMass Chan Medical School.


  • Differentiate traditional leadership models from inclusive leadership frameworks.
  • Review and summarize how to create inclusive work and learning environments.
  • Reflect on and hone inclusive leadership skills.

Advanced workshops and trainings

The Diversity and Inclusion Office is developing advanced DEI workshops and training to provide ongoing professional development opportunities. More information will be announced.