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Request an Education Package

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity offers a variety of courses and workshops at the request of departments and organizational units. As an equity-oriented office, we not only address potential concerns as they are reported to us, but also seek to assist in educating and informing members of the university on diversity and inclusion related topics and policies.

Our courses and workshops are designed for groups and to be informative and educational. Due to the time constraints of our faculty, staff, and students, these courses and workshops are offered in short sessions and include condensed curricula. While our courses and workshops may include information regarding recommended behaviors or conduct, they are not designed to be “corrective action”, as they are not intended to thoroughly teach a skill or behavior to mastery. Therefore, we do not subscribe to the competency model wherein workshops are recommended to be “checked off a checklist” or used for remedial purposes.

Education Package Options

The packages detailed below are designed to provide a cohesive set of courses and workshops based on the needs and interests of the requesting audience. Presentations can be adjusted to durations of between 50 to 75 minutes. When a package is requested, all four courses must be offered and completed within 90 days of the first course presentation. Additionally, OIED will continue to provide the Diversity Certificate Program (DCP) annually for individuals who wish to participate in a more comprehensive diversity and inclusion program, as well as the Diversity Passport Program, an experiential annual program. Please see details below on each package and its courses. 

Educational Program Package
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Workplace, Workforce, and Marketplace
    • Did you know that diversity and inclusion is more than policies, programs, or headcounts? Organizations now realize that inclusion unlocks diversity, and we will discuss how and why this is important.
  • Implicit Bias: What We Know
    • Have you ever wondered where implicit bias comes from? What are your implicit bias triggers and when do they occur? We will look at some ways to fix this aspect of ourselves.
  • CREATE: A Guide to Practicing Cultural Humility
    • This course explores how we acquire culture, what culture means, and how we can bridge cross-cultural interactions by using a more comprehensive and on-going framework. The acronym CREATE will be used to demonstrate an approach to practicing cultural humility in your daily lives using only 6 practical steps.
  • Boundaries in Healthcare
    • This course discusses the relationship dynamic between healthcare workers, their patients, and their colleagues. Maintaining professional boundaries assists healthcare workers in their ability to make, objective health related decisions while maintaining. Attendees will evaluate and discuss various scenarios and the appropriate manner in which healthcare workers should respond.
Human Relations Package
  • What Does LGBTQ+ Mean?
    • This course offers an introductory look at the meaning behind the acronym “LGBTQ+”, issues and policies specifically affecting LGBTQ+ individuals, and how to leverage appropriate and productive allyship towards the LGBTQ+ community. The course is designed to allow for an open and honest environment where questions and discussions can take place by individuals of all backgrounds.
  • Got Civility?
    • Treating others with dignity, respect, and making a “good faith effort’ regarding other’s feelings is an example of civility.  In this class we will define civility, understand its causes, and look at some behaviors that affect civility in addition to imagining a civil workplace – and putting a plan in place to make civility at work a reality. 
  • Your Emotional Intelligence
    • Emotional intelligence (EI) facilitates the capacity for reasoning, stress management, communication, and the ability to navigate social situations. Benefits tied to emotional intelligence also play an important role in the workplace and personal success. This course allows participants to explore the foundational areas of emotional intelligence, uncover personal growth opportunities, and learn practical methods to utilize emotional intelligence in workplace settings.
  • Self-Awareness: Your Johari Window
    • What kind of relationship do you have with others in your unit, department or across the organization?  How often do you reveal information about yourself and what kind of feedback do receive about yourself through others?  We will be discussing you in the class so get comfortable.
Compliance Package
  • How to File a Complaint?
    • The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity works to ensure a safe and comfortable working and learning environment at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Any member of the UTHSC community who believes he or she has been discriminated on the basis of a protected class can file a complaint with the Office of Equity of Diversity. This course will provide insight into the types of complaints that can be filed, the complaint and resolution processes, as well as available supportive measures available students and employees.
  • The ABC’s of Workplace Accommodations
    • This course offers an introductory look at the accommodation and interactive process regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Religion. The ADA, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other laws prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with a disability and provide certain rights and protections in this context. The interactive process allows for clarifying an individual’s needs, exploring potential accommodations, and ultimately identifying an effective reasonable accommodation(s) as it relates to a disability or religious beliefs/practices. Those who participate in this course will learn relevant concepts and laws, goals of the interactive process, and the importance of not retaliating against the individual for requesting an accommodation.
  • The Importance of Protected Characteristics
    • This course provides insight into the various protections afforded to individuals by law and policy in the workplace and in education. It includes an overview of EEO laws, Title VI, Title VII and Title IX, and related university policies. Attendees will discuss how discrimination may appear through direct or indirect conduct, and the importance of reporting such conduct.
  • Implicit Bias in the Search/Hiring Process
    • Search committees are challenged by implicit biases even though they function in an advisory capacity.  For some members on the committee ‘fit’ or ‘add’ of a candidate becomes the focus of the search process exercise.  Are you more partial to ‘fit’ in deciding who becomes a part of the team and how should this be addressed?
Design Your Own Package

(may select one course from each of the three existing packages not to exceed three courses in the Custom Package)

  • People with People in Organizations
    • When we think about people with people in organizations examples of diversity (i.e., religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, thinking style) the primary and secondary dimensions of diversity come to mind. What about the examples for equity and inclusion as organizations strive to create win-win situations in to achieve objectives?  Is the order right or should it be inclusion, equity and diversity for people with people in organizations?
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Education Package Requests are currently closed.

Thank you for your understanding! 

Jun 9, 2023