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The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion Training Program is one of the most prolific in higher education. You can pursue certificates and training individually or as a departmental effort to improve performance and our learning and work environments.

Read about the variety of diversity workshops that have been offered over the years

Six-year training impact:
34,546 participants
Total participants last academic year:
7,996
Total UCF Inclusion Champions:
326

Workshop Schedule

Please see this semester’s Unity Star for the Summer 2022 workshop and presentation schedule. For detailed descriptions of the diversity workshops offered, click on the course titles below. All workshops are free unless otherwise noted. Please note that locations vary. Other opportunities for diversity workshops may be scheduled by calling the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (407) 823-6479 or by emailing diverse@ucf.edu.

Registration Instructions

  • Faculty, A&P, USPS, OPS: Register online at my.UCF.edu > Employee Self Service > Learning & Development > Request Training Enrollment
  • Students: Register online via KnightConnect. Be sure to log-in with your NID and NID password.

UCF Certificates

ODI offers several certificate options for faculty, staff and students:

  • Inclusion Champion: complete 3 core workshops and 6 hours of elective topics
  • Continuum of Learning Certificate: complete four elective or stand-alone DIV workshops not in a series or towards another certificate program
  • Latino Americans Certificate: complete all three Latino Americans modules exploring the history of Latino Americans from 1565 – 2000
  • We Shall Remain Certificate Series: complete the five-part/three session workshop series exploring the history of Native Americans and their resilience
  • Eyes on The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years: complete the six episode workshop series to earn certificate
  • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise: complete the four episode workshop series to earn certificate

Please note: Students must keep track of the DIV workshops they have attended and verify their training history with us in order to receive any completion certificates.

Course and Facilitation Descriptions

DIV 613

Tuesday, May 24, 3pm – 4:30pm

Facilitators: Michelle Dusseau, Ph.D.

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

This workshop will practice the development of effective communication styles in multiple contexts and focus on the recognition of and best reactions to four specific communication personalities which often cause conflict or frustration in the workplace.

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 614

Thursday, June 23, 2pm – 3pm

Facilitators: Kristeena LaRoue & Kevin Price

Location: BYC 140

Description:

A vital part of creating an inclusive digital environment is ensuring that all documents are created in an accessible manner. In Fundamentals of Document Accessibility, we will cover the core components of creating an accessible document. This training will include a hands-on component, which entails the remediation of an inaccessible document. Please note that you will need to bring a device with you to training that has Microsoft Office installed. Resources on accessible document creation will be provided.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

DIV 590

Friday, June 24, 10am – 11:30am

Facilitators: Chantel Carter

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

When was the last time you truly felt grateful?  What does that even mean or look like nowadays?  We are all leaders in some capacity regardless of our titles or the kind of work we do.  Gratitude is one of many skills we need as leaders to be successful in our work and in life.   With everything going on, it can be easy to get caught up in the negativity.  This session will discuss why gratitude is important and how it can be infused successfully into our work and our lives.   In this session, we will review various gratitude exercises that may be helpful in infusing gratitude within your day-to-day.  Gratitude does not have to be a daunting process.  Let gratitude become a part of your habit profile.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 053

Thursday, June 9, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Facilitators: Flore Septimus

Location: BYC 140

Description:

Inclusive Communication, as facilitated by UCF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, explores the concept that as we interact in diverse environments and strive to enhance inclusion and equity, it is important to be welcoming, appreciative, valuing, and respectful in our communications with one another. Discussions and activities develop the following ideas:

 

  • inclusive communication involves words, tone of voice, body language, and micromessages,
  • awareness and identification of exclusive language and phrases affords us the opportunity to rethink how to word what we say (or don’t say) so as to include all and consistently demonstrate respect,
  • understanding and applying key principles for how we treat each other assists in the process of communicating inclusively, and
  • inclusion always matters and always applies.

 

Please note that this workshop examines the words we use. Other workshops provided by UCF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion explore tone of voice and body language (Communicating Across Cultures) and micromessages (Micromessages and Microaggressions).

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

DIV 585

Monday, June 6, 3pm – 4:30pm

Facilitators: Kavita Sawh

Location: BYC 140

Description:

This workshop will provide participants with awareness of the ways biased practices unconsciously and consciously communicate derogatory and/or hurtful messages to others. It will provide ways to help make sure the intention behind our statements, questions and actions match our impact.

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

DIV 580

Wednesday, May 18, 12pm – 1pm

Facilitators: Flore Septimus

Location: BYC 140

Description:

What has the coronavirus pandemic taught us about ourselves and our relationships? In a deeply personal and wide-ranging conversation, leadership expert Simon Sinek shares his own experience caring for his mental health as the world shut down. He discusses why we need to nurture friendships (in both good times and bad), explains why anyone can be a leader — and reveals the secret to discovering your “why” in life.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

This session is a screening of  a pre-recorded TED Talk. It will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

DIV 568

Wednesday, May 25, 12pm – 1pm

Facilitators: Flore Septimus

Location: BYC 140

Description:

Ordinarily hot temperatures, disease-carrying mosquitoes and climate gentrification threaten those with existing health conditions, particularly poor and vulnerable, while wealthier people move to higher ground. In her talk, physician Cheryl Holder proposes ways clinicians can protect their patients from climate-related health challenges all sectors of the community to build a care system that incorporates economic and social justice.

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.      This session is a screening of  a pre-recorded TED Talk. It will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

DIV 225

Tuesday, June 21, 1pm – 4pm

Facilitators: Kavita Sawh

Location: BYC 140

Description:

Micromessages and Microaggressions is one of the most frequently requested workshops facilitated by UCF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Micromessages are signals that we send to one another through our actions and behaviors. Although these messages may be “small,” their impact can be tremendous. This conversation on micromessages includes an in-depth look at both micro-inequities and micro-affirmations. Microaggressions are brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to marginalized groups and also are examined in detail in this workshop. Throughout this Webcourse, the impact of micromessages and microaggressions on inclusion and equity is emphasized. Areas of focus entail:

 

  • reflecting on the history behind our current knowledge of micromessages and microaggressions,
  • defining and providing examples of micromessages (both inequities and affirmations) as well as microaggressions,
  • recognizing the personal toll that micro-inequities and microaggressions may have on individuals and the community,
  • understanding the ways in which each of us may stop or reduce the prevalence of micro-inequities and microaggressions, and
  • acknowledging that it takes the dedication of all of us to address and eliminate the many forms of exclusion and noting that micro-affirmations are powerful tools in helping people to reach their full potentials.

 

Please note: Webcourses are open only on the indicated dates and at the specified times. On average, Micromessages and Microaggressions takes between 3.5-4.5 hours to complete. Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive an invitation to participate in the Webcourse.

DIV 442

Wednesday, June 8, 2pm – 3:30pm

Facilitators: Jeannie Kiriwas

Location: BYC 140

Description:

Have you said before “Well that isn’t my area of expertise”? This session is designed for individuals who do not have extensive advanced degrees in religious studies but are still very interested in supporting students and their diverse identities. Using the framework of BRIDGE Interfaith Youth Core curriculum, we will identify strategies for increasing one’s interfaith literacy.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

DIV 615

Tuesday, June 14 , 12pm – 1pm

Facilitators: Dr. Martha Hubertz

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

A discussion of how representation in media influences implicit and explicit biases. We will discuss various forms of media, including social media, and how that creates serotyping and maintains false belief systems.

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 241

Wednesday, June 15, 110am – 12pm

Facilitators: LGBTQ+ Services

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

The Safe Zone Advocates training is the second in the series and was created to further individual knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues. The training is geared toward helping attendees explore, identify, and expose cultural biases and acquire skills necessary for advocating for marginalized populations.

 

Participants who complete both trainings (LGBTQ+ 101 and Safe Zone Advocates) are designated as Safe Zone Advocates and can be identified by a Safe Zone placard.

 

 

Training Objectives:

  • Increase insight into personal and cultural biases
  • Increase awareness of the impact these biases have on interactions with LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Increase comfort in addressing systemic oppressions that affect LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Increase ability to identify micro-aggressions that impact LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Increase comfort in discussing power, privilege, and oppression
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to increase ability to advocate
  • Increase understanding that being an ally is an ongoing and active process

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 033

Monday, May 23, 10m – 12pm

Facilitators: LGBTQ+ Services

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

The LGBTQ+ 101 training is the first in the series and is designed for all levels of knowledge about LGBTQ+ issues. In this 2-hour training, participants will be presented with general information about individual and societal concerns related to LGBTQ+ identity. This training serves as an introduction to these issues. LGBTQ+ 101 must be taken as an entry point before any other Safe Zone workshops are taken.

 

Training Objectives:

  • Gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ+ culture
  • Feel more comfortable talking about LGBTQ+ issues
  • Interact more sensitively with LGBTQ+ populations
  • Help create a safer environment for LGBTQ+ individuals on campus

 

Please note:  Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.  Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session.  Video and audio access is required.

DIV 616

Tuesday, June 28, 2pm – 3:30pm

Facilitators: Matt Ricke, Ph.D.

Location: BYC 140

Description:

This session introduces participants to the fundamentals of self-care, geared specifically toward change agents. Burnout and compassion fatigue are all too commonplace among those working for social change. We will explore experiential activities to support our self-care.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

DIV 589

Friday, June 3, 10am – 11:30am

Facilitators: Chantel Carter

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

It is important to have healthy boundaries, especially in the workplace.  This can be challenging at best.   The concept of setting boundaries may not be a common practice for many people nor something that is often discussed or encouraged.   Everything we are experiencing right now is contributing to our stress levels.  This session will look at the importance of healthy boundaries in the work setting and strategies that can be adopted.  The goal is to equip participants with information on boundary setting so they are empowered to focus on self-care.  We can do this!

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 617

Tuesday, May 17, 11am – 12pm

Facilitators: Matt Ricke, Ph.D.

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace is an extended course that builds upon the basic information covered in Title IX/OIE trainings. This course goes into specific detail about healthy and unhealthy workplace dynamics, how sexual harassment impacts the workplace, and how by building a healthy, proactive, and respectful workplace, we can work together to prevent and respond to sexual harassment.

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

Part One: The History of the EJ Movement

DIV 582

Wednesday, June 22, 2pm – 3:30pm

Facilitators: Flore Septimus

Location: Online via Zoom

Part Two: The Role of Sustainability & Community within EJ

DIV 583

Wednesday, June 29, 2pm – 3:30pm

Facilitators: Flore Septimus

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

We humans impact the environment in many ways including changes to climate, biophysical environments, ecosystems, and natural resources. And whether directly or indirectly, we are contributing to soil erosion, poor air quality, and undrinkable water and an overall unsustainable environment for ourselves and our communities. Correspondingly, the impact of environmental hazards disproportionately impacts the lives of marginalized communities, highlighting the inequities of a crisis that is at all our doorsteps. So how do we work towards a more sustainable future? The first step: recognizing that this is our burden to share.

DIV 602

Thursday, May 26, 10am – 11:30am

Facilitators: Widaad Zaman, Ph.D.

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

Are we born with prejudices, or are they learned? Certainly, we know that specific prejudices do not just appear, but may take years to become engrained in an individual. Yet interestingly, children begin to categorize the world they live in from very early in infancy. So, when do they begin to categorize people, and how does that influence the progression of prejudicial tendencies? Furthermore, what is the role of the child’s social world in the prejudices they ultimately learn?

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 501

Friday, June 17, 1pm – 3pm

Facilitators: Flore Septimus

Location: Online via Zoom

Description:

A discussion on ways Race, Ethnicity & Culture blur; the systemic ways in which proximity to whiteness is endorsed and internalized and how these structures impact community and sense of belonging.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom session. Video and audio access is required.

DIV 053

Wednesday, June 1, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Facilitators: Kavita Sawh

Location: BYC 140

Description:

As the foundational workshop facilitated by UCF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this workshop explores three key concepts – diversity, inclusion, and equity. Discussions and activities develop the following ideas:

 

  • human diversity is broad and includes all the ways in which we differ,
  • understanding our similarities is key to developing connections,
  • inclusion involves creating and maintaining safe and respectful spaces for everyone, and
  • equity requires us to respond to the needs of individuals in order for each person to realize their full potential.

 

The impact of stereotypes (“single stories”) on our thinking and behavior also is explored.

 

Please note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED by no later than three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Consultations and Presentations

In addition to Faculty, GTA, and New Employee Orientations, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides a variety of consultations and presentations as a service to the UCF Community.

Consultations: A consultation is an individual or group meeting to assist in planning diversity-related programs and events, incorporating diversity into grant proposals, infusing the curriculum with diversity content and pedagogy in both new and existing courses, or discussing a diversity issue or incident. Depending upon the circumstances, consultations may occur face-to-face, by e-mail or telephone.

Presentations: The Chief Diversity Officer of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and members of the training staff are available to make presentations to classes, departments, organizations, and student groups. We also facilitate sessions at team retreats. Our presentations cover a variety of diversity topics, and, if time, personnel, and resources allow, we will tailor specific presentations to meet your unique needs.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation or a presentation with any of the members of our training staff, please feel free to contact us.

Online Workshops

Performance Standards for UCF’s Cultural Competencies.

The following are the links for each learning object in the workshop, Performance Standards for UCF’s Cultural Competencies:

Each link will take you directly to the UCF OBOJOBO system. You will log into the OBOJOBO system using your UCF PID and Password.

You will immediately see the Overview, the start of the learning object. It will take you approximately 20 minutes to read the Content section and answer the questions. The time required also depends on your reading speed. Make sure to read the Content thoroughly as the questions in the Practice and Assessment sections are directly from this material.

The Practice questions are just that, practice and review. After answering each question in this section, you will know which option is the correct answer.

The Assessment section evaluates what you have retained, and while they are the same questions posed in the Practice section, they are in random order.

To maximize your score on the Assessment, you may take it up to three times.

Your information will be stored in the OBOJOBO system. This information includes your name, the date and time you completed each learning object, and your score(s).

After completing all three learning objects, have achieved a score of 75% or higher, and if you are interested in receiving credit in your Training Summary, please contact ODI at (407) 823-6479, or e-mail diverse@ucf.edu with your name and PID.

Corporate DEI Training

Coming soon.