PResidential initiative - wmu professional development institute
Building Cultural Competencies
The Office of Institutional Equity, in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will hold the inaugural "WMU Professional Development Institute: Building Cultural Competencies", April 28 – May 1, 2020. A presidential initiative and the first of its kind in southwestern Michigan, this Professional Development Institute (PDI) features a 30-hour curriculum (3 ½ days) that utilizes intercultural communication concepts and theories to promote the development of cultural competencies central to cultivating an inclusive, diverse workplace. The focus is on providing a comprehensive professional development opportunity for WMU employees interested in gaining the necessary knowledge, skills, and motivation to facilitate culturally-relevant learning activities in and outside of the university classroom.
Dr. Mark P. Orbe, Professor, School of Communication and Institutional Equity Faculty Fellow will be the facilitator for the PDI. Designed as a “train-the-trainers” workshop, the Institute works to empower and develop participants to effectively manage cross-cultural communication, implement diversity and inclusion programming, and facilitate different professional development opportunities in various university contexts. The curriculum includes low, moderate and high level experiential learning exercises followed by theoretically-informed facilitation processing which can be replicated and/or adapted to diverse audiences. Specific learning outcomes include:
- Engage participants in multimodal learning activities to create a heightened awareness of how historical, social and structural dimensions affect contemporary inter-group relations;
- Equip participants with the necessary knowledge, resources, support and internal networks to provide equity, diversity, and inclusion programming across WMU;
- Empower participants in the co-creation of individual professional development goals related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access; and
- Enhance existing individual and organizational resources in the building of cultural competency capacity toward the development of a campus model for future sustainability.
Download the application to complete as a fill-able form, once completed "save as" to send as an attachment to email@example.com; or print completed application and send through campus mail, Institutional Equity Mailstop 5405. Please submit application by Monday, March 2, 2020. Selected participants will be notified no later than March 23, 2020.
Employee recruitment and selection
Implicit Bias Workshop for Search Committees
Biases, commonly known as intentional or unintentional prejudices and preferences, create unfair advantages or disadvantages and may result in discrimination against another individual or group. The workshops are designed to increase awareness of various forms of individual, group and institutional implicit or unconscious biases that are barriers to diversity, equity and inclusivity in hiring decisions and outcomes. Participants or members of search committees will receive information and engage in exercises and discussion focused on different forms of implicit bias and best practice strategies to mitigate bias in employee search and selection process.
The Bias-Free Hiring Quick Reference Guide is a supplemental resource for search committee members who participate in one of the Implicit Bias Workshops for Search Committees or an executive level search committee training session. The guide is not a replacement for participation in the workshop. TURNER CONSULTING GROUP INC. has granted our organization permission to share this information in support of our educational and professional development efforts for search committee members.
Bias Free Hiring Guide
Fall 2019 semester workshop dates, times and locations;
- Friday, October 4; 9 - 11 am - Multicultural Center Lounge, Trimpe Building
- Wednesday, October 30; 8 am - Noon - Bernhard 105-107*
- Tuesday, November 12; 8 am - Noon - Bernhard 105-107*
- Friday, November 22; 9 - 11 am - Multicultural Center Lounge, Trimpe Building
*These are expanded workshops.
Spring 2020 semester workshop dates, times and locations;
- Friday, January 24; 10 am - Noon - 1231 Trimpe Building
- Friday, February 14; 10 am - Noon - 1231 Trimpe Building
Registration for each workshop is available online through the Faculty Development Workshop website. The workshops are listed as; AA/IE - Implicit Bias Workshop for Search Committees.
If you do not have a Bronco Net ID or password, or need additional information, please call Institutional Equity at (269) 387-6316 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty and Staff responsible employee training
How to Respond to a Disclosure of Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment or Violence
You have undoubtedly heard about cases of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses across the nation. How are these issues being addressed at WMU? How do you support a student or colleague who reaches out to you for help? What about privacy and confidentiality concerns? This program answers these questions and covers steps faculty, staff and graduate assistants can take to improve safety at all WMU locations. Though open to all WMU employees, anyone designated as a Responsible Employee or Campus Security Authority is strongly encouraged to attend (see Responsible Employee List).
Training dates for the 2019/2020 academic year;
- Tuesday, September 24; 9 - 10 am
- Wednesday, October 23; 1 - 2 pm
- Thursday, November 14; 9 - 10 am
- Thursday, December 5; 1 - 2 pm
- Tuesday, January 28; 1 - 2 pm
- Wednesday, February 26; 1 - 2 pm
- Tuesday, March 24; 9 - 10 am
- Thursday, May 7; 9 - 10 am (Session has been canceled)
All sessions are scheduled to be held in 1231 Trimpe.
Registration for the How to Respond to a Disclosure program is available online through the Faculty Development Workshop website.