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Workplace Diversity Series

Living our values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence

The Workplace Diversity Series provides staff, supervisors and faculty an opportunity to learn about and discuss various workplace diversity issues with colleagues from across campus. Working in a diverse environment brings both opportunities and challenges. By becoming more informed, gaining skills, and having conversations with others, we can improve and enhance our workplace relationships as well as our overall campus environment. We all have a right to work in a place where we feel welcome, included, and appreciated. We also have a responsibility to do our part to create this type of environment for ourselves and others. But it’s not always easy. Attend the Workplace Diversity sessions to get information, ideas, and support in a safe, informative, and collegial environment.

Questions? Contact Marlo Goldstein Hode, graduate coordinator of programming and professional development, at mbgnb9@mail.missouri.edu.

Upcoming Sessions

All sessions are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. and are free. Please feel free to bring your lunch! We ask that you sign up at least 48 hours in advance. Pre-registration is NOT required to attend, but sessions with less than 10 pre-registered participants will be cancelled. Participants who have pre-registered will receive an e-mail reminder about the session or notification in the case of cancellation.

A Culturally-Competent Mizzou Begins with Me and You!

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Union, S204

Mizzou’s ability to be a civil, respectful and inclusive campus begins with faculty and staff who are culturally aware and able to engage in a culturally effective manner with each other and with students. One way to do this is to begin with understanding ways to develop our cultural intelligence (CQ). This session will explore how we can expand ourselves individually and also ways to apply strategies to our workplace settings.

Noor Azizan-Gardner

Presented by Noor Azizan-Gardner, Chancellors Diversity Initiativeexternal link
Noor Azizan-Gardner is the chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri and has been working with intercultural issues in the United States and Europe for the last 19 years. Her work focuses on creating culturally-competent leaders, and she has done extensive workshops, lectures, and consulting on diversity and intercultural competency for the private and public sectors, the police, and the armed forces. Contact Noor at Azizan-GardnerN@missouri.edu or 573-882-5838.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Demystifying Disability: Simple Strategies for Supervising Employees with Disabilities

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Union, S204

In this training, you will learn simple, concrete strategies to help you manage ADA issues in your department – minus the legalese. Many supervisors feel overwhelmed when faced with disability issues because they believe that they have to know all of the details of the ADA or have medical knowledge. Using practical examples gained from her time at the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the EEOC, the MU Director of Accessibility will guide you step by step through various ADA issues while dispelling common myths about disability. You will leave the presentation with simple habits, procedures, and communication strategies that will assist you in supervising employees with all types of disabilities. And the side benefit? These same strategies will not only help you retain your staff with disabilities, but also employees who are aging, dealing with sporadic medical issues, and parenting young children as well.

Amber Cheek

Presented by Amber Cheek, Chancellors Diversity Initiativeexternal link
As the Director of Accessibility, Amber works to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities at Mizzou. She manages workplace accommodations for Mizzou employees, helps ensure accessibility of campus, and works with the Disability Center to represent disability issues to the administration. Amber comes to Mizzou from the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC, where she was a Presidential Management Fellow and Co-Director of the Workforce Recruitment Program, a nationwide employment program for persons with disabilities. Amber is experienced in crafting disability policy and public outreach initiatives, and has assisted multiple federal agencies and NGOs in becoming more inclusive of people with disabilities. Amber also has experience working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. Contact Amber at CheekA@missouri.edu or 573-884-7278.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Trans 101

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Center 2206A

In honor of Trans Awareness week, Struby Struble, LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator, will discuss how to make your work place a safer place for individuals falling in the transgender spectrum and their allies. Definitions, terminology, and basic dos and don'ts will be covered. There will be plenty of time for question and answer.

Struby Struble

Presented by Struby Struble, LGBTQ Resource Centerexternal link
Struby Struble is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a bachelor degree in English. Since her graduation in 2004, she has lived abroad in Spain, worked in the Department of Student Life at the University of Missouri in various positions, and played semi-professional soccer in San Francisco, Calif. She is currently the coordinator of the MU LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Resource Center, and gives trainings on all manner of LGBTQ issues, including but not limited to Safe Space Training, coming out issues, and transgender identity basics. She has also trained on feminism, gender, body image, media influence, why diversity matters, and intersectionality. Contact Struby at StrubleS@missouri.edu or 573-882-7909.

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Last Updated: September 24, 2014