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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, Postdoctoral Fellow in Diversity Education and Research, at goldsteinhodem@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.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Responding to Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Center 2205 A & B

Mental health problems are common in the U.S. and around the world. Nearly 50 percent of adults in the U.S. will face a diagnosable mental illness at some time in their life. And the cost is high. Without appropriate support and treatment, mental illness can result in significant loss including jobs, relationships, productivity, creativity, and more. The key to maintaining or regaining mental health is early identification and intervention coupled with solid support. Join us to learn how to recognize that someone may be experiencing emotional distress or mental illness. We’ll also share concrete skills and action you can take to provide consistent, effective support. Your actions can help a friend, colleague, or co-worker cope more effectively and maintain life roles and goals.

Christy Hutton

Presented by Christy Hutton, Counseling Centerexternal link
Christy Hutton is a psychologist and outreach coordinator at the Counseling Center. Christy has worked at the Counseling Center for 7 years. She coordinates outreach and prevention efforts for the Center across campus. She has devoted much of her career to teaching others on campus and across the nation how to respond in a mental health crisis. She is on the National Training Team for Mental Health First Aid, an international public health initiative. Mental Health First Aid serves to empower the public to recognize and take effective action to help a person who is experiencing emotional crisis or mental illness. Dr. Hutton has a passion for changing the language and culture around mental illness, breaking stigma, and opening the door to effective mental health care. Contact Christy at HuttonCC@missouri.edu or 573-882-6601.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Microaggressions at Mizzou

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Center 1209 A & B

Microaggressions are subtle, common, and often unintentional slights and many times feel hostile, derogatory, or negative towards underrepresented populations. They serve to invalidate or demean individuals and groups who occupy a marginalized status in society. They can have a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental well-being, as well as their ability to fully engage as members of any community. In this session, we will explore some of the common microaggressions that our students experience on our campus and in our classrooms. We will also discuss strategies for confronting microaggressions that we may face ourselves or that we witness. By building our awareness and skills in dealing with microaggressions, we can work towards a more inclusive learning and working environment at Mizzou.

Stephanie Hernandez

Presented by Stephanie Hernandez, Multiculture Centerexternal link
Stephanie Hernandez is the new Coordinator of the Multicultural Center. She has a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been working in Student Affairs since July 2012. She has a passion for understanding multicultural education and working for underrepresented student populations. Contact Stephanie at HernandezSM@missouri.edu or 573-882-7152.

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Last Updated: February 18, 2015