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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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Demystifying Disability: Creating a Supportive Culture for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Union, N206 Walt Disney Room

Join us for this Celebrate Ability Week event! As a University, we are very focused on supporting our students with disabilities and ensuring that they feel fully included at Mizzou. However, it is just as important to understand the issues facing faculty and staff with disabilities. This training will seek to decrease the “knowledge gap” about disability in the employment context by covering: 1) general disability awareness and etiquette, 2) how to create a workplace culture that is accepting and supportive of employees with disabilities, 3) how to have conversations about disability issues in the workplace, and 4) the basics of recognizing the need for a reasonable accommodation and how to start the process.

Amber Cheek

Presented by Amber Cheek, Chancellors Diversity Initiativeexternal link
As the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager, 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.

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See previous Workplace Diversity sessions here.

Note: In order to encourage free and open sharing of ideas and confidentiality of individuals participating in our sessions, we prohibit any recording, picture taking, and interviewing of any trainer or participant without prior permission. Permission will require full disclosure of publishing intent

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Last Updated: October 01, 2015