Diversity Training and Programs

We offer a variety of training programs and initiatives to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and encourage you to explore future events and view past recordings. 

Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the University by visiting miami.edu/diversity or contact wei@miami.edu. If you have any questions about a specific DEI training session, please contact HR’s Talent & Organizational Development team at tod@miami.edu. To learn about upcoming events visit: hr.miami.edu/events

Training Opportunities

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  • A Conversation on Gender and Pronouns with Claire Oueslati-Porter Ph.D.

    This event takes place on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

    Interactive Virtual Sessions: Register via ULearn

    Change is often uncomfortable and can happen rapidly. Relying on assumptions can lead to mistakes, embarrassment, and anxiety. Gender pronouns such as he/him, she/her, they/them, are how we refer to the gender identity of ourselves and others. Using the correct pronouns are one way to demonstrate respect and support a diverse and inclusive culture of belonging.

    During this interactive session faculty and staff will hear from Claire Oueslati-Porter PhD., senior lecturer in anthropology and currently serving as director of the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, about gender, the significance and evolution of pronouns, and how to utilize pronouns effectively in the workplace.

  • Expanding Awareness on Gender and Pronouns with YES Institute

    This event takes place on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2024, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Interactive Virtual Sessions: Register via ULearn

    Join YES Institute for an expansion of knowledge, dialogue, and emerging practices on the topics of gender and pronouns in workplace environments.

    During this session you'll gain an increased understanding of gender inclusive language and practical tools and resources to support a diverse and inclusive culture of belonging.

    This program starts where “A Conversation on Gender and Pronouns with Claire Oueslati-Porter Ph.D.” left off. As a result, that course is a prerequisite.

  • Tour: The LGBTQ Student Center

    This event takes place on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2024, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

    In-Person Session: Register via ULearn

    Faculty and staff are invited to attend a special open house and tour of the LGBTQ Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus. The LGBTQ Student Center was established in 2016 and moved to its new home in the Whitten University Center on May 18, 2023. During this visit you’ll learn about the Center’s mission, impact, and services supporting an inclusive culture of belonging.

    The Center is the H.E.A.R.T. of our LGBTQ Community here at the U!  The Center’s team provides a Holistic approach to Educating and creating Awareness around issues of gender, sexuality, and identity using Restorative practices that Transform the lives of our students and the greater Miami community.

    This 1.5-hour tour welcomes all mobility levels. The tour will be inside the Whitten University Center on the Gables Campus. To request an accommodation, email wei@miami.edu or call 305-284-8195 by August 5, 2024.

  • Employee Resource Groups

    Employee Resource Groups (ERG for short) are collaborative networks of employees, organized around a dimension of diversity. Their shared goal is to enhance the University’s culture of belonging, making UM a place where everyone feels welcomed, valued and able to add value. All ERGs are open to all employees.

    Groups: Disability Network Alliance, LGBTQ Faculty-Staff Network, Ubuntu, Veterans Unite, Women's Commission, Women in Academic Medicine, Woodson-Williams-Marshall Association, Young Professionals Network

    Learn more about Employee Resource Groups at the University and their upcoming events.

  • Inclusive Leadership: How to Build an Inclusive Environment

    Interactive Virtual Sessions: Register via ULearn 

    In this new session, we will discuss what it means to be an “inclusive leader” and how to become an advocate for change within the workplace. This interactive virtual session will empower and equip leaders to develop inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

  • Vector Solutions (formerly Everfi) Training Courses: Managing Bias, and Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace

    On-Demand: Register via ULearn 

    The University has partnered with Vector Solutions (formerly Everfi) to provide the online training courses, Managing Bias and Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace. These courses support the University’s commitment to a culture of belonging and our values of diversity, integrity, responsibility, excellence, compassion, creativity, and teamwork. They will introduce you to the personal experiences and perspectives of individuals and the importance of valuing our differences and similarities. 

    The courses, in addition to being highly interactive and engaging, are based in research and best practices for communicating and maintaining healthy relationships with your colleagues.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Interactive Theatre

    Interactive Virtual Sessions: Register via ULearn 

    Experience a dynamic learning modality that combines multi-dimensional human content with the drama of theatre while exploring skills to foster a culture of inclusion. Consider how traditional diversity dimensions impact the variety of concerns and reactions people are experiencing around work during COVID-19. 

  • Creating a More Inclusive Environment: Understanding Our Unconscious Bias

    Interactive Virtual Sessions: Register via ULearn 

    Learn to lead sensitive conversations with empathy and apply behaviors that foster a more inclusive team culture. This new session will help us examine some of our biases and recognize how and where they may have developed during our life experiences. We will use customized case studies for practicing this approach and learn some actions to address them. 

  • Moving from Ally to Accomplice: Building Our Capacity for Authentic Connection

    Interactive Virtual Sessions: Register via ULearn

    This workshop will take you through a journey of deconstructing what it means to be an ally, and how to authentically show up for others while navigating common feelings of self-doubt and “imposter syndrome”. Weaving in personal anecdotes and storytelling, you will learn key historical facts, and begin to explore the true meaning of allyship and how it has been used in modern social justice movements.

Attendee Testimonials

Cooking and Conversation with Chef Alain Lemaire

"I expanded my knowledge regarding the Haitian culture. It was a positive experience."

Elva Velazco, Patient Experience Specialists

Leadership Insights: The Future of Work

"Excellent session! Everyone was authentic and relatable. Amazing time well spent!"

Tonya Rainey, Sr. Contract Specialist, Sourcing

Negotiation and Worldview

"Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida was not only knowledgeable and well-spoken, but she made the training entertaining and fun."

Ethan Ragsdale, Assignment Coordinator, Housing and Residential Life Operations

Program Recaps and Recordings

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  • Black History Month Leadership Insights: Authenticity, Courage, and Belonging

    This event took place on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Click here to view the recording.

    Join us for an inspiring panel discussion where you’ll hear about pivotal experiences and decisions from University leaders that shaped their careers and personal growth. Explore how authenticity and courage shape the experience of belonging for ourselves and others.

  • Understanding Healthcare Discrepancies: The Impact of Sickle Cell Disease

    This event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.
Click here to view the recording.

    Join us for an informative session on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), the most common inherited disorder affecting red blood cells. SCD affects 100,000 Americans, with Florida having the highest number of individuals living with SCD in the USA. Discover more about the impact of sickle cell disease on communities and its effects on individuals mentally, physically, and emotionally. Learn about the resources available at the University of Miami for those dealing with SCD and gain a nuanced understanding of why it is considered a significant health and racial disparity in medicine.

  • Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month

    October is Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month at the University. Read more.

    Learn about the resources available at UM and how you can support an inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

  • Cooking and Conversation with Chef Alain Lemaire

    This event took place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Click here to view the recording.

    May is Haitian Heritage Month – an annual celebration of history, culture, and pride. Join award-winning chef Alain Lemaire and explore Haiti’s vibrant culture through engaging conversation, delightful cooking, and delicious food!

    Using the universal language of food, attendees learn how to prepare authentic Haitian recipes and experience an enlightening cultural immersion with our guide, Chef Alain Lemaire, Co-Owner and Executive Chef of Sensory Delights Catering, and a native of Port-au-Prince Haiti.

  • Negotiation and Worldview: Practices and Tips

    This event took place on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Click here to view the recording.

    We are often in situations in the workplace when we need to interact with others who hold different identities and perspectives from ours. We can frame these differences as worldviews. Some worldviews are more compatible with the one we hold, and others are more challenging.

    

Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Executive Coach and Professor of Professional Practice and Program Director of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia University, shares her research and insights on some of the influences that shape our worldviews, and subsequently, how we interact, communicate, and negotiate with others. She also covers some basic framing of negotiation and tips on how to develop more self-awareness in preparing for future negotiations.

  • Shifting the Narrative Indigenous History & Contemporary Culture of US

    This webinar took place on Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023. Click here to view the recording

    Learn how to be a supportive ally to Indigenous people and enhance your knowledge of Indigenous US history. The goal of this session is to recognize the contributions of Indigenous people on the present US culture, and understand how history doesn’t remain in the past – it’s happening now.

  • Commemorating Black History Month: Leadership Insights Panel

    This webinar took place on Friday, February 24, 2023. Review the 2023 Black History Month recording.
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    Review the 2022 Black History Month event recap or recording.
    Review the 2021 Black History Month event recap or recording.

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