Autumn 2021 DEI Workshop Series

The DEI Workshop Series is a three-part professional development plan designed to equip employees with the habits of mind and tools to address diversity-related matters on campus and contribute positively to a culture of belonging at SPU. The series is guided by a belief that employees are better able to increase their diversity competencies when they have opportunity to develop this knowledge and skillset within the context of their professional roles. Upon completion of the series, we encourage participants to apply their learning to real-life situations on campus by working collaboratively towards the development of a department-level diversity action plan.

Diversity 101: Exploring the What, Why, and How of Diversity at SPU

Required of all new employees/Open to all employees

Next session: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cremona 101. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.

What do we mean by “diversity” at SPU, and why does it even matter? This introductory professional development workshop is divided into three parts and provides a shared language and framework for SPU employees to move forward productively in the work of diversity. Part I (the what) seeks to move participants from a narrow understanding of diversity that focuses on visible aspects of our social identities to a more complex understanding that includes an awareness of how institutional biases can reproduce group-based inequities. Part II (the why) examines SPU’s biblically-informed rationale for this work and introduces participants to Seattle Pacific’s diversity timeline to provide context for current engagement around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Part III (the how) provides an overview of the role and function of the Office of Inclusive Excellence and resources available to employees. The workshop concludes with a call to action for participants to commit to continued learning and engagement in SPU’s DEI efforts.

Can't make it this quarter? Diversity 101 will be offered again on January 27 and April 14.

Diversity 102: Understanding Our Social Identities in the Context of Christian Community

Open to all employees/Prerequisite: Diversity 101

Next session: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12–1 p.m. Cremona 102. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.

How do our social identities affect the way that we view ourselves and others? In this 1.5-hour intermediate level workshop, participants have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss aspects of their social identities and explore the connection between becoming culturally self-aware and culturally responsive. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how their social identities shape the lenses they bring to the workplace, the barriers to truly hearing and understanding one another's positions and values, and the opportunities made available in Christian community to embrace, value, and engage differences with competence and care.

Can't make it this quarter? Diversity 102 will be offered again on February 10 and April 21.

Diversity 103: Becoming a Faith-Formed Inclusive Community

Open to all employees/Prerequisite: Diversity 102

Next session: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cremona 101. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.

This 1-hour advanced workshop provides an opportunity for participants to play the role of diversity detectives who discover clues to help SPU become a more diversity-aware, equity-focused, and welcoming campus community. Join this interactive workshop and bring your sleuthing skills to uncover the biases and normalized aspects of institutional life that can remain hidden to the untrained eye. The workshop incorporates a brainstorming technique that encourages participants to identify and approach existing barriers with new solutions. Participants will conclude the session by identifying what bold steps they might take, individually and collectively, to strengthen SPU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Can't make it this quarter? Diversity 103 will be offered again on February 17 and April 28.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Open to supervisors

Next session: Tuesday, October 19, 12–1 p.m. Cremona 102. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.

This workshop provides practical strategies for navigating difficult conversations in the workplace around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants explore common examples of difficult dialogues; examine how past experiences, biases, and fears can trigger unproductive responses; and acquire tools to turn challenging situations into opportunities for growth. This session is intended for supervisors who want to learn how to communicate across differences more productively and with less stress and anxiety.

Can't make it this quarter? Navigating Difficult Conversations will be offered again on May 10.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021